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Daily Study: Hayom Yom

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Wednesday Tamuz 18 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Pinchas, Revi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 88-89.
Tanya: Ch. 4. However, (p. 355) ...days and years! (p. 355).

The Alter Rebbe said of R. Moshe Vilenker:1 "Moshe has mochin d'gadlut, magnitude of intellect2 and in his ten years of toil3, he has attained through his labors a powerful, capacious, wide-ranging intellectuality - (mochin rechavim)."4

For three years R. Moshe Vilenker prepared himself for yechidus with the Alter Rebbe. Afterwards he remained in Lyozna for seven years to translate the yechidus into actual 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.


A giant among the early chassidim.


A mind capable of integrating even opposing concepts.


"Toil" and "labor," refer to enormous efforts in inner spiritual self-improvement.


The term mochin rechavim, lit. "broad intellect," defies translation. It does not refer to Reb Moshe's broad spectrum of knowledge or to "broadmindedness"; rather, it describes the nature (intense, powerful), absorptive ability (capacious), and breadth (wide-ranging) of his intellectuality - his faculty of intelligence.

יום רביעי יח תמוז (תש"ג)
שיעורים: חומש: פנחס,רביעי עם פירש"י.
תניא: פרק ד. ואולם... בנעימים.

דער אלטער רבי האט געזאגט אויף ר' משה ווילענקער: משה האט מוחין דגדלות, און אין די צען יאר וואס ער האט געהארעוועט, האט ער אויסגעהארעוועט מוחין רחבים.

דריי יאר האט ר' משה ווילענקער זיך מכין געווען צו יחידות באם אלטען רבי'ן, און נאכדעם איז ער געבליבען זיבען יאר אין ליאזנא אויף בריינגען די יחידות אין עבודה בפועל.