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Hayom Yom

Hayom-Yom for 7, Iyyar

6 Iyyar, 5778 - April 21, 20188 Iyyar, 5778 - April 23, 2018

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.
Sunday, 7 Iyyar, 5778 - April 22, 2018
22nd day of the Omer
Torah Lessons
(5778)
Chumash: Achrei Mos-Kedoshim, 1st portion (Lev. 16:1-16:24) with Rashi.
Tehillim: 39-43
Tanya: English text / Audio / MP3
Rambam:
     3 chapters: Hebrew / Audio / MP3,
     1 chapter: Hebrew / Audio / MP3,
     Sefer Hamitzvos: English / Audio / MP3

Wednesday Iyar 7, 5703 22nd day of the Omer **
Torah Lessons
(5703)
Chumash: Emor, Revi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 39-43.
Tanya: All these (p. 243)...the blessed En Sof. (p. 245).

When one enwraps himself with the Tallit Gadol (large Tallit) it is unnecessary to cover his head and face down to his mouth; this is indicated in the laws of Tzitzit in the Siddur (p. 11). It is our custom, however, to cover the eyes [1] with the upper part of the Tallit.

During the days of Sefira it is customary to study tractate Sota, one page each day [2] - in addition to one's regular study sessions.

   

Notes:

  1. (Back to text) I.e. to cover the head and face, down to past the eyes.

  2. (Back to text) The number of pages in Sota, 49, coincides with the 49 days of the Omer. One should begin this study on the First day of Chol Hamo'ed. Viz. Sicha, Shavuot 5710, section 15.


Week Four - Netzach

Endurance and ambition is a combination of determination and tenacity. It is a balance of patience, persistence and guts. Endurance is also being reliable and accountable, which establishes security and commitment. Without endurance, any good endeavor or intention has no chance of success.

Endurance means to be alive, to be driven by what counts. It is the readiness to fight for what you believe, to go all the way. Without such commitment any undertaking remains flat and empty. It is an energy which comes from within and stops at nothing to achieve its goals. This, of course, requires that endurance be closely examined to ensure that it is used in a healthy and productive manner.

Ask yourself: How committed am I to my values? How much would I fight for them? Am I easily swayed? What price am I ready to pay for my beliefs? Is there any truth for which I would be ready to give my life?

Effective endurance needs to encompass the following seven ingredients: love, discipline, compassion, endurance, humility, bonding and dignity. The problems people have with endurance and commitment are due to a lack of one or more of these seven components.

Day One of week 4

Chesed of Netzach

For anything to endure it needs to be loved. A neutral or indifferent attitude will reflect in a marginal commitment. If you have difficulty making commitments, examine how much you love and enjoy the object that requires your commitment. Do I love my work? My family? My choices?

For endurance to be effective it needs to be caring and loving. Endurance without love can be counterproductive. Raw endurance can come across as harsh and aggressive, which undermines the cooperation of others. Out of sheer determination one may often become controlling and demanding, driving others away. For endurance to be successful it needs a loving and caring attitude, it requires patience.

Does my endurance cause me to be, or seem to be, inflexible? Does my drive and determination cause me to be controlling? Am I too demanding? Do others (my employees, friends, children) cooperate with me out of the sheer force of my will and drive, or out of love? Is my endurance unloving? In order to get my way would I allow others to get hurt? Do I believe that the end justifies the means? Would I stop at nothing to achieve my goals? When my endurance prevails and I overcome the obstacles in my way, am I still loving? Even when defending myself and others against unhealthy influences, am I driven by love or hate (see week two, day one)?

Exercise for the day: When fighting for something you believe in, pause a moment to ensure that it is accomplished in a loving manner.

From:
A Spiritual Guide to the counting of the Omer
Forty-Nine Steps to Personal Refinement
The Forty-Nine Days of Sefirah
by Simon Jacobson
$7.95 Soft Cover

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