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Sunday, March 24, 2019 17 Adar B 5779


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
Power of Eight
At the end of the portion of Tzav, last week, the Torah writes of the seven days of inauguration for the Tabernacle. This week’s portion opens with a description of the day following the inauguration: “The eighth day.” How was that day connected to the seven days of inauguration, that it is called “the eighth”?
Chassidic teachings explain that the number seven represents the natural order, corresponding to the seven days of the week. The world was created in six days and G-d rested on the seventh. The number eight, on the other hand, represents the infinite light of G-d, which cannot be contained within nature. This is the light that was revealed on the eighth day--following the seven days of inauguration. It is called the “eighth day” because this light could never have been revealed without the seven preparatory days that preceded it.
A parallel concept is the era of Moshiach, which follows and completely transcends the days of exile. However, it is impossible for us to experience the era of Moshiach without our hard work during exile that preceded it. As limited human beings, we cannot contain G-d’s infinite light. During exile, G-d gives us many opportunities to refine and elevate ourselves, to become fitting receptacles for this light. When Moshiach comes, we can truly say that we earned this revelation through our efforts.
(The Rebbe, Likutei Sichos vol. 3, p. 379)

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