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Hayom Yom 12 Tammuz
Birthday of the Rebbe, R. Yosef Yitzchak, in 5640 (1880).
On this day, in 5687 (1927), he received the good tidings that he was freed from the exile imposed upon him after his arrest and imprisonment for his efforts in strengthening Torah and Judaism.
From a letter of the Rebbe (R. Yosef Yitzchak): During the forthcoming two Days of Liberation 12 and 13 Tamuz, Chassidim are to farbreng, for material and spiritual good and blessing, as instituted by our first father, the Alter Rebbe (may the memory of this holy tzadik be a blessing for life in the Hereafter; his soul rests in the hidden exalted heights; may his merit protect us). During this farbrengen chassidim are to talk to one another in a spirit of brotherhood about strengthening fixed times for Torah study. I send them my blessing that G-d favor them in body and spirit.
When it is Chof Zayin Adar (27th Adar) and is a day of importance signifcance in Chabad and us all. Also being that these are the days of creation with the 6th day being this Shabbos! A good Shabbos to us all , a day of renewal for the new year of Kings!
20 years ago,on Gimmel Shvat, a month and a half before Chof-Zayin Adar, the Rebbe shared this story and these thoughts with his chassidim after Minchah. As we read this, we should each learn a personal lesson about what we can do for the Rebbe.
The Previous Rebbe’s doctor was puzzled. The terrible hardships which the Rebbe had lived through during his imprisonment in Communist Russia had left his body partially paralyzed. It was very hard for him to talk and people had to struggle to understand him. “It seems,” his doctor said, “that more than most others, the Rebbe should not have had to suffer this difficulty. He is a leader and a teacher. He should have been granted the power to speak clearly so he could fulfill his mission with greater ease.”
Moshe Rabbeinu, the first Jewish leader, also spoke with difficulty. When HaShem instructed him to speak to Pharaoh he protested: “But how can I? I have a speech defect.” HaShem reassured Moshe that his brother Aharon would serve as his spokesman. The Previous Rebbe did not have someone else to be his spokesman. Despite his handicap, he spoke, taught, guided and led the people with determination and courage.
Some of us may think that the Previous Rebbe should have felt sorry for himself. Someone else might have resented this extra burden. But not the Previous Rebbe! He was a shining example of one who serves HaShem with happiness and who spreads happiness to others.
When we study Torah, we use our power of speech. We should study Torah – and especially the Previous Rebbe’s teachings – in a way which would make up for the difficulty of speech that he experienced. We should read the words of Torah loudly and clearly and explain their meaning so others will readily understand.
Most important, we should do this with joy and happiness, in the spirit of the Previous Rebbe. (Adapted from the Sicha of the Third of Shvat, 5752)
One of the many customs at the Seder is to fill a cup of wine, after the meal, which we call ‘Kos shel Eliyahu” – “The Cup of Elijah.” We open the door to let Elijah into our home and recite a special prayer asking G-d to protect us from all our enemies.
What is the reason that Elijah the prophet plays such a prominent role at the Seder?
At the Seder we celebrate our first redemption – the Exodus from Egypt. At the Seder we also pray for the ultimate redemption with the coming of Moshiach. The prophet Elijah is the one who will inform us of Moshiach’s arrival and the final redemption. This gesture of filling a cup of wine in his honor and opening the door for him represents our hope and desire for the ultimate redemption.
Also, the Torah calls the Seder night “Leil Shimurim” – “a night of safeguarding”. On this night, G-d watches over the people of Israel. Opening the door expresses that we are not afraid, for G-d is watching over us.
Another reason is that at every Bris (circumcision) there is a special chair placed for Elijah the prophet. Elijah is G-d’s witness that we perform the mitzvah of circumcision properly. The Passover sacrifice was prohibited to be eaten by any male who was not circumcised. Thus, we find a connection between the mitzvah of circumcision and Passover. As a result, just like at a circumcision, we also invite Elijah to our Seder.
In this week’s Torah portion, Vayikra, the Torah instructs, “Every offering you shall season with salt.”
Why, do we dip the challah or bread in salt after reciting the Hamotzi blessing?
Our rabbis teach us that the Jewish home should be a sanctuary for the service of G-d. The food we eat should be viewed as a sacrifice to G-d, because the energy and strength we derive from the food should be used for serving G-d.
As a result, just like a sacrifice in the Holy Temple, had to be seasoned with salt, so too, we dip the bread, upon which we make the blessing, in salt.
Why, at the Seder, when we recite the blessing over the matzah and perform the mitzvah of eating matzah, we do not dip the matzah in salt as we would do other times at the beginning of the meal?
When we perform the mitzvah of eating matzah it is important to have the genuine taste of matzah in our mouth. If we would add salt, we would not be performing the mitzvah properly, because the taste would not be one hundred percent matzah, as there would also be the taste of salt, in addition to the taste of matzah.
Moshiach NOW!!! by the way my name is Eliyahu!