Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monday, 22nd of Adar, 5777

In Memory of My Grandmother, Chanah Miriam bat Pinchas

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

6th day of Week 25 and the 27th day of the cycle of Netzach (Victory/Endurance), Yesod shebeNetzach shebeNetzach, Foundation within Victory/Endurance within Victory/Endurance.

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

20th day of the 8th cycle. Reish within the cycle of Samech and AyinReish-Samech, Samech-Reish

רְסִיס: shard, sliver ; shred, trace; drops

סָר: (literary) to turn aside, to deviate (from a path) ; to leave, to move away from ; (formal) to enter, to approach, to go to ; (flowery) to depart, to withdraw, to take leave of

סַר: (flowery) angry, sad, despondent

Proverbs 31:

"Many women have acquired wealth, but you surpass them all."

רַבּוֹת בָּנוֹת עָשׂוּ חָיִל וְאַתְּ עָלִית עַל כֻּלָּנָה

Psalm 119:

The beginning of Your word is true, and each of Your righteous judgments is eternal.

רֹאשׁ דְּבָרְךָ אֱמֶת וּלְעוֹלָם כָּל מִשְׁפַּט צִדְקֶךָ

Comments/Perspectives: The verses above point to a very important quality, which is the power to join and elevate the Klal (the "collective"). We are always building on those that came before us, and the service of a Jew is to unite the present, past, and future, all that has been acquired, and take it higher. 

Hayom Yom:

My father writes in one of his maamarim: "Regarding s'uda shlishit (the third Shabbat meal): The allusion to the verse, today you will not find it (the manna, i.e., Shabbat bread) etc., means only that bread is not required at that meal, but we must partake of some food. R. Yosi did say, may my lot be with those who partake of three Shabbat meals.

Comments/Perpsectives: R. Yosi did not say "may I have the merit to partake of three Shabbat meals," rather "may my lot be with those who partake..."

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The Alter Rebbe taught, shortly after he came to Lyozna: One must always (l'olam) be scrupulous (zahir) about the Mincha davening.

The special quality of Mincha over Shacharit and Maariv is that it comes in the middle of the day, when people are occupied and busy with their personal affairs, yet they interrupt to daven Mincha. Therefore,

l'olam ("always," or more literally: "for the world"), man's avoda in This World is...

...y'hei adam (lit. "man must be," but the Hebrew words also imply "be a man" i.e. that) his intellect illuminate and affect his emotions.

...zahir (lit. "scrupulous," but also:) "luminous," i.e., that form (the spiritual) "illuminate" or have dominance over the material. This becomes evident through the Mincha davening.


Birkat Kohanim elicits Divine Intellect. The "raising of the hands" (by the kohanim) is the elevation of the emotive attributes (midot). Their blessing of Israel, "children of kings," signifies malchut. Thus we have the full configuration of the Ten Sefirot.

Comments/Perspectives: the Kohanim bless "the collective," and it is only by doing so that the configuration of the collective Ten Sefirot is complete.

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