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Wednesday, 27 Tevet 5777 / January 25, 2017

Wednesday: Warmth and Enthusiasm

Wednesday: Warmth and Enthusiasm

Fourth Reading: Exodus 7:8–8:6

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As G‑d instructed them, Moses and Aaron presented themselves before Pharaoh and his court, demanding that he release the Jews from slavery. Pharaoh requested proof that they were indeed sent by G‑d. As G‑d had instructed him to, Moses told Aaron to cast his staff to the ground, transforming it into a serpent. But Pharaoh was unimpressed by this marvel since his sorcerers were also able to do it. So G‑d told Moses to transform the Nile River’s water into blood, as the first of the ten plagues.
Warmth and Enthusiasm
הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי מַכֶּה בַּמַּטֶּה אֲשֶׁר בְּיָדִי עַל הַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר בַּיְאֹר וְנֶהֶפְכוּ לְדָם: (שמות ז:יז)
[G‑d instructed Moses to tell Pharaoh,] “I am now going to strike the water in the river with the staff in my hand, and it will turn into blood.” Exodus 7:17

The first of the ten plagues was the transformation of cold river water into warm blood, signifying the transformation of cold indifference toward Divinity into warm enthusiasm for it. This had to be the first of the plagues, because indifference would have prevented the Egyptians from being affected by any further demonstrations of G‑d’s power and involvement in life.

A similar lesson applies to anyone striving to leave the slavery of their inner “Egypt” – the tyranny of their material drives and not-yet-refined bodily desires. Our first step in this process is to replace any cold indifference to all things Jewish and holy with warm, passionate enthusiasm for G‑d, His Torah, and His commandments.1

Footnotes
1.
Likutei Sichot, vol. 1, p. 121.
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (11 Nissan 1902–3 Tammuz 1994) became the seventh rebbe of the Chabad dynasty on 10 Shevat 1950. He is widely acknowledged as the greatest Jewish leader of the second half of the 20th century, a dominant scholar in both the revealed and hidden aspects of Torah, and fluent in many languages and on scientific subjects. The Rebbe is best known for his extraordinary love and concern for every Jew on the planet, having sent thousands of emissaries around the globe, dedicated to strengthening Judaism.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky is a scholar, author and anthologist, and is editor-in-chief at Chabad House Publications of California. He is the author and translator of Apples from the Orchard, gleanings from the writings of the Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria, 1534–1572) on the Torah, and is the author and editor-in-chief of the Kehot Chumash produced by Chabad House Publications, featuring an interpolated translation of the Torah with commentary adapted from the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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Anonymous January 6, 2016

To replace these inner thoughts are harder than you think. What is your solution ??? Reply

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