Friday, January 20, 2006

"TODAY'S DAY": Friday, January 20, 2006


Tevet 20, 5766 * January 20, 2006

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

Monday, Tevet 20 5703

Torah lessons: Chumash: Sh'mot, Sheini with Rashi.
Tehillim: 97-103.
Tanya: However, the essence (p. 47)...and its delights.

The Mitteler Rebbe answered someone at Yechidus: When two discuss
a subject in Avoda and they study together, there are two Divine
souls (1) against one natural soul.

Footnote: (1) See Tanya chapters 1 and 2 for an introduction to the
concept of two souls.

In our context the point is this:
Each Divine soul (Neshama) desires not only that the
person himself fulfill G-d's Will (to study Torah and be
active in Avoda) but also desires that another do so.

Selfless concern for another's spiritual welfare is,
after all, part of the basic "goodness" and character of
the Neshama.

By contrast, the hedonistic natural soul is basically
self-centered; it is not driven by a desire that
another should enjoy physical pleasures etc.

So, when two Jews study Torah together, the natural
soul within each of them attempts to hinder that person
alone. The G-dly soul, however, since it also desires
the other's welfare, joins forces with his Neshama, so
that "...there are two Divine souls against one natural


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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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