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Gimmel Tammuz: The Sun Stands Still
Then and Now: Sustenance From a Higher Level
There is a principle established by the Rebbe that we can gain understanding of an event that occurred on a given day by examining events that occurred previously on the same day.
Based on this principle, the sicha of Gimmel Tammuz 5745 delves deeply into the first noteworthy event of 3 Tammuz: the day Yehoshua bin Nun commanded the sun to stand still. By examining that miracle, the Rebbe brings us to a deeper understanding of the miraculous release of the Previous Rebbe from prison on the same day in 5627 (1927).
Gimmel Tammuz—as we know it today—compels a chosid to contemplate the nature of his hiskashrus to the Rebbe, how he continues to maintain a strong connection even when the external aspect is not revealed.
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This week’s Torah portion, Korach, tells of a rebellion against Moshe, and his brother Aharon. Korach was the one who instigated this terrible rebellion. Surprisingly, he managed to recruit two hundred and fifty leaders of the nation to his side! Rashi tells us that Moshe Rabbeinu told Korach “We have only one G-d, one ark, one Torah, one altar, and one Kohen Gadol. However, you two hundred and fifty men are all seeking the position of High Priest! I too would like that!” From Rashi’s words it seems that Moshe was agreeing with them; he was including himself with them. He allowed for the possibility of multiple High Priests. Even if he was just making a point verbally, how could he say such a thing?
We can understand this by explaining the answer to a different question. Hashem had promised Moshe…
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Recently, the NIH BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group met to discuss future funding opportunities and the sixth annual BRAIN Initiative® Investigators meeting convened BRAIN-funded researchers, stakeholders, and the public to share and discuss the latest discoveries.
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As explained in Chassidus, Sefiras Ha’Omer precedes Matan Torah because we must refine the 49 aspects of our Nefesh Behamis (animal soul) before we can receive the Torah. But the Torah itself was given to us to refine our animal soul (as Moshe argued to the Malochim who wanted Torah kept in the Heavens that Mitzvos like “Do Not Steal” only apply to one who has to combat an evil inclination). This raises the question: is refining the animal soul for the sake of receiving the Torah, or is receiving the Torah for the sake of refining the animal soul?!
To answer this, the Rebbe points out the language pertaining to Sefiras ha’Omer: to count seven complete weeks (שבע שבתות תמימות). The Midrash asks when are the weeks “complete” תמימות? “When Yisroel are doing the will of the Omnipresent.” This “doing the will of…” is accomplished through the love of…
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This discourse starts with the words of Tehillim “Open my eyes and I shall gaze at [hidden] wonders from Your Torah” (“גל עיני ואביטה נפלאות מתורתך”). This should immediately grab our attention, since the Rebbe called this year “I will show wonders” (“אראנו נפלאות”) and over the year would proceed to explain that all we need to do is “open our eyes”. In this discourse the Rebbe explains to us what this means.
The verse mentioned above has a connection with Lag B’Omer (when the maamor was originally said, and when, 14 years later, it was published in 5751). Because the word גל (“Gal” — Open [my eyes]”) contains the same letters as “Lag” B’Omer ל”ג בעומר.
Lag B’Omer is not only the day that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai appeared (to fleshly eyes) to pass away, but it was the day of “the main revelation” of the inner dimension of…
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Russian hospital to stop using certain ventilators until fire investigation completed – TASS
May 12, 2020
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MOSCOW — A hospital in St. Petersburg will stop using the Aventa-M model of lung ventilators until the investigation into a fire that killed five coronavirus patients there is complete, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday.
Russian authorities said they would look into the safety of artificial lung ventilators used to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus after a second hospital fire in less than a week. (Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alison Williams)
According to the calendar, this coming Shabbos we should read the Torah portionShemini(Nissan 17 – April 11). Nevertheless, since we will then be celebrating Chol Hamoed Pesach, the regular Torah reading is suspended. In its place we read from the Torah about Pesach. We will resume the regular order of reading the Torah the following week, Nissan 24 – April 18.We will then read Parshas Shemini.
Regarding Pesach, the Torah tells us that we must tell our children of the miracles which Hashem performed for us while freeing us from Egypt. It says that“… when your son asks you tomorrow (using the Hebrew word ‘מָחָר– Mochor’), saying ‘What is this?’ you will say to him, ‘With a mighty hand did the Lord take us out of…
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This week we read the Torah portion of Tzav. In it, we find that “he shall then take off his garments and put on other garments, and he shall take out the ashes to a clean place outside the camp.” This is stated regarding the removal of the pile of ashes that accumulated on the altar. These ashes were the remnants of the sacrifices which were offered daily on the altar.
Rashi cites the words “he shall then take off his garments,” and explainsas follows. “This is not an obligation, but rather it is the proper manner to conduct oneself.When taking out the ashes, he should not soil the garments in which he regularly officiates. A servant should not wear the same clothing while cooking food for his master as he does when he mixes a…
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