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Hayom-Yom for 28, Shevat
|Hayom Yom was written by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 5703 (1942-43).|
In this box we have listed the Torah Lessons for this year.
The Torah Lessons below in the text are as they were in the original edition.
Wednesday Sh'vat 28 5703 Torah Lessons
Chumash: Mishpatim, Revi'i with Rashi.
Tanya: And the like (p. 107)...explained above. (p. 109).
One of the Baal Shem Tov's teachings:
"When you see Chamor, a donkey"  - meaning when you carefully examine your Chomer ("materiality"), your body,
"you will see... "your enemy" - meaning, that your Chomer hates your Divine soul that longs for G-dliness and the spiritual,
and furthermore, you will see that it is "...lying under its burden" placed upon it - (the body) by G-d, namely, that it should become refined through Torah and mitzvot; but the body is lazy to fulfill them.
It may then occur to you that ..."you will refrain from helping it" - to enable it to fulfill its mission,
and instead you will follow the path of mortification  of the flesh to break down the body's crass materiality.
However, not in this approach will the light of Torah reside.
Rather... "you must aid it" - purify the body, refine it, but do not break it by mortification.
- (Back to text) Sh'mot 23:5.
- (Back to text) There was indeed a method of subordinating the body through afflicting it with ascetic practices, but the Baal Shem Tov rejected this path.
He saw the body not as an obstacle to the spirit, something intrinsically evil and ungodly, but as a potential vehicle for the spiritual, a means for the soul to attain heights otherwise inaccessible.
The "enemy" is to be transformed into an ally, an instrument.
In great measure the Mitzvot employ gross physical matter to fulfill G-d's will, e.g. leather for Tefillin thongs, wool for Tzitzit, etc.
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