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Hayom Yom: Elul 19

Hayom Yom: Elul 19

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Sunday Elul 19 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Nitzavim-Vayeilech, first parsha with Rashi.
Tehillim: 90-96. Also 55-57.
Tanya: XVI. My beloved (p. 477) ...folio 80. (p. 479).

When the Alter Rebbe was still in Vitebsk he once expounded on the verse "You stand...1" Taking eitz (wood) as an idiom of eitza (counsel), he interpreted "choppers of wood" to mean that one must chop out "the many thoughts (counsels) in the heart of man."2 "Those who draw water," he interpreted - one must drain out the water that "makes all enjoyments grow."3

FOOTNOTES
1. Devarim 19:9, 10. The verses read (in part): "You stand today, all of you, before the Eternal your G-d...; ...from the choppers of your wood to those who draw your water."
2. Mishlei 19:21.
3. See Tanya Ch. 1. "The appetite for pleasures (derives) from the element of water, for water makes grow all kinds of enjoyment."
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.
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