Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday, 13th of Shvat, 5777

L'Iluy Nishmat Rebbetzin Shterna Sara, whose yahrzeit was today.*

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

2nd day of Week 20 and the 37th day of the cycle of Tiferet (Balance/Beauty), Gevurah shebeYesod shebeTiferet, Discipline/Judgement within Foundation within Balance/Beauty.

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

3rd day of the 7th cycle. Gimmel within Mem and Nun:

Psalm 145:

גָּדוֹל יְהֹוָה וּמְהֻלָּל מְאֹד וְלִגְדֻלָּתוֹ אֵין חֵקֶר:

The Lord is great and very much praised, and His greatness cannot be searched.

Psalm 119:

גַּם יָשְׁבוּ שָׂרִים בִּי נִדְבָּרוּ עַבְדְּךָ יָשִׂיחַ בְּחֻקֶּיךָ:

Although princes sat and talked about me, Your servant conversed about Your statutes.


And Moses said, When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and bread in the morning [with which] to become sated, when the Lord hears your complaints, which you are making [the people] complain against Him, but [of] what [significance] are we? Not against us are your complaints, but against the Lord.


21. You will increase my greatness; You will turn and console me.
22. I too will thank You on the lyre for Your faithfulness, My God; I will sing to You on the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
23. My lips will rejoice when I sing to you, as well as my soul which You have redeemed.

24. My tongue will also utter Your righteousness all day, for those who seek my harm are shamed and disgraced.
This infinite light manifest in one’s Torah study is of such a lofty level that all the upper and lower worlds are truly as naught in comparison with it; are in fact as absolutely nothing at all, so much so that they can only bear to have a minute glow of it clothed in them without their reverting to nothingness altogether. Their main life-force which they receive from it, however, is not clothed within them, but animates them from the outside, so to speak, in a transcendent, encompassing manner.


The following rules apply when a person sells an animal to a purchaser or gives it as a gift and tells the purchaser or the recipient: "Acquire it in the manner in which people normally acquire it." If he performs meshichah or hagbahah, he acquires it. If, however, he rides upon it a distinction is made: If this is done in the field, he acquires it. If it is done in the city, he does not acquire it, for it is not common for people to ride in a city.
For this reason, if the purchaser or recipient is an important person - who is accustomed to riding in a city, a very base person - who is not concerned about riding through the city, a person who raises animals or servants... or if the animal is in the public domain where many walk, it can be acquired by riding, provided the rider causes the animal to proceed.

Hayom Yom:

Yahrzeit is observed on the anniversary of the day of death even the first year, and even if the day of burial was much later than the day of death.1
When my grandfather (R. Shmuel) was seven, his father (the Tzemach Tzedek) once answered him: The kindness and special quality in G‑d's making man upright,2 to walk erectly, is that though he walks on the earth he sees the Heavens; not so with beasts that go on all fours; they see only the earth.
Note: This day (Sh'vat 13) marks theYahrzeit of Rebbetzin Shterna Sara in 5702 (1942). She was the mother of the Rebbe, R. Yosef Yitzchak.

Daf Yomi:

Bava Basra 18 speaks of various substances that are damaging even when there is a wall separating two properties. The same would apply if there is no wall. Keep these damaging substances away... there is also a discussion as to who should be responsible for keeping certain substances away, the one that owns the substance that damages, or the one that would be damaged. There is also a question in the case where both substances damage each other.


Nedarim starts in a way that is similar to Kol Nidrei: 

.כל כנויי נדרים. כנדרים. וחרמים. כחרמים. ושבועות. כשבועות. ונזירות. כנזירות. 

All colloquial terms for vows are the same as vows; those for devotions are the same as devotions; those for oaths are the same as oaths; those for Nazarite [vows] are the same as Nazarite [vows]. 

* Tonight was the first night in which I would begin to include the Mishnah chapters for the day. Today's chapters were Nedarim 1 and 2, and I took my Kehati book from the shelf. Inside was the speech I had written for my youngest daughter's baby-naming. Her name in Hebrew is Ayelet Sarah. In the speech, I mentioned how the name was given in honor of the great tzadeket, Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah. I then went to add the Hayom Yom, and saw in the footnote that today was Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah's yahrzeit!

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