Monday 17 Adar I 5703
Torah lessons: Chumash: Ki Tissa, Sheini with Rashi.
Tehillim: 83-87.
Tanya: In truth, however (p. 135)...the heart by nature (p. 135).

Many years before the Alter Rebbe's imprisonment in Petersburg in 5559 (1798), he once came out of his private quarters to where the Chassidim were gathered and said: "In gan eden1 they sense the preciousness of this lowly world. Not only the Ministering Angels, but even the earliest Emanations2 would forego everything for one amein y'hei sh'mei raba said by a Jew 'with all his power,' meaning with full concentration, i.e., being totally immersed and involved with these words."

This was all he said. The effect was that he kindled such a flame and such a burning enthusiasm in all who heard, that for a full year their amein y'hei sh'mei raba was fiery.