Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"TODAY'S DAY": Thursday, December 8, 2005


Kislev 7, 5766 * December 8, 2005

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

Shabbat, Kislev 7 5704

Haftora: Ve'amee - Talmei sadai. Then Vayivrach Yaakov - Ub'isha shamar. Uvenavi He'ela - Uvenavi Nishmar.

Torah lessons: Chumash: Vayeitsei, Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 39-43.
Tanya: Besides all this, (p. 609)...of their laws.
(p. 611).

There are three schools of thought:

1. The discipline of nullification of the material by indicating
the repulsive and abhorrent nature of all that is bodily and
material. This is the school of Mussar.

2. The school of recognition of the superiority of the "inner
form" (1) and the spiritual - the dimension of character-traits and
intellectuality (2) - and instruction as to how one may come closer
to attaining these. This is the school of Chakira, philosophy.

3. The discipline of predominance of form over matter. This school
teaches the unique quality of the material when it is purified, and
the unique quality of "form" when integrated with the material; the
two are to be so thoroughly fused that one cannot detect where
either of them begins or ends - for "Their beginning is wedged into
their end, and their end into their beginning." (3)

The One G-d created them both, and for one purpose - to reveal the
light of Holiness of His hidden power. Only both of them together
will complete the perfection desired by the Creator. This is the
school of (the teachings/instruction of "Chassidus." (4)

Footnotes: (1) Heb. Tzura, "form," as opposed to Chomer, "matter";
e.g. the body's life-force - the soul - is it's "form,"
it's inner spiritual dimension; the body itself is the
outer physical dimension, the "matter."
(2) As opposed to the dimension of bodily matters.
(3) See 16 Adar I Footnote.
(4) See also "On The Teachings of Chassidus" (Kehot, NY)
ch. 11-18 where these three schools of thought are
discussed at length.


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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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