Posted by: gruvenreuven | July 2, 2010

Birthday HaYom Yom

In 1942, the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Y. Schneersohn, tasked his son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (Later to be the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe), in compiling an anthology of Chasidic sayings and customs arranged in a daily calendar like format. The work was later entitled “HaYom Yom” (From Day to Day)

Today, the 20th of Tammuz is my birthday, and the following is the HaYom Yom for today. Being someone who loves to study Torah, this HaYom Yom has always spoken to me. (And fitting for my Birthday HaYom Yom) Reviewing our studies is probably more important then studying new material. Taking our studies and connecting to Hashem via his wisdom… Now that’s true service of Hashem.

HaYom Yom – 20 Tammuz (From

There are three forms of hitbon’nut (contemplation, meditation):
(a.) Study-meditation: After mastering the concept thoroughly, one meditates on its profundity, until the intellectual element shines forth for him.

(b.) Meditation before davening (Prayer): This is directed toward sensing the vitality of the concept learned, in contrast to sensing the intellectual element emphasized in study-meditation.

(c.) Meditation in davening: To sense the “G-dly element” in the concept learned.

These three are rungs on the ladder of sensitivity. It is only by G-d’s kindness towards us that we may occasionally sense G-dhood spontaneously, without any avoda (Service to G-d) at all. This comes about by virtue of the quality of Ultimate Essential G-dhood within the soul. For avoda by one’s own efforts, however, these three forms of meditation are essential.

The complete HaYom Yom work can be found here online!


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