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Wednesday, 13 Adar 5775 / March 4, 2015
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Thursday 13 Adar I 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Tetzaveh, Chamishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 69-71.
Tanya: Especially so, (p. 127)...ever before me. (p. 127).

Tachanun is not said at Mincha.

My father said: I am certain that when a chassid is in the beit hamidrash1 teaching or reciting a maamar of Chassidus to others, my forebears are filled with joy; and their joy is adequate to provide that Chassid, and his children and children's children, with an abundance of blessing, materially and spiritually.

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. Synagogue, lit. "study-hall."
Shabbat Adar Sheini 13, Parshat Zachor 5703
Haftora: Ko amar hashem. Say Av harachamim (p. 191). Do not say Tzidkat'cha (p. 209).
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayikra, Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 69-71.
Tanya: So, too, money (p. 167)...or Prayer. (p. 169).

"Amalek came forth and fought with Israel at Refidim."1 "Refidim" implies "weakness of hands," Israel's neglect of Torah.

When Jews become weak in Torah - and Torah study is directed to fulfillment - then Amalek comes and cools the Jew's ardor. "Amalek fought with Israel." The word "Israel" is an acronym in Hebrew for "there are 600,000 letters in the Torah"; (Every Jew has a letter in the Torah, and this is the reason for the universal Jewish custom of each person writing a letter in a Torah scroll.2) Amalek cools this sanctity of Torah.

The antidote for this is (Moshe's command to Yehoshua) "Choose men for us"3 - Moshe's men, and "In every generation there is an extension of Moshe,"4 for in every generation there are the "heads of the thousands of Israel."

"And go forth and fight Amalek." Note the verbs in singular form (addressing each individual), for Torah is eternal, equally relevant in every generation in every time and place.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. Sh'mot 17:8.
2. Parenthetical observation in the original Hebrew text.
3. Ibid 17:9.
4. Tikunei Zohar 114a.
5. Torah is eternally relevant, and in every age the ("extension of") Moshe of that era commands each of us individually ("...verbs in singular...") to "go forth and fight Amalek."
Daily Quote
Freedom of choice has been granted to every man: if he desires to turn toward a good path and be righteous, the ability to do so is in his hands; and if he desires to turn toward an evil path and be wicked, the ability to do so is in his hands...
This is a fundamental principle and a pillar of the Torah and its commandments. For if G-d were to decree that a person be righteous or wicked; of if there were to exist something in the very essence of a person's nature which would compel him toward a specific path, a specific conviction, a specific character trait or a specific deed... how could G-d command us through the prophets 'do this' and 'do not do that'...? What place would the entire Torah have? And by what measure of justice would G-d punish the wicked and reward the righteous?
  –Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance 5:1-3
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