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Wednesday, 13 Kislev 5776 / November 25, 2015

Hayom Yom

Hayom Yom

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Friday Kislev 13 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayishlach, Shishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 69-71.
Tanya: To understand the (p. 619)...of the Minor Visage. (p. 621).

My father said: Chassidus changes what exists, and uncovers the essence-character. The essence-character of the Jewish person is beyond estimation and assessment, for he is a part of (G-d's) Essence, and whoever lays hold of a part of The Essence is as though he lays hold of it all. Just as The Essence is unlimited, so is the part unlimited. This is similar to tzitzit being "on the corner"1 - i.e. "of the same material as the corner"2 of the garment. (The existence of the soul as an entity discrete from G-d's Essence) is only because G-d3 created the soul to be a created being; and Chassidus reveals the essence-character (of the 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.

1. Bamidbar 15:38.
2. Menachot 39a.
3. The actual word used in the text is Atzmut, "The Ultimate Essential G-dhead."
Daily Quote
Tree, o' tree, with what can I bless you? That your fruit should be sweet? Your fruit is sweet. That your shade should be plentiful? Your shade is plentiful. That a stream of water should run beneath you? Water runs beneath you. The one thing left for me to bless you is: May all the plantings from your seed be like you!
  –Talmud, Taanit 5b
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