Wednesday, November 23, 2005

"TODAY'S DAY": Thursday, November 24, 2005


Cheshvan 22, 5766 * November 24, 2005

"T O D A Y ' S D A Y"

Shabbat, Cheshvan 22 5704

Torah lessons: Chumash: Chayei Sara, Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 106-107.
Tanya: Now, it is (p. 583) stated above. (p. 585).

One of the teachings of the Maggid of Mezritch, heard by the Alter Rebbe when he was in Mezritch for the first time, from late summer 5524 (1764) until after Pesach 5525 (1765):

"I (Anochi) have made the earth, and upon it created man." (1)

Anochi, He who is the true "I", (2) unknown to and concealed
from even the loftiest emanations, clothed His blessed Essence
through numerous condensations to give rise to the emanations
and creatures, (3) to Serafim, Chayot, Ofanim, (4) angels and
"worlds" beyond number.

Through countless condensations, "I made this (physical) world
and upon it created (Barati) man."

Man is the end-purpose of Creation, and Barati is the end-purpose
of man.

(Barati, "I created," has the numerical equivalent of 613, the
number of scriptural commandments). (4)

As (the book of) Pardes quotes Sefer Habahir:

`Said the attribute of Chessed (kindness) before the
Holy One Blessed-be-He, Master of the Universe, since
the days Avram has been on earth, I have not had to
perform my task, because Avram stands and serves in my

Because Avraham - a soul clothed in a body, occupying himself with
hospitality to strangers as a means of disseminating the idea of
G-d in this lowly world - is actually on a higher plane and level
than the attribute of kindness of Atzilut.

The complaint ("Said the attribute of Chessed before the Holy
One etc.") is an expression of envy of Avraham's service by the
attribute of kindness of Atzilut."

Footnotes: 1.Yeshayahu 45:12.
2.Lit.: "I, Whoever I Am."
3.The phrase defies accurate translation;
in Hebrew the verb-form corresponding to "emanations,"
Le'Haatzil, is used to describe the coming-into-being
of the Ne'etzalim ("emanations"), and the verb
Livra for the Nivra'im ("creations").

Awkward, but perhaps slightly more accurate, would be
" separate off (or ("emanate") the emanations and
to create the creatures."
4. Three forms of angels.
5. I.e. the end-purpose of Man is (that he perform) Mitzvot.


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Compiled and arranged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 5703 (1943) from the talks and letters of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe. Note: day of week and Torah lessons indicated are from 5703 (1943).

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