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Sunday, 22 Tammuz 5777 / July 16, 2017

Sunday: Sacred Speech

Sunday: Sacred Speech

First Reading: Numbers 30:2–31:12

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G‑d instructed Moses regarding the laws governing how a person can make vows and oaths to G‑d.
Sacred Speech
אִישׁ כִּי יִדֹּר נֶדֶר לַה' וגו': (במדבר ל:ג)
[G‑d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people,] “If someone makes a vow to G‑d . . . he must not violate his word.” Numbers 30:3

The word for “violate” in Hebrew (yacheil) comes from the word for “profane” or “unholy” (chol). The inner meaning of this verse is therefore that we should not make our words “unholy”; even our mundane conversation should be imbued with holy intentions and be consistent with the greater purpose of Creation, making a home for G‑d in this world.1

Footnotes
1.
Likutei Sichot, vol. 13, p. 108.
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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