HaYom Yom Sivan classes

Class One Short, full class next week IYH. Class Two The advantage of being born a Chossid and having certain things as an inheritance. How rich are we.

Shavuos 5689, 4 Ma'amarim and possible message.

Haircuts during Yemei Hagbalah. No Satan on Shavuos like on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Based on Tosfos in Shabbos.

Time of Shavuos is special to affect Torah with Yiras Shamayim and Teshuva, as it is like Yom Kippur in as much as the satan is concerned.

Only point. The class is unfortunately missing. Washing and getting oneself ready and holy for Mattan Torah.

Akdamus. The Ba'al Shem Tov's passing on the first day Shavuos, some stories.

Birchas Kohanim, some Minhagim. Dreams, why we pray for them in Birchas Kohanim?

The world is a garden that mixes divine purpose and the source of sin and man must choose a path. [Once a choice is made there's a commitment of sorts].

Saying Mishnayos by heart in the streets (of America) purifies the air. Mishnayos joins reason (Torah SheBa'al Peh) and Godliness (משנה אותיות נשמה) Explanation: the miracle of Jewish survival as appreciated strictly intellectually vs. when we add the spiritual dimension.

Alter Rebbe says to a Chossid: you have a good candle, but you lack light and fire which comes from hitting the stone of the Animal Soul. What is a candle, two opinions about Neshama being candle: 1) the vessel, 2) the light and fire. Mind and Soul: candle and fire, we all need fire.

Chassidus even has a way of service for (spiritually) resurrecting the dead. Possible explanations for spiritual Resurrection: Teshuva from very very far away. The mind which is cold and dead was made alive in Chassidus.

בקורת Learning how to take criticism [difference between criticism and critique] is an incredible tool for success.

The צמח צדק sang. His singing revealed his mood. Music and singing and Chassidus.

This very short class has a long introduction which is in preparation for 19 Kislev, about the end of the Hayom Yom. Tzitzis in the morning and making a Bracha (even not as soon as you put it on).

The four stages in the development of the Alter Rebbe's Torah: דרכים very short thoughts that speak very passionately. The "ChaBaD" is very hidden here. as though they were simply to teach how to serve God with little "mind". אגרות Longer thoughts that take on some ChaBaD (intellectual) form. [This idea is compared to the concept of a letter which is less permanent than a book, as explained in תורה אור לפורים). תורות Longer still, here there's a real concept of understanding, and these are the basis of the מאמרים included in the תורה אור ולקוטי תורה. These are Torah [that didn't need to be written down unless the listener would forget]. כתבים Longer still. Perhaps the use of the word כתבים here indicates the absolute need for them to be written.

Class One This class begins discussing the parallel between physical and spiritual illness. As long as you can't diagnose what is wrong, keep the overall body healthy. To cure, you must examine the specific ailment, even though we are dealing with spirituality- the Soul.

Class Two Three potential bases for the spiritual illness. 1) The body is coarse, [the solution: עאה דלא סליק בי' נהורא מבטשין לי' גופא דלא סליק בי' נהורא דנשמתא מבטשין לי] to break it 2) The faculties, along with special gifts (such as a great mind heart, eyes or ears) come special challenges, this is overcome by fine- tuning and criticizing one's faculties very diligently. 3) Habits that have been learned that are not good, this is overcome by going to the other extreme so that one can ultimately return to the center.

Class Three Until one has clarity about the diagnosis and is able to heal the specific spiritual illness in its specific way, he must 1) maintain an equilibrium, and 2) complement it with a strong desire to correct it 3) and a hope and trust that he will eventually.

Not enjoying material things is not yet Avodah, it must be coupled by making the material a vessel for Godliness.

Class One The obligation lies on each person to be דורש טובת זולתו so he not be lost to the coming of Moshiach. What is דורש טובת זולתו, the story of ר' בערע וואלף קאזעווניקאוו. Class Two It would be terrible for a Jew whose ancestors paid the price of getting to the end to be lost at the last moment. We mustn't lose them now. All of us must do what we can in this regard.

Class One A Rebbe learning privately with one of his children. The Tzemach Tzedek and the Rebbe MaharaSh- a special relationship.

Class Two Learning Kabbalah and explaining it according to Chassidus. The Rebbe RaShaB's quote: Chassidus isn't a commentary for Kabbalah, Kabbalah is a commentary for Chassidus. The Alter Rebbe: what is Etz Chayim- Hishtalshelus, we speak higher and even higher. What the study of Ruchniyus and Elokus (metaphysics) is all about, and how Chassidus uses Chakira and Kabbalah to reveal its deeper truths.

Class Three 1) Summary of the last class, Chassidus uses Kabbalah to reveal something higher than Kabbalah- using form to access the formless beyond Or: Just as Philosophy uses physical things to get at meta-physics, Chassidus uses the form of Kabbalah to get to what is beyond the form. 2) Philosophy. RaMbaM was a great Kabbalist. The idea of being a Kabbalist and not knowing it. When Ruach haKodesh and the mind meet how do you tell the difference; you ask someone who certainly does not have any Ruach HaKodesh.

Class Four Philosophy according to Chassidus: Three levels of adaptation: 1) The Person (RaMbaM etc.) is holy but philosophy is philosophy. 2) The Philosophy is also holy, but cannot be fused with Kabbalah. 3) Not only is the Philosophy holy, but it is part of one theologically latticework that synthesizes Kabbala with Chakira in Chassidus ChaBaD.

Class One Yechidus determined the Mind and Heart of each Chossid It was according to his Mehus HaAtzmi This statement seems circular, we resolve how it isn't. Yechidus for a lifetime. Class Two Continued, Yechidus. Hiskashrus based on the story of Beis Nissan and the Rebbe RaShaB's desire to be with his Chassidim at the moment of Histalkus. Yechidus is a symptom of this Hiskashrus.

The faculties of the Neshama and their limitations vs. the Essence of the Neshama.

Minhagim about Tzitzis and Krias shma.

Class One A Frum and Chassidic yetzer Hara. Introduction to this idea.

Class Two The story behind the comment, learning a Ma'amar 20 times, writing and asking. Not being able to distract himself from one for the other. Frum and Chassidic Yetzer HaRa. [The story is found in the Previous Rebbe's letters vol. 4 page 66 ff. See there for some slight variations from the way it is told here].

Being connected to the Rebbe. The מצוה ולדבקה בו as understood in Nigleh and Nistar. 1) Learning his Torah. 2) Joining other Chassidim for Chassidic Farbrengens. 3) Doing what the Rebbe says to do.

Worries. 1) Distract yourself. 2) Share with another, but not with a stranger.

Class One Korach בריאה יברא הוי'ה Class Two They went down "living". The downside of being alive: in Sheol you still believe you are alive (right). The upside of being alive: you can still do Teshuva. Korach's sons did right away in thought (and reemerged at the end of the forty years) According to the Gemara Korach is now saying משה אמת ותורתו אמת.

Class One Parnassa is from heaven we must "only" make the Keli. 1) It should be enough 2) and for good things.

Class Two Parnassa continued. 1) Some make no Keli in Parnassa at all, like יוסף הצדיק, נחום איש גמזו, ר' אלעזר בר' שמעון. 2) The rest of us make a Keli in Teva and we need balance in this: we are making the Keli, but the blessing is from Hashem.

Doing a Yid a favor and what it can bring the giver.

The life of a Chossid is based on his sensitizing himself to Hashgacha Protis. The stories of the Rebbe encouraging people to see Hashem in thier every day life.

1) Minhagim of שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום. opposites of גשמיות and רוחניות: health in one is sickness in the other. שמח בחלקו בגשמיות הכי טוב. שמח בחלקו ברוחניות לא טוב, a person must keep growing.


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