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Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Jewish History

Tishrei 6 is the yahrtzeit of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1879-1964), mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Link: A biography of Rebbetzin Chana

R. Aryeh Leib was a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and of R. DovBer of Mezeritch, known for his passionate service of G‑d. According to many sources, R. Aryeh Leib of Shpoli is identical with the righteous R. Leib Sarah’s.

Link: The Story of the Baby Who Was a Grandfather

Laws and Customs

The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of Repentance"; this is the period, say the sages, of which the prophet speaks when he proclaims (Isaiah 55:6) "Seek G-d when He is to be found; call on Him when He is near." Psalm 130, Avinu Malkeinu and other special inserts and additions are included in our daily prayers during these days.

The Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of reciting three additional chapters of Psalms each day, from the 1st of Elul until Yom Kippur (on Yom Kippur the remaining 36 chapters are recited, thereby completing the entire book of Psalms). Click below for today's three Psalms.

Chapter 103 Chapter 104 Chapter 105

Links: About the Ten Days of teshuvah; Voicemail; more on teshuvah

Daily Thought

Torah uses the same language to describe fasting on Yom Kippur as it does to describe living off manna in the wilderness. (Deut. 8:3)

In fact, the Talmud uses this as evidence that fasting on Yom Kippur means depriving yourself of physical food.

But there is more to this comparison.

Both provide a blissful, spiritual pleasure.

Both nourish the body and the soul more than any earthly food.

There is, however, one difference.

In the wilderness, the manna descended from heaven to reach us.

On Yom Kippur, we ascend beyond the heavens to experience it at its origin.

What is that origin?

The delight the Maker of heaven and earth has in each of His children.

Maamar Vayancha 5675. 5723.