Tuesday Menachem Av 23 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Re'ei, Shlishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 108-112.
Tanya: VII. "Happy are we (p. 425) ...cause and effect... (p. 427).

In the winter of 5652 (1891-2), when my father taught me in Tanya, "The second soul in Israel is actually part of G‑d above,"1 he explained that the connotations of the words "above" and "actually" are contradictory. "Above" indicates the most spiritual of spiritual levels, while "actually"2 describes the most material of material things. He explained that this is the unique quality of the "second soul," that though it is the epitome of the spiritual it has an effect upon the most material of materiality.