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Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Wednesday Adar Sheini 3 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: P'kudei, Revi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 18-22.
Tanya: All the above (p. 155) the other. (p. 155).

The Tzemach Tzedek told a chassid who had mastered the entire Talmud and related works and had a profound grasp of Chassidus: Kabalat ol1 transforms one's being. When a simple servant serves out of kabalat ol you can see that he bears the yoke of service even when he sleeps. When a pre-eminent savant and brilliant scholar acquires this sort of kabalat ol, even he can attain the height and value of the simple, sincere person who has mesirat nefesh - total devotion, self-sacrifice.

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.


Lit. "accepting the yoke (of Heaven)." Chassidus compares the avoda of the scholarly who are intellectually motivated, aware of the depth and nuances of Torah and mitzvot, with the unquestioning obedience of the simple man, motivated by pure faith, ("pure" meaning unalloyed by rationales and ulterior motives). Obviously each has a unique quality. Chassidus demands that the learned man acquire the virtue of unlettered, simple faith superimposed on scholarship bringing him to a fulfillment otherwise denied him. Intellect itself has its limitations, the differing quality of the individual's knowledge, for example. Service based on reason cannot surpass reason, so the avoda is always restricted, limited. Furthermore, knowledge is never absolute, so despite commitment and piety there may be gnawing if unarticulated doubts. Kabalat ol transcends reason and penetrates to, or emanates from, the core or essence of the individual. His involvement is total. See 21 Adar I, and Tevet 5.

יום רביעי ג אדר שני (תש"ג)
שיעורים: חומש: פקודי, רביעי עם פירש"י.
תהלים: יח-כב.
תניא: והכל בכל - '86' מסטרא דא.

מענה הצ"צ [הצמח צדק] לחסיד בקי בש"ס כו' ומשכיל גדול בחסידות: קבלת עול איז משנה דעם מהות. דורך קבלת עול פון א עבד פשוט, וואס בשעת ער שלאפט איז אויך ניכר דער עול העבדות זיינער, קען אפילו א למדן און א גאון אויך קומען צו דער מעלה און חשיבות פון א פראסט - תמימות'דיקער מסירת-נפש איד.