Friday, March 17, 2017

Shabat, 20th of Adar, 5777

In Memory of My Grandmother, Chanah Miriam bat Pinchas

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

4th day of Week 25 and the 25th day of the cycle of Netzach (Victory/Endurance), Netzach shebeNetzach shebeNetzach, Victory/Endurance within Victory/Endurance within Victory/Endurance.

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

18th day of the 8th cycle. Tzadi within the cycle of Samech and AyinTzadi-Samech, Samech-Tzadi

Proverbs 31:

She supervises the ways of her household and does not eat bread of idleness.

צוֹפִיָּה הֲלִיכוֹת בֵּיתָהּ וְלֶחֶם עַצְלוּת לֹא תֹאכֵל:


Psalm 119:

The righteousness of Your testimonies is eternal; enable me to understand and I shall live.

צֶדֶק עֵדְו‍ֹתֶיךָ לְעוֹלָם הֲבִינֵנִי וְאֶחְיֶה:


Hayom Yom:

Avoda (translated as "service" and "striving") is not the striving that avoda (service) itself be true; rather, truth itself is an avoda, that the "fingernails" be true. Why does that surprise you? "He saw the attribute of Truth," the Talmud declares, "and he prostrated himself."

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The Alter Rebbe related: Among the teachings my Rebbe (the Maggid) told me at yechidus, there was one on the verse, "A constant fire shall be kept burning on the altar; it shall not be extinguished."

The Maggid taught: Though fire descends from Above, spontaneously, it is a mitzva to bring from the 'ordinary,' by man. (Man's action is) an awakening from below which engenders an awakening Above. (For the nature of spirit is that) 'spirit elicits (another, responding) spirit and in turn calls forth another, yet higher spirit.' The spirit from below elicits the spirit from Above, calling forth spirit from higher and still higher.

It is a positive mitzva to kindle fire on the altar. 'Altar' refers to the 'man who offers of you.'4 The offering itself is insufficient. Man must kindle a fire on the offering that is 'of you.' This fire, lo tichbeh (literally, 'it shall not be extinguished'), shall extinguish (tichbeh) the lo (the 'no,' the negative).

My Master told me this teaching ten times to engrave it in the ten powers of my soul. "You, my pupil," he said to me, "are in need of this constant fire, for yours is the duty of extinguishing the great lo (of the opponents of Chassidus). You shall extinguish the lo, and G‑d will transform the lo to hein ('yes'; assent, the positive).
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