Thursday Sh'vat 8 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Bo, Chamishi with Rashi.
Tehillim: 44-48.
Tanya: The explanation (p. 75)...Sefer Ha-Gilgulim. (p. 77).

In these days especially, when by G‑d's kindness we stand at the threshold of redemption, we must make every conceivable effort to strengthen every facet of our religion. Mitzvot must be observed b'hidur, with "beauty," beyond minimal requirements. Customs must be kept scrupulously, nothing compromised. It is a Mitzva and duty of every Rabbi in Israel to inform his congregation that the current tribulations and agonies are the "birth-pangs of Mashiach." G‑d is demanding that we return to Torah and mitzvot, that we not hinder the imminent coming of our righteous Mashiach.