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Kehot Publication Society and Merkos Publications, the publishing divisions of the Lubavitch movement, were established in 1942 by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. Under the leadership of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitch publishing houses have brought Torah education to nearly every Jewish community in the world, and are the world's largest publisher of Jew

Kehot Publication Society and Merkos Publications, the publishing divisions of the Lubavitch movement, were established in 1942 by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. Under the leadership of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitch publishing houses have brought Torah education to nearly every Jewish community in the world, and are the world's largest publisher of Jew

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Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for May 20, Parshas Behar in NYC is 7:53pm, Shabbos ends at 8:59pm.The Value of...
05/20/2022

Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for May 20, Parshas Behar in NYC is 7:53pm, Shabbos ends at 8:59pm.

The Value of Work

G-d taught Moses the laws of giving charity and the prohibition of charging interest on loans. G-d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people, “You must not take interest.” ~ Leviticus 25:36

There is a subtle yet crucial difference between an investor profiting from his investment and a lender profiting from a loan. When we invest in a financial venture, the invested money still belongs to us; thus, our money is “working” for us. We have therefore earned the profit that the venture returns.

In contrast, a loan transfers ownership of the principal to the borrower; the money now belongs to the borrower, even though he is obligated to repay it later. Thus, taking interest on a loan is profiting from someone else’s effort without having participated in that effort. The lender is collecting interest based only upon the fact that the money used to belong to him.

Taking interest on a loan is therefore opposed to the way G-d wants the world to operate. G-d intended that we refine ourselves by working for our achievements, both spiritual and material. In the words of the sages, “If someone says to you, ‘I have toiled without results,’ do not believe him.

If he says, ‘I have not toiled, but have nonetheless seen results,’ do not believe him either. Only if he says, ‘I have toiled and seen results,’ believe him.”

—from Daily Wisdom > https://store.kehotonline.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ERE-DAIL.PS

Shabbos Flowers by Shani Levin

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05/17/2022

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Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for May 12, Parshas Emor in NYC is 7:46pm, Shabbos ends at 8:52pm.The Gentle Wa...
05/13/2022

Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for May 12, Parshas Emor in NYC is 7:46pm, Shabbos ends at 8:52pm.

The Gentle Way to Educate
G‑d spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron.”
Leviticus 21:16-17

The Torah mainly uses two Hebrew words for “speaking.” The first (dibur) is reserved for “hard speech,” the straightforward, accurate delivery of the message. The second (amirah) is “soft speech,” i.e., tailoring the message to its intended recipient in order to ensure that it is indeed received and clearly understood.

The first part of this section of the Torah, which contains the laws regarding the priests’ duty to educate their children in the responsibilities of the priesthood, is couched exclusively in “soft speech.” It is only when G‑d returns to the other laws concerning the priests that He once again uses “hard speech.”

This teaches us that we must educate primarily with “soft speech.” In order to be effective, educators must relate fully to their students and tailor their style of delivery accordingly.

G‑d’s imperative regarding how the priests educate their youth applies to us all.

Whenever we see in someone a behavior or attitude that is in need of inspiration or correction, we are immediately cast by Divine providence in the role of educator.

In all such cases, we must remember G‑d’s instruction to make exclusive use of “soft speech.”

—from Daily Wisdom available here > https://store.kehotonline.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ERE-DAIL.PS

Art by Ofra Friedland

Whether you're looking for a Pirkei Avos deep dive or want a quick dose of inspiration, we got the book for you. Explore...
05/12/2022

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Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for May 6, Parshas Kedoshim in NYC is 7:39pm, Shabbos ends at 8:44pm.You must n...
05/06/2022

Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for May 6, Parshas Kedoshim in NYC is 7:39pm, Shabbos ends at 8:44pm.

You must not steal. (Leviticus 19:11)

The Ba’al Shem Tov teaches that everything we see can teach us some lesson in how to better fulfill our Divine mission and spiritual potential, we can also elevate a forbidden character trait or action by learning from it. Thus, Rabbi Zusha of Anipoli listed seven traits of a thief that we should emulate:

1. He works silently, modestly, and without fanfare.

2. He is prepared to face danger in order to carry out his mission.

3. He pays full attention even to the smallest detail.

4. He works hard.

5. He works quickly, not wasting any time.

6. He is confident and optimistic.

7. If he does not succeed the first time, he tries again and again.

If we apply these traits to positive endeavors, we have not merely avoided stealing but elevated its redeeming characteristics, as well.

—From the Kehot Chumash available here > https://store.kehotonline.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ESE-TORA.SB

Art by Yaeli Vogel

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05/05/2022
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A collection of selected commentaries anthologized from the works of the classic commentators and the Chasidic Masters. This beautifully bound leatherette edition is the complete, expanded version of the 5764 condensed publication.

Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for April 29, Parshas Acharei in NYC is 7:32pm, Shabbos ends at 8:36pm.The Power of ...
04/29/2022

Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for April 29, Parshas Acharei in NYC is 7:32pm, Shabbos ends at 8:36pm.

The Power of Sacrifice
The Israelites should bring their feast offerings to G-d (Leviticus 17:5)

Offering up animal sacrifices to G-d seems to go against the Torah’s respect for animal life. Even with regard to non-animal sacrifices, why
would G-d ask us to take valuable property and burn it up for no apparent benefit? Furthermore, of all G-d’s commandments, why does the Torah refer only to sacrifices as being “pleasing” to G-d? Surely it pleases G-d when we perform any of His commandments!

The answer is that sacrifices please G-d in the purest way precisely because the only possible reason for offering them up is in order to fulfill His will. Unlike other commandments, there is no possible “ulterior motive” for sacrifices. Since they fly blatantly in the face of logic, no self-interest can be involved. Clearly, this is a much greater state of self-nullification than that required to fulfill any of the Torah’s other commandments.

Today, our daily prayers are a reflection of the sacrifices offered up in the Tabernacle. Just as with the sacrifices, it may seem illogical to “waste” our valuable time on praying when we could be actually “doing” something—even holy deeds, such as studying the Torah or performing some “practical” commandment. Yet it is precisely by dedicating our valuable time and concentration to nothing other than getting closer to G-d that we connect to Him in the most profound, intimate way.

—from Daily Wisdom > https://store.kehotonline.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ERE-DAIL.PS

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Good Shabbos and Chag Kosher V'Sameach, World! Candle lighting time for April 15, Parshas Acharei-Pesach in NYC is 7:17p...
04/15/2022

Good Shabbos and Chag Kosher V'Sameach, World! Candle lighting time for April 15, Parshas Acharei-Pesach in NYC is 7:17pm, Saturday after 8:19pm, Pesach ends at 8:20pm.

SITTING VS. RECLINING

Chasidic teachings differentiate between two levels of loyalty and devotion to G-d: an Imposed devotion and an innate devotion. The first kind is experienced by those who are filled with an awareness of "self", a feeling of being independent from and outside of G-d. Yet, through study and contemplation, they come to the recognition that it is logical and good to devote themselves to their creator, who is infinite.

They therefore overcome the "self" and devote themselves to G-d. But the independent "self" remains intact; it is merely suppressed.

A higher level of devotion, usually associated with the saintly, is an existential and innate devotion, one in which there is no "self" that needs to be overcome. Such a person is not susceptible at all to sin.

When we sit down, our heads are brought to a lower position. This symbolizes a partial bowing to the Divine, since the head is not completely lowered. But when we recline, our heads are nearly if not completely lowered. This symbolizes an absolute and innate "bowing" to the Divine.

On the night of Pesach we all recline: Because of the intensity of the Divine revelation that occurred on this night, and which reverberates each year, kulanu mesubin, we all recline--we are all imbued with an innate devotion to the Divine.

This fleeting revelation that overwhelms us on Pesach gives us a jolt, a jump-start for the work of refining the "self" during the forty-nine days between Pesach and Shavuot.

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Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for April 8, Parshas Metzorah in NYC is 7:10pm, Shabbos ends at 8:11pm.TIME TO ...
04/08/2022

Good Shabbos World! Candle lighting time for April 8, Parshas Metzorah in NYC is 7:10pm, Shabbos ends at 8:11pm.

TIME TO PREPARE—
DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS?

This Shabbos, known as Shabbos Hagadol, is the Shabbos before of Pesach, on which it is customary to recite part of the Pesach Haggadah.

Our Sages teach that when the Jews left Egypt, the young children were the first to acknowledge G-d's miracles. To commemorate this, each year it is the Jewish children who introduce the Seder night with their Four Questions, the Ma Nishtana.

Often, children will study these four questions by heart, and recite them at the Seder table. Now, “by heart” doesn’t just mean “from memory,” but that the children ask these four questions “with the heart”—that is, “from deep inside the heart.” Year after year, when children ask the same questions, over and over again, it shouldn’t just be a matter of rote.

For if that were to be the case, the children would already know the answers from the previous year and wouldn’t understand why we are celebrating Pesach all over again this year. Rather, each Pesach should be seen as a new opportunity to discover better answers and reach a deeper understanding of the meaning of Pesach.

And just as children must come prepared with questions, and with a sincere desire to know the answers, parents are expected to tell their children the answers. This is evident in the name of the text that accompanies the Seder tradition—the Haggadah, which comes from the Hebrew vehigadeta levincha, which means “and you shall tell your child.”

Therefore, the days of Nissan leading up to the festival should be seen as an opportunity to double our efforts in preparation for Peasch, not just in cleaning and preparing the home but also in gaining more insight on the festival in preparation to "telling your child."

—from Pearls for the Shabbos Table > https://store.kehotonline.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ERE-PEAR

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In today's Hayom Yom (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: At a Farbrengen during the days of Sefira (at some time in the years 5651-5653, 1891-1893) someone said to my father, "The Alter Rebbe's chassidim were always keeping count." My father took a great liking to the saying, and he commented: "That idea characterizes man's Avoda. The hours must be 'counted hours,' then the days will be 'counted days.' When a day passes one should know what he has accomplished and what remains yet to be done... In general, one should always see to it that tomorrow should be much better than today."
In today's Geulah (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: We all possess an element of "non-good." Why, the scapegoat (representing evil, banished) to Azazeil was actually a service in the Beit Hamikdash! A (physical) created being inevitably has a negative element, but we must banish that evil to a "desolate land."
In today's Hayom Yom (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: "[Whoever expands on the narrative of the exodus from Egypt,] this person (lit- 'Harei Zeh') is to be praised (Haggada)." The Hebrew word Zeh ("this") indicates a state of holiness, as in the phrase, "Here, this ('Zeh') is our G-d." Whoever expands on the narrative of the exodus, his "Zeh," his element of holiness, is enriched.
Some inspiration from today's Tanya (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app
From today's Tanya (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: In the Messianic era, G-dliness will be revealed to all the nations of the world - and in this state lies the fulfillment of the purpose for which this world was created.
From today's Tanya (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app
In today's Hayom Yom (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: My father said: Truth is the middle path. An inclination to the right, to be overly stringent with one-self and find faults or sins not in accord with the truth, or an inclination to the left, to be overly indulgent, covering one's faults or being lenient in demands of Avoda out of self-love - both these ways are false.
In today's Hayom Yom (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: From my father's Sichot: It is a magnificent gift of G-d to merit an innate sense - a "feel" - for doing kindness to another, to derive deep pleasure from it. This can develop to the point that one cherishes the other more than oneself. He may find many explanations as to why he deserves his own tribulations, G-d forbid, but for him to do so with regard to another's suffering is absolutely impossible.
In today's Hayom Yom (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: The Alter Rebbe once said: Rashi's commentary on Chumash is the "wine of Torah." It opens the heart and uncovers one's core essence of love and fear (of G-d). Rashi's commentary on Talmud opens the mind and uncovers the core-essence intellect.
In today's Hayom Yom (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: There are two sorts of statutes: a) Statutes the create life; and b) Statutes created by life. Human laws are created by life, so they vary from land to land according to circumstances. The Almighty's Torah is a G-dly law that creates life. G-d's Torah is the Torah of truth, the same in all places, at all times. Torah is eternal.
In today's Daily Tanya (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the #Chayenu app: For created beings, the revelation of the creative power contained in G-d's word represents the greatest possible change - the passage from nonexistence to existence, since they come into being only when the Divine word begins to actually create worlds, at which time it clothes itself in these worlds to give them life. In other words, creation is a Divine manifestation. Take a look around you and find the Divinity within all things.
In today's Hayom Yom (courtesy of Kehot Publication Society) on the Chayenu app: In these days especially, when by G-d's kindness we stand at the threshold of redemption, we must make every conceivable effort to strengthen every facet of our religion. Mitzvot must be observed B'hidur, with "beauty," beyond minimal requirements. Customs must be kept scrupulously, nothing compromised. It is a Mitzva and duty of every Rabbi to inform his congregation that the current tribulations and agonies are the "birth-pangs of Mashiach." G-d is demanding that we return to Torah and Mitzvot, that we not hinder the imminent coming of our righteous Mashiach.