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Thursday, 13 Cheshvan 5778 / November 2, 2017

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Thursday Cheshvan 13 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayeira, Chamishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 69-71.
Tanya: (XXVIIb). It is stated (p. 567) ...effect, as known. (p. 567).

The Baal Shem Tov used to instruct his disciples in a regular Gemara study-session. His style of study was with great acuity and brilliance, and included a study of Rambam, Alfasi, Rosh and other commentaries of the Rishonim (early commentators) germane to the Gemara-text under examination. The Baal Shem Tov would translate the words (of the text) into Yiddish. When studying in Eirchin 15b the passage "The third tongue1 kills three persons," the Baal Shem Tov translated and explained: Lashon hara (the evil tongue; slander) kills all three, the inventor of the slander, the one who relates it and the listener. This is all in spiritual terms, which is more severe than physical murder.

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
1.
The "third tongue" refers to the person relating a previously-heard slander. He acts as a "third party" or intermediary between the originator of the slander and the listener. See also Likutei Sichot, Vol. 5, p. 44 note 47.
Daily Quote
Nine Red Heifers were prepared from the time that the Jewish people were commanded this mitzvah until the Second Temple was destroyed. The first was prepared by Moses, the second by Ezra, and another seven were prepared from Ezra until the Temple's destruction. The tenth Heifer will be prepared by Moshiach, may he speedily be revealed, Amen, may it so be the will of G-d.
  –Mishneh Torah, Laws of the Red Heifer 3:4
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