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Sunday, 23 Shevat 5777 / February 19, 2017

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Friday Sh'vat 23 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Yitro, Shishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 108-112.
Tanya: From this the intelligent (p.97)...as will be explained later. (p. 99).

Once, as the Alter Rebbe stepped out of his room, he overheard his wife remarking to several women, "Mine1 says..."

The Rebbe said: "With one mitzva I am yours; with how many are we G‑d's!" With these words he fell onto the doorpost in dveikut.2 On "awakening" from the dveikut he said: "Go out and see"3 - to step out of self and perceive the Divine, comes from (the following words in that verse) "daughters of Zion," Malchut arousing z'a.4 The Future will bring the fulfillment of "A valorous woman is her husband's crown."5

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.
"Mine" is understood in Yiddish to refer to one's husband or wife.
2.
Profound concentration, a communion with the Divine that removes one from physical awareness.
4.
Malchut (lit. "royalty") is the tenth attribute, for which the moon is a metaphor, having no light of its own but reflecting (see "Tzemach Tzedek and Haskala Movement" p. 110, Note 3). Malchut then, is a "feminine" attribute, receiving. Z'a or z'er anpin, the "minor visage," represents the earlier six attributes, starting with chessed, gevura, (kindness, severity) etc. The six act through malchut which makes them effective. The "stepping out of self," negation of ego, and the resultant "perceiving the Divine" are elicited by the "daughters of Zion," the "feminine" aspect, malchut.
5.
Mishlei 12:4. While apparently the feminine attribute is recipient, its true status will in the future be revealed as Crown, transcendent, higher than the highest attributes of intellect, as the crown encompasses the head.
Daily Quote
Am I my brother’s keeper?
  –Cain to G‑d (Genesis 4:9)
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