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Marriage is not a power struggle, and the home is not a battlefield. To give in does not mean to relinquish power, and talking things over does not mean you are entering negotiations.

The two of you comprise a single entity—a couple. What is good for one is good for the other. When you come to a decision, it is the decision of both of you as one being. Do it not as a sacrifice but as a gift, not as a defeat but as a triumph of love.

Hitkashrut no. 70

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Some more daily wisdom of the Torah. “In the meantime, Joseph had been sold as a slave to the Egyptian Potiphar, chief of the Pharaoh’s butchers. Recognizing Joseph’s intelligence, integrity, piety, and regal bearing, Potiphar appointed him over his household affairs.

Joseph was beautiful in form and complexion. Genesis 39:6

Joseph’s physical beauty was a reflection of his inner, spiritual beauty – his uncompromising dedication to the ideals of the Torah. By virtue of his own spiritual perfection, Joseph was able to fulfill his Divine mission: bringing others closer to G‑d.

Like Joseph, we are all called upon to bring others closer to G‑d. In order to succeed as Joseph did, we must try to be, like him, spiritually “beautiful in form and complexion.”

This does not mean we should wait until we achieve spiritual perfection before reaching out to others; perfection is relative, and compared to those who know less than we, we are “beautiful” enough to inspire them. Nevertheless, we must also remember that if we neglect our own spiritual growth, others will take note, and as a result be less inclined to take our words to heart.1Likutei Sichot, vol. 1, p. 79.

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Matter and energy are two opposites. To energize a piece of matter requires a constant flow.

Existence and nothingness are two opposites. To keep the world in existence demands a constant renewal.

Heaven and earth are two opposites. To infuse the earthly with spirituality requires a constant effort.

Woman and man are two opposites. And so courtship never ends.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 5, page 174.

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True peace is not a forced truce, not a homogenization of differences, not a common ground that abandons our home territories.

True peace is the oneness that sprouts from diversity, the beauty that emerges from a panorama of colors, strokes and textures, from the harmony of many instruments each playing a unique part, not one overlapping the other’s domain by even the breadth of a hair.

Those who attempt to blur those borders, whatever be their motives—they are unwittingly destroying the world.

Beginning with the crucial border between man and woman. For this is the beginning of all diversity, the place where G‑d’s oneness shines most intensely from within His precious world.

Likkutei Sichot, vol. 18, Korach 3.

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What looks a victory for evil in reality G-d is in control of everything. G-d created evil so that we can have free choice. I chose G-d. I chose life. I chose Yeshua. Yeshua the Jewish Messiah comes from the house of Judah. This began with Judah. Then David and finally Yeshua the Jewish Messiah.

The world created by G-d is perfectly balanced between good and evil.

Judah convinced his brothers to sell Joseph as a slave. They then sent Joseph’s robe, smeared with goat blood, to Jacob. Jacob mourned for Joseph inconsolably. The brothers then shunned Judah for not insisting that they return Joseph to Jacob. Judah left Hebron, married, and had three sons. He married off his eldest to Tamar, who was anxious to bear Judah’s descendants. When Judah’s eldest died, he married his second son to her; when the second son also died, Judah was afraid to marry his third son to her. Tamar disguised herself as a prostitute in order to trick Judah into having children by her.

[Judah] named [Tamar’s firstborn] Peretz. Genesis 38:29

The Messiah is descended from Judah through his and Tamar’s son Peretz. In order to understand why it was necessary for the Messiah to enter the world in such a seemingly scandalous way, we need to recall that G‑d only created evil in order for there to be free choice. In order for free choice to exist, the forces of evil and the forces of good have to be perfectly balanced.

When the messianic line was about to enter the world, the forces of evil “argued” that the balance was about to be tipped against them. Therefore, the union that would bear the ancestor of the Messiah had to occur in a way that the forces of evil would consider beneficial to them. Just as in military strategy, an army sometimes pretends to retreat in order to draw the enemy into a vulnerable position, the forces of holiness here yielded a seeming victory to the forces of evil in the form of this seemingly sinful act, in order to gain the upper hand.1 Derech Mitzvotecha 32a–32b; Or HaTorah, Bereishit, vol. 6, 1096b–1097a.

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The importance of having a teacher a mentor is a must in my spiritual growth. My teacher Pastor Steve Gray manages the word of G-d for me.  This is so Pastor Steve can guide me and give inspiration to make sure I am on the right G-dly path.

The Rebbe puts it this way. Joseph’s two dreams seem to convey the same idea. The reason for the apparent repetition is that they symbolize two distinct stages in the relationship between each generation and its leaders.

Sheaves of grain are made up of individual stalks, which grow discretely from one another, each in its own groove. Binding them into sheaves symbolizes our first task in life: gathering together all of our capacities and talents and uniting them in the work of holiness. Once we have become a “sheaf,” we need to seek guidance and inspiration from a “Joseph,” a spiritual leader.

As we mature spiritually, we reach a higher level: having risen above earthly consciousness, we regain our soul’s original heavenly consciousness and shine like a “star.” Yet even on this level, we should not rely on our own achievements for inspiration, for this can lead to stagnation and complacency. Rather, we must still continue to turn to our “Joseph” – i.e., our spiritual mentor – for further insight and inspiration.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 3, pp. 805–810. See also Hitva’aduyot 5744, vol. 2, p. 715; Likutei Sichot, vol. 15, p. 345, sub-note

Having arrived safely at Hebron, Jacob assumed the mantle of leadership. Joseph shared his two dreams with the family, one in which his brother’s sheaves bowed down to his, and a second in which the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to him. Joseph’s brothers took this brazen display of conceit as evidence that Joseph was in fact the self-centered Esau’s spiritual heir more than Jacob’s. Jacob, however, approved of Joseph’s dreams, since he himself already envisioned Joseph as his successor.

                [Joseph] said to [his brothers], “Please listen to this dream I had.” Genesis 37:6

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Chaos is the self-centeredness that resides in me. When this reigns in my life this causes chaos and all hell breaks loose. This allows evil to run free. So, my job is to die to self and set in motion the world of Rectification so G-d’s mercy, love and kindness can reign.

This means I must murder my own self-centered will so I can bring about the Kingdom of Heaven. Inch by inch my self is murdered and thus I become closer and closer to G-d and doing HIS will. Or that old saying inch by inch it is a cinch. This means I must work at murdering self on a daily basis.

Jacob finally rejoined his father Isaac in Hebron. The Torah then records the death of Isaac, and then lists the descendants of Esau. After Esau’s death, his descendants could not establish a stable monarchy, but had to invite foreign kings to keep order among the clans that descended from him.

 These are the kings who reigned in Edom. Genesis 36:31

The account of these kings alludes to the creation and subsequent collapse of the spiritual world of “Chaos” (Tohu), which preceded the spiritual world of “Rectification” (Tikun). Our physical universe is derived from the world of “Rectification” but also contains residual elements from the world of “Chaos.”

The world of “Chaos” was known by this name because the energies within it were too self-centered to cooperate with each other, just as an immature child cannot reconcile his conflicting emotions. And just as a child’s childishness must be shattered by the crisis of adolescence in order for him to pass into mature adulthood, the world of “Chaos” had to shatter in order for the world of “Rectification” to be created on its ruins.

Self-centeredness is thus embedded within our world as the remnants of this shattered world. These sparks of the world of “Chaos” are necessary, for in order for there to be free choice, there must be an element of “evil,” i.e., egocentricity, available as an alternative to selflessness and goodness.

The task of Jacob and his descendants throughout history is to elevate Esau’s spiritual descendants – the fallen sparks of the world of “Chaos” – through sanctifying the material world.1 Likutei Torah (Arizal); Ma’amarei Admur HaZaken 5568, vol. 1, pp. 1 ff, et al.

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