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Menachem Av 5, 5772 · July 24, 2012
Today’s Tanya Lesson
Iggeret HaKodesh, end of Epistle 1

ועתה הפעם הנני יוסיף שנית ידי בתוספת ביאור ובקשה כפולה, שטוחה ופרושה לפני כל אנשי שלומים הקרובים והרחוקים, לקיים עליהם

And now once more I put forth my hand a second time with an additional explanation and a twofold request, extended and proposed to all men of the chassidic brotherhood, those who are near and those who are far, to undertake the following:

שכל ימי החול לא ירדו לפני התיבה הבעלי עסקים, שאין להם פנאי כל כך

On all weekdays, businessmen — who do not have so much time — should not step down before the Ark [to lead the congregation in prayer].

רק אותם שיש להם פנאי, או המלמדים או הסמוכים על שולחן אביהם

Only those who have the time [should lead the prayers], such as teachers or those who are supported by their parents,

שיכולים להאריך בתפלת השחר ערך שעה ומחצה לפחות, כל ימות החול

who at the morning service are able to pray at length for at least about an hour and a half1 on all weekdays.2

מהם יהיה היורד לפני התיבה, על פי הגורל או על פי ריצוי הרוב

One of them should step down before the Ark, chosen by lot or by consent of the majority [of the congregants].

והוא יאסוף אליו בסביב לו כל הסמוכים על שולחן אביהם או המלמדים, שיוכלו להאריך כמוהו

He should gather around him all those who are supported by their parents, or teachers, who are able to pray at length like himself, and will thus not be distracted by the haste of others.

בבל ישונה, נא ונא

[This arrangement is] not to be changed, I beg and beseech you!

* * *

אך בשבתות וימים טובים, שגם כל בעלי עסקים יש להם פנאי ושעת הכושר להאריך בתפלתם בכוונת לבם ונפשם לה׳

On the Sabbaths and festivals, however, when all the businessmen, too, have the time and opportunity to pray at length, devoutly concentrating their heart and soul to G‑d, —

ואדרבה, עליהם מוטל ביתר שאת ויתר עז, כמו שכתוב בשולחן ערוך, אורח חיים

moreover, their duty to do so is much greater, as is stated in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim,3

וכמו שכתוב בתורת משה: ששת ימים תעבוד גו׳, ויום השביעי שבת לה׳ אלקיך

and as is written in the Torah of Moses:4 “Six days shall you work and the seventh day is a Sabbath unto the L‑rd your G‑d,”

דייקא: כולו לה׳

stating clearly that the Sabbath is to be devoted wholly unto G‑d, —

Unlike the festivals which are “partially unto G‑d and partially unto you,” the Sabbath ought to be wholly dedicated to spiritual matters. Since the reason for this is that it was preceded by six mundane days of labor, it follows that those who were engaged in this labor during the weekdays — businessmen and the like — should surely utilize the Sabbath “wholly unto G‑d.”

ולזאת גם הם ירדו לפני התיבה בשבת ויום טוב

on Sabbaths and festivals, therefore, they too can step down before the Ark,

על פי הגורל או בריצוי הרוב, כמו שכתבתי אשתקד

according to lot or by assent of the majority, as I wrote last year.

* * *

וכגון דא צריך לאודועי שבדעתי, אם ירצה השם, לשלוח לכל המנינים מרגלים בסתר

Moreover, it should be made known that, G‑d willing, it is my intention to send spies secretly to all congregations,5

לידע ולהודיע כל מי שאפשר לו וכל מי שיש לו פנאי להאריך ולעיין בתפלה, ומתעצל

to find out and to notify about anyone who has the ability and the time to worship at length and to meditate while at prayer, but is slothful.

יהיה נידון בריחוק מקום, להיות נדחה בשתי ידים בבואו לפה לשמוע דברי אלקים חיים

He shall be punished by estrangement, being distanced by both hands when he comes here to hear chassidic teachings.6

ומכלל לאו אתה שומע הן

And from the negative you may infer the positive7 — that those who are more generous in the time they devote to their prayers will be assured of a warm welcome.

ולשומעים יונעם, ותבא עליהם ברכת טוב

Pleasant be the lot of those who hearken; may the blessing of goodness light upon them,

ואין טוב אלא תורה וכו׳

— and8 “there is no ‘good’ but Torah.”

——— ● ———

FOOTNOTES
1. “Cf. Zohar I, 62b and its commentaries; the letter published in the anthology entitled Me’ah She’arim 2b, and the sources indicated in the footnote there. See also op. cit., 9b.” ( — Note of the Rebbe.)
2. “The statement (Berachot 32b) that even the early chassidim [of Talmudic times] would devote one hour to the prayer itself, refers to the Amidah [alone].” ( — Note of the Rebbe.)
3. Gloss to 290:2; see also Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Orach Chayim 290:5. Note of the Rebbe: “See also the maamar entitled Mi Yitencha, in Torah Or.”
4. Shmot 20:9.
5. In the original, minyanim; a minyan is a group of at least ten men constituting a congregation, and, by extension, signifies a place of communal prayer.
6. Lit., “the words of the living G‑d.”
7. A Talmudic term; cf. Nedarim 11a.
8. Avot 6:3.
By Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of Chabad Chassidism (Free Translation)    More articles…  |   RSS Listing of Newest Articles by this Author

Elucidated by Rabbi Yosef Wineberg. Translated from Yiddish by Rabbi Levy Wineberg and Rabbi Sholom B. Wineberg. Edited by Uri Kaploun.
Published and Copyright by Kehot Publication Society, all rights reserved.
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3 thoughts on “Chabad is the best at presenting this and living it, Rav Moshe Wolfson too :)

  1. Today is: Tuesday, Av 5, 5772 · July 24, 2012
    • Passing of “Ari” (1572)
    Rabbi Isaac Luria Ashkenazi, known as Ari HaKadosh (“The Holy Lion”) passed away on the 5th of Av of the year 5332 from creation (1572 CE). Born in Jerusalem in 1534, he spent many years in secluded study near Cairo, Egypt. In 1570 he settled in Sefad, where he lived for two years until his passing at age 38. During that brief period, the Ari revolutionized the study of Kabbalah, and came to be universally regarded as one of the most important figures in Jewish mysticism. It was he who proclaimed, “In these times, we are allowed and duty-bound to reveal this wisdom,” opening the door to the integration of the teachings of Kabbalah–until then the province of a select few in each generation–into “mainstream” Judaism.

    • [13:02:07] Eitan Kagan: There are a lot of serious lubavitchers who mamesh try and daven beavodah…
      [13:02:49] eli goldsmith: b’H
      [13:02:52] Eitan Kagan: Just become a lubavitcher already!
      [13:02:59] Eitan Kagan: 🙂

  2. All the respect in the world to the chassidus of Chabad , just wrote this to encourage stronger tefillos like the baal Hatanya wrote so clearly and is not always easy to live up to, however, it seems that the Rebbe wanted good deeds more than this so feel welcome to explain below in the comments as understand that this generation needs all out kiruv = out reach and kindness 🙂

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