Friday Cheshvan 14 5704
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayeira, Shishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 72-76.
Tanya: Now, while the (p. 567) ...found - believe it." (p. 569).

"From G‑d are man's steps established."1 Every one of Israel has a spiritual mission in life - which is to occupy himself with the work of construction, to make a "dwelling-place" for G‑d. Every one, regardless of his station or location, must, through an exhaustive search, seek out a spiritual livelihood with all the intensity of his strength, just as he seeks a material livelihood.

This is so because, (as the above verse concludes) "he desires His (G‑d's) way."2 As it is written of Avraham: "For I know and love him because etc. and they will keep the way of Havayeh."3 There are two "ways": The way of nature and the way that transcends nature. G‑d created the universe in such a way that, in man's eyes, it appears to follow a set pattern of nature; this is the "way" of Elokim.4 Torah and Mitzvot are the "way" of Havayeh, drawing that which transcends nature into nature. By virtue of this (conduct of Israel) G‑d endows Israel from that which is beyond nature into the natural.