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Chalukas Hashas 5773   Giving has never been easier

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The Perfect Path Yud Tes Iyar, 5775

"Fortunate are those who follow a perfect path." The definition of a perfect path is a path free of flaw and imperfection, referring to a path that will be followed permanently and never change nor falter. Such a path can only be reached by someone who acts solely for the sake of Heaven and not for personal gain, which is only if - as the possuk continues - "he walks in [the way of] Hashem's Torah." When all a person's actions are for the sake of Hashem to fulfill what he commanded in the Torah, the path he will follow is stable and consistent.

This is not the case, however, with the paths devised by philosophers based on human intellect. These paths are unpredictable, because they will be abandoned as soon as those who follow them imagine that benefit can be gained from an alternative path. This is because the original path was not based on what is truly good and fortunate but rather on what can bring a person benefit and appears to make sense to him; as such, it is easy to stray from it, and it cannot be a perfect path.

Malbim on Tehilim, 119:1

Learn For and About the Rebbe's Brother on his Yahrtzeit
Zayin Iyar, 5775

Iyar 13 is the day of passing of R' Yisroel Aryeh Leib, third son of the Rabbi and Mekubal R' Levi Yitzchok and Rebbetzin Chana Schneersohn and brother of our Rebbe.

R' Yisroel Aryeh Leib was known by the Chassidim of his time for his unique genius, especially in explaining deep concepts in Chassidus thought.

We have seen a few times when the deep connection between the Rebbe and R' Yisroel Aryeh Leib came out into the open for all to see. Throughout the years, the Rebbe assisted in initiating and coordinating various projects in his memory. On Yud Gimmel Iyar, 5751 the Rebbe spoke an entire sicha expounding on the name of the Baal Hayahrtzeit.

The Yagdil Torah organization has compiled a publication with Mishnayos, selected stories, and rare correspondents of R' Yisroel Aryeh Leib in honor of Yud Gimmel Iyar.

Hei Iyar, 5775

Stress is Also a Good Thing

We just had a few stressful weeks go by. Preparing our homes for Pesach and making sure no chometz is in our midst was quite an ordeal. In truth we have stressful days during the year to. We come home and want to just unwind from our day's work. How can we now learn with a Chavrusa or go to the shiur down the block?!

We see in Koheles, a new perspective that can help us in this quandary: "(חכמה שלמדתי באף, עמדה לי (קהלת ב, ט" (My wisdom that I studied with anger stood for me*). The Yalkut Shimoni (קהלת רמז תתקסח) explains this to mean that "the wisdom which I learned in anger, this is what stood for me".

The Frierdiker Rebbe says it very simply (Likkutei Dibburim Volume 1 Page 126): When a person arrives at home in the evening being spent and toiled from his day at work; baked from the sun or frozen from the cold; and he keeps to his shiurim - then the holy Torah itself will arouse compassion on him and his family.

*The translation of "עמדה" may not be the most basic understanding of this posuk however the word "עמדה" does imply stood as can be deduced from Makos 10a on the explanation of the posuk עומדות היו רגלינו.

Hei Iyar, 5775

A certain businessman would enlist the help of his son by asking him to contact various people while he was away at work. Every morning, the father would provide the son with a list of people to call for business or family purposes, and the son would take care of the phone calls over the course of the day. When the father would return home in the evening, the son would give him an account of the conversations he had conducted and the results of his efforts.

However, the father would often return home at a late hour when the son was already in bed after hamapil. When the father would ask the son what he had accomplished over the course of the day, the son would gesticulate with his hands, attempting ineffectively to relay the information to his father. (Writing down the lengthy answers was not an option.) After a long day at work, the difficulty in understanding his son's body language just served to wear out his already taut nerves, and he would get angry at his son and shout at him.

Was the son allowed to speak after saying hamapil for the sake of kibbud av va'eim?

Ego? Hei Iyar, 5775

Although a person's neshamah is higher than his intellect, it is vested within his intellect. As a result, when a person's intellect connects and becomes united with the wisdom of the Torah, a higher union takes place as well: the essence of his neshamah becomes part of the essence of ohr ein sof. And this union is accomplished solely through the connection of one's intellect with the wisdom of the Torah.

Furthermore: this union is accomplished even though he does not feel it when he studies Torah and his primary focus is on grasping the wisdom, and even though a bit of yeshus may get mixed in if he succeeds in understanding it properly. Nevertheless, being that his primary kavanah is lishmah, and his desire lies specifically in studying Torah, the essence of his neshamah unites with ein sof. And even though he does not perceive this, his mazal perceives.

Likutei Torah, Vayikra 4:4

Zayin Nissan, 5775

A Dream Come True

Once, when I was away from Sklov, I stayed overnight in a rooming-house in Disna. There was another guest there at the same time, also a Chabad chassid, who was from Cheznick. We spent some time together talking about the extraordinary greatness of our holy Rebbe [Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Alter Rebbe]. Then, my new friend's face flamed with enthusiasm. He said to me excitedly, "Hold on, my man; you have to hear this amazing episode with the Rebbe that I am going to tell you. It is my own personal experience.

Zayin Nissan, 5775

The article presented here is for study purpose only; please present all actual questions to a Rov.

Hundreds of Pesach-related sha'alos have arisen over the course of the centuries. Typically, the individual with the sha'alah would approach the local Rabbi to determine what should be done, and if he did not know the answer, he would send a letter describing the sha'alah to one of the leading poskim of the time. Although an answer would arrive days, if not weeks, later, the custom was to hold on to the doubtful food until clarity was obtained. But it is difficult to understand how one can be allowed to hold on to doubtful chametz. Shouldn't one be obligated to immediately dispose of any food that may have the status of chametz?

This question was posed to R. Aryeh Leib Tzuntz, Rabbi in the city of Plotzk, who attempted to find a limud zechus for this custom.

Tell Me Before You Do Anything Zayin Nissan, 5775

Businessmen as well are required to set aside times to study Torah. Although their main avodah; is in the realm of deed, to subdue the kelipah and give tzedakah, nevertheless they must study Torah as well. The reason for this is because the flow of elokus from above must follow an order, namely, it must first come down in thought and speech and only then in deed; and the levels of thought and speech refer to the times businessmen set aside to study Torah.

Torah Ohr, Teruma 80, 3

A publication which will bring Beis Nissan to life
Chof Vov Adar, 5775

The Rebbe encourages us to learn the works of a Rebbe in Nigleh and Chassidus on his yom hilula, and to learn (at least one perek) Mishnayos beginning with the letters of his name. Yagdil Torah compiled a publication with Mishnayos and selected pieces of the Rebbe Rashab's Torah. The publication will be available in local shuls, at our office and on our website.

This year the publication marking Beis Nissan(the Yom Hilula of the Rebbe Rashab) has been updated with the full Mishnayos. Keep an eye out for more easily accessible learning material and sections in English. It also includes stories of the Rebbe Rashab.

Click here to download the Beis Nissan Publication.

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