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When it is given to us by G-d it does not have a lasting effect on us. When we earn it by working at it then the gifts and presence of G-d is everlasting.

This means I must work towards Holiness. I must work and sacrifice to live a G-dly life. I am learning on a daily basis to clean the garbage out of my life so I can become a dwelling place for G-d.

“After his third 40-day stay on Mount Sinai, Moses descended on the 10th of Tishrei, 2449, carrying the second set of Tablets, which replaced the first set that Moses broke when he saw the Jews worshipping the Golden Calf. Moses’ extended stay in G‑d’s presence had left a lasting impression on his body: his face radiated light.

Moses was not aware that the skin of his face had become radiant. Exodus 34:29

G‑d Himself chiseled the first set of tablets out of the rocks on Mount Sinai, whereas the second tablets were chiseled by Moses. Nevertheless, it was specifically after receiving the second set of tablets, rather than the first set, that Moses’ face shone.

This is because when something is given to us from G‑d without our having worked to earn it, it does not penetrate our very being. It is thus no accident that the first tablets were broken, whereas the second set never were. When we work for something, it can remain with us permanently; something that is received unearned can be more easily lost.

Because Moses chiseled the second tablets himself, their holiness could penetrate his physical body, and therefore his face shone. Similarly, the effort we expend in studying the Torah and fulfilling G‑d’s commandments refines even our physical bodies. If we exert ourselves to the point that the Torah penetrates us, our faces glow.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 36, p. 179.


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To become one with another person, you must first recognize that you are but a broken half. Only then can you give all of yourself and become whole.

To become one with the Infinite Light, you must know you are but a broken half, the Infinite Light is your other half, and only then can you give all of yourself and become whole.

Pekudei 5741:61-62; Torat Menachem 5749 vol. 2, pg. 180.


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As the entirety of the sun is reflected in every glistening droplet of water, so is the entirety of life reflected in your individual lifetime.

And in each of your years, you pass through the entirety of your life.

And in every day of your life you are born, live your life through, and pass on from this world.

All your life lies in the hands of today.

Torat Menachem 5748, page 573.


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The power of life and death is in the tongue James 3:5-6 “So also the lashon (tongue), an evar katon (small member) speaks of RAVREVAN (“boastful things”

DANIEL 7:8,20). Hinei, an eish ketanah (small fire) and yet how great a forest it can set ablaze!

[Ps 12:3,4; 73:8,9And the lashon is an Eish, the lashon is made an Olam HaAvel (World of Iniquity) among our evarim (members), defiling with a stain kol haGuf (whole body), and setting ablaze the course of life, and is itself set by eish in Gehinnom. [MISHLE 16:27]

This ties to today’s lesson. I must learn to control my speech, thoughts and actions. This is a must if I want to live a G-dly life and have the blessings of G-d.

“G‑d then renewed the covenant He forged with the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, which had been rendered null and void by the sin of the Golden Calf. Part of this covenant was G‑d’s promise to give the Jews the Land of Israel, which was then occupied by the seven Canaanite nations.

[G‑d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people,] “I am going to drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.” Exodus 34:11

Only six of the seven Canaanite nations are mentioned here; the Girgashites are missing from the list. This is because the first six Canaanite nations personified the six unrectified emotions of the animal soul, while the Girgashites personified the animal soul’s drive to express these unrectified emotions in thought, speech, and action. When we rectify the six emotions of our animal soul, we will not have to worry about combating any drive to express them.

But until this process is complete, we must control our faculties of thought, speech, and action in order to ensure that they serve only holy purposes and not those of the six unrectified emotions of our animal soul. The next verse therefore enjoins us to “beware, lest you make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land that you are entering, lest they become a snare in your midst.”1Likutei Sichot, vol. 21, pp. 229 ff.


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There is a suit we wear that has a life of its own.

It is knitted of the fabric of words, images and sounds, mischievous characters that no one else can see—or would care to know.

You, however, hear them day and night, chattering, buzzing, playing their games in the courtyard of your mind. They are all the threads of the garment of thought that envelops you.

Leave your thoughts to play on their own, and they will take you for a ride to places you never wanted to see.

Grab the reins, master them, direct them, flex your mind, and they will follow. Provide them a script, and they will play along.

Do something quick, because you, after all, are dressed up within them.

Maamar Shoftim 5729. Tanya, chapters 4, 6, 9, 12


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Judges and officers shall you appoint in all your cities . . . (Deuteronomy 16:18)

Think of yourself as a city. You have four magical gates: the Gate of Seeing, the Gate of Listening, the Gate of Imagining and the Gate of Speaking.

Magical gates, because an Infinite G‑d enters your finite city through these gates. An infinite G‑d who cannot be squeezed within any place or boxed within any definition, but chooses to dress neatly in a wisdom called Torah—and these are your gates by which wisdom may enter.

That is why all the world competes to storm those gates. They want you to see the ugliness they see, hear the cacophony they hear, imagine the nonsense they imagine and speak without end. And then, you will desire all they desire and no room will be left in your city for that Infinite G‑d.

You only need master those gates and the city is yours.

Maamar Shoftim 5729


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Before you were formed in the womb, your days were numbered and set in place. They are the chapters of the lessons you came here to learn, the faces of the wisdom this world has to teach you, the gateways to the treasures this lifetime alone can bestow.

A day enters, opens its doors, tells its story, and then returns above, never to visit again. Never—for no two days of your life will share the same wisdom.

Hayom Yom, 17 Cheshvan; Naso 5737:6.