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Shabbat, 28 Kislev 5772 / December 24, 2011

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Monday Kislev 28, Fourth Day of Chanuka 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Mikeitz, Sheini with Rashi.
Tehillim: 135-139.
Tanya: For when the intellect (p. 11)...with its offshoots (p. 11).

It was customary for the Tzemach Tzedek to have a sort of farbrengen on one of the evenings of Chanuka with his family, including his daughters-in-law. This was called "latkes evening." This was also the practice of the Alter Rebbe and the Mitteler Rebbe. Among the stories the Rebbes told at this meal were some which were widely talked about every Chanuka, though they had been discussed the year before.

My father would give Chanuka-gelt on the evening of the fourth or fifth light.

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.

Daily Quote
"Miriam... took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances..." (Song at the Sea, Exodus 15:20) How did the Israelites have tambourines in the desert? But the righteous women of that generation were certain that G-d will perform miracles for them, and they prepared tambourines and dances while still in Egypt...
  –Midrash Mechiilta; Rashi on verse
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