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Monday, December 10, 2018 2 Tevet 5779





LIVING WITH
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The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion
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Studying on the Way
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When Yosef sent his brothers to bring their father Yakov to Egypt, he warned them, “Don’t argue on the way.” The Talmud (Taanis 10:2) explains that he advised them to avoid complex discussions of halachah, the Jewish Law, which could become heated and lead to arguments. However, the Midrash says the opposite. He advised them to talk about Torah continuously throughout their journey, so that their Torah study would protect them.
 
There are two approaches towards the obligation of Torah study during travel.
 
The Talmud says there is no difference between the obligation to study Torah while traveling or any other time. Studying Torah is a continuous obligation. Therefore, there was no reason for Yosef to tell his brothers to study Torah -- he only advised them not to discuss anything that could become controversial. According to Midrash, however, there is a special obligation to study Torah while traveling, as protection from the hazards of the road. Therefore Yosef told them specifically to study Torah.
 
 
 
 
 
The brothers traversed the path from Israel to Egypt and back several times. However, this time they needed extra protection. It was the final step to bring the entire family of our forefather Yakov -- the Jewish people -- down to Egypt, the first stage in their enslavement and the subsequent Redemption. It was especially important to study Torah at that time, to gather strength to contend with the difficulties ahead.
 
 
 
 
 
One of the signs of Moshiach given by Maimonides is that he will be a “master of Torah.” The power to redeem the Jewish people from exile comes from Torah.
 
(The Rebbe, Likutei Sichot vol. 35)

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