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Hayom Yom: Cheshvan 20

Hayom Yom: Cheshvan 20

Thursday Cheshvan 20 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Chayei Sara, Chamishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 97-103.
Tanya: Now, the Cabbalists (p. 579) ...neshamah of man. (p. 581).

Birth of R. Shalom Dovber in the year which the Tzemach Tzedek termed Kitra1 ("crown") - 5621 (1860). He was named for the Mitteler Rebbe2 and half the name of the Tzemach Tzedek's father.3

Every year my father delivered a maamar on his birthday, but he did so secretly except when it coincided with Shabbat. On his last birthday here on earth4 he said the maamar Natata lirei'echa neiss...5 When he concluded he said to me, "on one's birthday he should say Chassidus. May G‑d give you a gift that you may say Chassidus on your birthday, but it should be with kindness and mercy." It took seven years for this to happen.6

Kitra is numerically 5621.
R. Dovber.
R. Shalom Shachna.
The Festival of Liberation of the previous Rebbe (from Soviet imprisonment for his spreading of Torah and Judaism) occurred on his birthday, the 12th of Tamuz, in the year 5687 (1927) - during his seventh year as Rebbe. He succeeded to the leadership in 5680 (1920) upon his father's demise.
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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