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Hayom-Yom for 5, Nissan
|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.
Shabbat Nissan 5 5703 Torah Lessons
Chumash: Tazria, Shevi'i with Rashi.
Tanya: Ch. 40. However (p. 197)...discussed at length. (p. 201).
In Birkat Hamazon, in Retzei (p. 91), say Baal Hayeshuot ("B" in the first word) U'vaal Hanechamot ("V" in the second word).
My grandfather commented on the saying, "The place of man does not honor him; rather man honors his place." 
The term, Kavod, "honor," has two implications.
One is Kaveid, "liver," as the Torah says,  "Pharaoh's heart is kaveid ("heavy"), and the Sages comment, "His heart became like a liver," (cold, insensitive).
The other meaning is Kavod, "honor," signifying the revelation of a supernal encompassing illumination.
"The place of man does not honor him": Place (and circumstances) do not make him cold and insensitive.  Rather, "Man honors his place," man has the capacity and the power to illuminate  his environment ("place") with the light of Torah and Avoda.
When the soul descends into the body, it is administered an oath to be a Tzadik, 
This oath, Sh'vua, implies Sova, "satiety"; the person is generously endowed with eminent powers to be able to fulfill G-d's intention in having the soul descend (into the material world). And just as it is with the soul's descent, so is it also with every person, in whatever place he may be. 
- (Back to text) Taanit 21b.
- (Back to text) Sh'mot 7:14.
- (Back to text) As in the first meaning of Kavod.
- (Back to text) As in the second meaning of Kavod.
- (Back to text) See Tanya, beginning.
- (Back to text) Just as the soul in general is endowed with powers to accomplish its purpose "below," so is every individual given the power and ability to illuminate his environment - the place (see above) in which he finds himself.
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