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Hayom Yom

Hayom-Yom for 17, Shevat

16 Shevat, 5779 - January 22, 201918 Shevat, 5779 - January 24, 2019

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, 17 Shevat, 5779 - January 23, 2019
Torah Lessons
Chumash: Yisro, 4th portion (Exod. 19:1-19:6) with Rashi.
Tehillim: 83-87
Tanya: English text / Audio / MP3
     3 chapters: Hebrew / Audio / MP3,
     1 chapter: Hebrew / Audio / MP3,
     Sefer Hamitzvos: English / Audio / MP3

During the reading of the Song of the Red Sea, we stand.

Haftora: U'Devora Isha Nevee'a.
Shabbat Sh'vat 17 5703
Torah Lessons
Chumash: B'shalach, Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tehillim: 83-87.
Tanya: Ch. 22. Yet since (p. 89)...out of nothing. (p. 93).

There is a custom of eating black buckwheat on this Shabbat.

On Shabbat B'shalach 5621 (1861) the Tzemach Tzedek said the Maamar R'u Ki Hashem printed in Likutei Torah.

Shortly afterward he said to his son, my grandfather: On Shabbat B'shalach 5565 (1805) my grandfather said this maamar. Afterwards he sent for me and told me that in 5529 (1769) when he was in Mezritch the Maggid had summoned him to his room and had said:

"On Shabbat B'shalach 5516 (1756) the Baal Shem Tov said a Maamar on Vayashav Hayam...L'eitano, [1] "The Red Sea returned to its strength," quoting the Rabbinic play on the last word, L'eitano - litnao, meaning to its condition or agreement. [2]

"In 5521 (1761), a year after the Baal Shem Tov's passing, my Rebbe (the Baal Shem Tov) came to me, said the maamar, and added an explanation of the subject "doing His will" in contrast to "doing His word." And today my Rebbe again came to me to repeat the maamar.

"Then the Maggid repeated the maamar to the Alter Rebbe, adding an interpretation of "River Ginai, part for me," [3] which is similar to K'riat Yam Suf, the splitting of the Red Sea."

The Tzemach Tzedek concluded: "Today the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid and the Alter Rebbe came to me, each repeating the maamar in his own style."

Several hours later the Tzemach Tzedek called my grandfather again and told him an interpretation of the Maamar.



  1. (Back to text) Sh'mot 14:27.

  2. (Back to text) At creation G-d made an agreement, or condition, with the Red Sea that it would part for Israel.

  3. (Back to text) Chulin 7a, where R. Pinchas ben Yair asked the river to part and let him pass to perform a mitzva.

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