Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thursday, 1st of Iyyar (Rosh Chodesh)

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

2nd day of Week 31 (the "Horse") and the 16th day (the "Ducks") of the 5th cycle ("Hod"), Gevurah shebeTiferet shebeHod, Might/Discipline within Balance/Beauty within Glory/Acknowledgement.

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

14th day of the 9th cycle ("Wind and Lightning"), Nun within the cycle of Kuf and Reish (Nun/Reish) 

Lamentations:

Your prophets have seen false and senseless visions for you, and they have not exposed your iniquity to straighten out your backsliding, but have prophesied for you false and misleading oracles.

נְבִיאַיִךְ חָזוּ לָךְ שָׁוְא וְתָפֵל וְלֹא גִלּוּ עַל עֲו‍ֹנֵךְ לְהָשִׁיב שְׁבוּתֵךְ (כתיב שְׁבֻיּתֵךְ) וַיֶּחֱזוּ לָךְ מַשְׂאוֹת שָׁוְא וּמַדּוּחִם:

Song of Songs:

I will arise now and go about the city, in the market places and in the city squares. I will seek him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but I did not find him.

אָקוּמָה נָּא וַאֲסוֹבְבָה בָעִיר בַּשְּׁוָקִים וּבָרְחֹבוֹת אֲבַקְשָׁה אֵת שֶׁאָהֲבָה נַפְשִׁי בִּקַּשְׁתִּיו וְלֹא מְצָאתִיו:

Hayom Yom

At a farbrengen during the days of sefira (at some time in the years 5651-5653, 1891-1893) someone said to my father, "The Alter Rebbe's chassidim were always keeping count." My father took a great liking to the saying, and he commented: "That idea characterizes man's avoda. The hours must be 'counted hours,' then the days will be 'counted days.' When a day passes one should know what he has accomplished and what remains yet to be done... In general, one should always see to it that tomorrow should be much better than today."
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