Tuesday, February 20, 2018

5th of Adar, 5778

Alef-Bet/Acrostics (22 days):

3rd day of the 8th cycle. Gimmel within the cycle of Samech and AyinGimmel-Samech / Samech-Gimmel.

Proverbs 31:

12. She requites him with good and not with evil all the days of her life. יבגְּמָלַ֣תְהוּ ט֣וֹב וְלֹא־רָ֑ע כֹּ֜֗ל יְמֵ֣י חַיֶּֽיהָ:

Sefirot/Perek Shirah (Weeks):

10th day of the cycle of Netzach (Victory/Endurance), which is the 3rd day of the 23rd week of the year (Leviathan), Tiferet shebeGevurah shebeNetzach, Balance/Beauty within Might/Discipline within Victory/Endurance.

Attributes of Mercy/2 Halachot (13 days):

1st day (מִי אֵ-ל כָּמוֹךָ) within the 13th cycle (מִימֵי קֶדֶם).

Mishna Berura: 313 & 314

Hayom Yom (from Chabad.org):

Adar I
There is not the vaguest shadow of doubt that, wherever our feet tread, it is all in order to cleanse and purify the world with words of Torah and tefilla (prayer). We, all of Israel, are emissaries of G‑d, each of us as Divine Providence has decreed for us. None of us is free from this sacred task placed on our shoulders.

Adar II
Studying Talmud and related works, studying Chassidus, and actual avoda, are all imperative. Not only can there be no thought of one superseding or being superseded by the other, on the contrary, their relationship is symbiotic, mutually enriching: An ignorant person cannot be a chassid,1 so the study of Talmud and halacha is an absolute necessity. Who is a chassid? He who conducts himself with piety toward his Creator,2 so there must be the study of Chassidus, and the ultimate purpose of all study is, after all, actual avoda.

Avot 2:5.
The simple meaning: One who serves G‑d beyond the requirements of the law, b'hidur, performing Torah and mitzvot with more depth, more vitality; for this, study of Chassidus is essential. (See also Kislev 14, for a more profound, mystical meaning of "Who is a chassid etc...").

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