Shabbat 29 Adar I, Parshat Shekalim 5703
Haftora: Vayichrot Y'hoyada...Add the first and last verses of the haftora for Machar Chodesh. Bless Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheini; say the entire Tehillim in the early morning. Day of farbrengen.
Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayakheil, Shvi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 140-144.
Tanya: Ch. 33. This, also (p. 147)...of this faith. (p. 153).

In responding to l'chayim there are two versions:

(a.) L'chayim tovim ul'shalom, "for good life, and for peace." The reason for this blessing is that the first time drinking wine is mentioned in the Torah, there were undesirable results. "Noach began etc."1 also, the Tree of Knowledge was a grapevine.2 Therefore we extend the blessing that this wine be for a good life.

(b.) The Maggid of Mezritch used to respond l'chayim velivracha. Once at a farbrengen, the Alter Rebbe responded l'chayim velivracha. After the farbrengen Chassidim discussed this expression, which they heard then for the first time. One chassid proposed: Since "When wine enters, the secret comes out,"3 which in avoda signifies that the emotions are revealed, we need a b'racha for this; the expression is l'chayim velivracha, and "livracha" may be read, leiv racha, a sensitive heart.

The Tzemach Tzedek commented: Such an interpretation could be proposed only by a chassid who has davened and labored in avoda for thirty years.