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Wednesday, 20 Tevet 5777 / January 18, 2017

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Torah lessons: Chumash: Sh'mot, Sheini with Rashi.
Tehillim: 97-103.
Tanya: However, the essence (p. 47)...and its delights. (p. 47).

The Mitteler Rebbe answered someone at yechidus: When two discuss a subject in avoda and they study together, there are two Divine souls1 against one natural soul.

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.

See Tanya chapters 1 and 2 for an introduction to the concept of two souls. In our context the point is this: Each Divine soul (neshama) desires not only that the person himself fulfill G‑d's Will (to study Torah and be active in avoda) but also desires that another do so. Selfless concern for another's spiritual welfare is, after all, part of the basic "goodness" and character of the neshama. By contrast, the hedonistic natural soul is basically self-centered; it is not driven by a desire that another should enjoy physical pleasures etc. So, when two Jews study Torah together, the natural soul within each of them attempts to hinder that person alone. The G‑dly soul, however, since it also desires the other's welfare, joins forces with his neshama, so that "...there are two Divine souls against one natural soul."
Daily Quote
Although a fire descended from heaven upon the Altar, it is a mitzvah to add to it a humanly produced fire
  –Talmud, Eruvin 63a
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