Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shabat, 10th of Iyar

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

4th day of Week 32 (the "Mule") and the 25th day (the "Frog") of the 5th cycle ("Hod"), Netzach shebeNetzach shebeHod, Victory/Endurance within Victory/Endurance within Glory/Acknowledgement.

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

1st day of the 11th cycle ("Dew and Rain"), Alef within the cycle of Shin and Tav (Alef-Shin) 

Note: Alef and Shin spell Esh: Fire.


Lamentations:

I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath. אֲנִי הַגֶּבֶר רָאָה עֳנִי בְּשֵׁבֶט עֶבְרָתוֹ: 

Song of Songs:

Go out, O daughters of Zion, and gaze upon King Solomon, upon the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his nuptials and on the day of the joy of his heart.

צְאֶינָה | וּרְאֶינָה בְּנוֹת צִיּוֹן בַּמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה בָּעֲטָרָה שֶׁעִטְּרָה לּוֹ אִמּוֹ בְּיוֹם חֲתֻנָּתוֹ וּבְיוֹם שִׂמְחַת לִבּוֹ:


Hayom Yom

It is our custom to dip the piece of bread (for hamotzi) into salt three times, not to sprinkle the salt on the bread.
At the festive meal on the second day of Shavuot 5621 (1861), the Tzemach Tzedek related as follows: At the festive meal on the second day of Shavuot 5555 (1795) my grandfather (the Alter Rebbe) said:
At the festive meal on the second day of Shavuot 5528 (1768) my saintly master and teacher (the Maggid of Mezritch) said:
"You shall count for yourselves," us'fartem lachem. The word us'fartem, - you shall count - has the root of sapirut, - brilliance and brightness. Us'fartem lachem, your lachem, selves, must be bright.
The Tzemach Tzedek continued his narrative: My grandfather (the Alter Rebbe) then leaned his head on his hands and sang the Niggun (melody) Of Four Stanzas with profound d'veikut. Afterward he raised his head and said in a questioning tone, "And with what does one brighten the lachem?" - and without a pause he continued in a tone of response, "with the seven complete weeks (more literally, "...seven...Sabbaths"), that is, through refining one's seven emotion-traits, each trait in turn to be sub-incorporated with all seven. The seven attributes themselves are to become 'seven Sabbaths,' Shabbat needing no refinement."
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