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Hayom Yom

Hayom-Yom for 23, Nissan

22 Nisan, 5774 - April 22, 201424 Nisan, 5774 - April 24, 2014

Hayom Yom was written by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 5703 (1942-43).
In this box we have listed the Torah Lessons for this year.
The Torah Lessons below in the text are as they were in the original edition.
Wednesday, 23 Nisan, 5774 - April 23, 2014
8th day of the Omer
Torah Lessons
(5774)
Chumash: Kedoshim, 4th portion (Lev. 19:33-19:37) with Rashi.
Tehillim: 108-112
Tanya: English text / Audio / MP3
Rambam:
     3 chapters: Hebrew / Audio / MP3,
     1 chapter: Hebrew / Audio / MP3,
     Sefer Hamitzvos: English / Audio / MP3

Wednesday Nissan 23, Issru chag 5703, 8th day of the Omer **
Torah Lessons
(5703)
Chumash: Acharei Mot, Revi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 108-112.
Tanya: Now, therefore (p. 223)...the Esoteric Discipline). (p. 225).

The presence of Mashiach is revealed on Acharon Shel Pesach, and this revelation has relevance to all Israel:

Pesach is Medaleg, [1] "skipping over" (rather than orderly progress), and Leil Shimurim, [2] the "protected night."

In general the mood of Pesach is one of liberty.

Then Pesach ends, and we find ourselves tumbling headlong into the outside world. This is where Mashiach's revealed presence comes into play - imbuing us with a powerful resoluteness that enables us to maintain ourselves in the world.

   

Notes:

  1. (Back to text) Shir HaShirim 2:8. Midrash Raba on that verse describes the Exodus as Medaleg, "skipping over" calculations and rationales for redemption, bringing Israel out of exile regardless of their merit, regardless of the length of the exile. Later in that section the Midrash applies the verse to Mashiach.

  2. (Back to text) Sh'mot 12:42, as Rashi notes, the night destined for redemption.


Week two

Gevurah

If love (chesed) is the bedrock of human expression, discipline (gevurah) is the channels through which we express love. It gives our life and love direction and focus. Take a laser beam: Its potency lies in the focus and concentration of light in one direction rather than fragmented light beams dispersed in all different directions.

Gevurah - discipline and measure - concentrates and directs our efforts, our love in the proper directions. Another aspect of gevurah is - respect and awe. Healthy love requires respect for the one you love.

Day one of week 2 (8th day of Omer)

Chesed of Gevurah

The underlying intention and motive in discipline is love. Why do we measure our behavior, why do we establish standards and expect people to live up to them - only because of love. Even judgement of the guilty is only to express love. In other words punishment is not vengeance; it is just another way to express love by cleansing anything antithetical to love. Tolerance of people should never be confused with tolerance of their behavior. On the contrary: love for people includes wanting them to be the best they can and therefore helping them be aware of anything less than perfect behavior.

Chesed of gevurah is the love in discipline; awareness of the intrinsic love that feeds discipline and judgement. It is the recognition that your personal discipline and the discipline you expect of others is only an expression of love. And that comes across when disciplining. It is the understanding that we have no right to judge others; we have a right only to love them and that includes wanting them to be their best.

Ask yourself: when I judge and criticize another is it in any way tinged with any of my own contempt and irritation? Is there any hidden satisfaction in his failure? Or is it only out of love for the other?

Exercise for the day: Before you criticize someone today think twice if it is out of care and love.

From:
A Spiritual Guide to the counting of the Omer
Forty-Nine Steps to Personal Refinement
The Forty-Nine Days of Sefirah
by Simon Jacobson
$7.95 Soft Cover

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