Sunday, March 26, 2017

Monday, 29th of Adar, 5777 (Erev Rosh Chodesh Nissan)

In Memory of My Grandmother, Chanah Miriam bat Pinchas

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

6th day of Week 26 ("the Lamb") and the 34th day of the cycle of Netzach (Victory/Endurance), Yesod shebeHod shebeNetzach, Foundation within Glory/Acknowledgement within Victory/Endurance.

Alef-Bet/Psalms (Cycles of 22 days):

5th day of the 9th cycle ("Thick and Light Clouds"), Heh within the cycle of Peh and TzadikHeh-Peh, Peh-Heh

mouth ; opening, entrance




Her adversaries have become the head, her enemies are at ease; for the Lord has afflicted her because of the multitude of her sins; her young children went into captivity before the enemy.

הָיוּ צָרֶיהָ לְרֹאשׁ אֹיְבֶיהָ שָׁלוּ כִּי יְהֹוָה הוֹגָהּ עַל רֹב פְּשָׁעֶיהָ עוֹלָלֶיהָ הָלְכוּ שְׁבִי לִפְנֵי צָר:

Comments/Perspective: This seems very related to the Pirkei Avot for this week: 

"Rabbi Ishmael would say: Be yielding to a leader, affable to the black-haired, and receive every man with joy."

הוי קל לראש ונוח לתשחורת, והוי מקבל את כל האדם בשמחה

Hayom Yom:

In responding to l'chayim there are two versions:
(a.) L'chayim tovim ul'shalom, "for good life, and for peace." The reason for this blessing is that the first time drinking wine is mentioned in the Torah, there were undesirable results. "Noach began etc." also, the Tree of Knowledge was a grapevine. Therefore we extend the blessing that this wine be for a good life.
(b.) The Maggid of Mezritch used to respond l'chayim velivracha. Once at a farbrengen, the Alter Rebbe responded l'chayim velivracha. After the farbrengen Chassidim discussed this expression, which they heard then for the first time. One chassid proposed: Since "When wine enters, the secret comes out," which in avoda signifies that the emotions are revealed, we need a b'racha for this; the expression is l'chayim velivracha, and "livracha" may be read, leiv racha, a sensitive heart.
The Tzemach Tzedek commented: Such an interpretation could be proposed only by a chassid who has davened and labored in avoda for thirty years.
My father said: A chassid creates an environment. If he does not, he had better check his own baggage carefully, to see whether his own affairs are in order. The very fact that he fails to create an environment should make him as broken as a splinter. He must demand of himself: What am I doing in this world?

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