Shabbat Kislev 7 5704
Haftora: Ve'amee - talmei sadai. Then Vayivrach Yaakov - ub'isha shamar. Uvenavi he'ela - uvenavi nishmar.
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayeitsei, Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 39-43.
Tanya: Besides all this, (p. 609)...of their laws. (p. 611).

There are three schools of thought:

1. The school of thought that negates [preoccupation with] materiality by pointing out the disgusting and abhorrent nature of all bodily and material things. This is the school of Mussar.

2. The school of recognition of the superiority of the "inner form"1 and the spiritual - the dimension of character-traits and intellectuality2 - and instruction as to how one may come closer to attaining these. This is the school of Chakira, philosophy.

3. The discipline of predominance of form over matter. This school teaches the unique quality of the material when it is purified, and the unique quality of "form" when integrated with the material; the two are to be so thoroughly fused that one cannot detect where either of them begins or ends - for "Their beginning is wedged into their end, and their end into their beginning."3 The One G‑d created them both, and for one purpose - to reveal the light of Holiness of His hidden power. Only both of them together will complete the perfection desired by the Creator. This is the school of (the teachings/instruction of) Chassidus.4