Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday, 10th of Tammuz

Hayom Yom

In the early period of his leadership the Alter Rebbe taught: "The footsteps of man are directed by G‑d."1 When a Jew comes to a particular place it is for an (inner Divine) intent and purpose - to perform a mitzva, whether a mitzva between man and G‑d or a mitzva between man and his fellow-man. A Jew is G‑d's messenger. Wherever a messenger (shaliach) may be, he represents the power of the meshalei'ach, the one who sent him.2 The superior quality that souls possess, higher than the angels (who are also "messengers"), is that souls are messengers by virtue of Torah.

1. Tehillim 37:23.
2. See also earlier, 7 Adar I, and Iyar 8

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

7th day of Week 40 (the "Wolf") and the 35th day (the "Wild Animals") of the 6th cycle ("Yesod"), Malchut shebeHod shebeYesod, Kingship within Glory/Acknowledgement within Foundation.

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

16th day of the 13th cycle ("Fig and Pomegranite Trees"), Ayin within the cycle of Mem Sofit  

Lamentations:

51. My eye sullies my soul more than all the daughters of my city.

נא עֵינִי עוֹלְלָה לְנַפְשִׁי מִכֹּל בְּנוֹת עִירִי:

Rashi: 
My eye sullies my soul more than all the daughters of my city: Jeremiah was from a priestly family, and he said, “My eye, with its tears, sullies my face over myself more than all the daughters of my city.” 

sullies: Heb. עוֹלְלָה, an expression of sullying, like (Job 16:15): “and sullied (וְעוֹלַלְתִּי) my radiance.”

more than all the daughters of my city: My family has more to cry for than all the daughters of the city, for it was chosen for sanctity and for the service of the Holy One, blessed be He, over all Israel.

Song of Songs:

14. The pots [of figs] have given forth [their] fragrance, and on our doorways are all manner of sweet fruits, both new and old, which I have hidden away for you, my beloved.

יד הַדּוּדָאִים נָתְנוּ רֵיחַ וְעַל פְּתָחֵינוּ כָּל מְגָדִים חֲדָשִׁים גַּם יְשָׁנִים דּוֹדִי צָפַנְתִּי לָךְ:

Rashi: 
the pots: The pots of the good and the bad figs, as it is stated (Jer. 24:1f.): “The Lord showed me, and behold, two pots of figs, etc. One pot [contained] very good figs, etc., and the other pot [contained] very bad figs, which could not be eaten.” These are the transgressors of Israel. Now, both of them have given forth their fragrance. They all seek Your countenance.
 
and on our doorways are all manner of sweet fruits: We have in our hands the reward for [fulfilling] many commandments.
 
both new and old: that which the Sages innovated, as well as the old, which You wrote for me.
 
which I have hidden away for you: For Your name and for Your service I have hidden them away in my heart. Another explanation: I stored them away to show You that I have fulfilled them.


Tanach
Job 12-13
Mishnayot/Tosefta
Kelim 13-16 (Tos.)

Halachot
Orach Chayim 559-560
Yoreh Deah  144-146
Choshen Mishpat 258-259

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