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Hayom Yom: Elul 4

Hayom Yom: Elul 4

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Shabbat Elul 4 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Shoftim, Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 23-28. Also 10-12.
Tanya: XI. To make you (p. 445) ...Supreme Good. (p. 449).

The order of birchot haTorah:1 With the tallit touch the beginning and ending of the reading, kiss the tallit where it touched the Torah, roll up the Torah, turn your face slightly to the right, say the b'racha, open the Torah and read.

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In describing the unique qualities of humankind, four terms are used: Adam refers to the quality of mind and intellect; ish to the quality of heart and emotion; enosh, weakness in either intellect or emotion or both; gever, who overcomes inner weakness and removes obstacles and hindrances to the attainment of an intellectual or emotional quality. I.e. gever works upon enosh to elevate him to the plane of ish or adam.

Since it is possible to turn enosh into ish or adam, it is obvious that enosh already possesses2 the qualities found in ish and adam.

Footnotes
1.
The b'rachot pronounced by the person called to the Torah.
2.
In latent or undeveloped state.
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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