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Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Monday Tevet 6 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayigash, Sheini with Rashi.
Tehillim: 35-38.
Tanya: So, too, are all (p. 23)...before it was created (p. 23).

"Know the G‑d of your fathers and serve Him with a whole heart."1 Every sort of Torah knowledge and comprehension, even the most profound, must be expressed in avoda.2 I.e. the intellectual attainment must bring about an actual refinement and improvement of character traits, and must be translated into a deep-rooted inward attachment (to G‑d) - all of which is what the Chassidic lexicon calls"avoda".

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.

Divrei Hayamim I, 28:9.

2.

"Serve Him" in the quotation uses the Hebrew word avoda.

יום שני ו טבת (תש"ג)
שיעורים: חומש: ויגש, שני עם פירש"י.
תהלים: לה-לח.
תניא: וכן בכל... שנברא.

כתיב דע את אלקי אביך ועבדהו בלב שלם, כי כל ענין ידיעה והשגה אפילו בענינים היותר עמוקים, צריך לבוא בעבודה, היינו פעולת דבר בבירור וזיכוך המדות והתקשרות פנימית הנקרא בלשון החסידות עבודה.