Sunday Elul 19 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Nitzavim-Vayeilech, first parsha with Rashi.
Tehillim: 90-96. Also 55-57.
Tanya: XVI. My beloved (p. 477) ...folio 80. (p. 479).

When the Alter Rebbe was still in Vitebsk he once expounded on the verse "You stand...1" Taking eitz (wood) as an idiom of eitza (counsel), he interpreted "choppers of wood" to mean that one must chop out "the many thoughts (counsels) in the heart of man."2 "Those who draw water," he interpreted - one must drain out the water that "makes all enjoyments grow."3