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Friday, 23 Tishrei 5778 / October 13, 2017

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Friday Tishrei 23, Simchat Torah 5704
We do not read the Torah at night. Blessing by the kohanim at Shacharit. We do not have the custom to spread a tallit over the heads of the chatan Torah and chatan Bereishit. The one called to the Torah also1 says chazak chazak venitchazeik.
Torah lessons: Chumash: B'racha, Shishi and Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 108-112.
Tanya: XXIV. My beloved, (p. 531) ...apparent to all. (p. 533).

On Simchat Torah 5540 (1779) the Alter Rebbe said:

It is a tree of life for those who hold fast to it - this refers to people of intellect who study Torah. ...and those who support it are fortunate2 - these are the people of avoda (davening) who occupy themselves with Torah.

They are fortunate (me'ushar) as the Zohar (III 53b) interprets: Do not read the word as me'ushar but (through a transposition of letters) as meirosho, "from his head." Through their avoda they call forth (the spiritual level of) "His head," the inwardness of the En Sof.

This is similar to the unique quality of the foot which provides the support of the head.

Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory.

Footnotes
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I.e. in addition to all the congregants.
Daily Quote
Life is dependent on the air around us, and the quality of life is dependent on the quality of air. In an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvot there is healthy life. The first general step in healing is to purify the atmosphere, and is effected through the letters of Torah. When speaking words of Torah while in the store or walking in the street or riding the subway, one purifies the air...
  –Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch
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Parshah Simchat Torah
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