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Parshas Va-aira Baal Shem Tov

  1. The name E-l, the Alef (first letter) stands for the Creator, and Lamed (the final letter) stands for that He has three “emotions “ (the emotion of kindness(love) – the emotion of strength (discipline) – and the emotion of compassion(discernment))
  2. God is His name and His name is God, unlike people that they and their name are two separate entities.
  3. The Verse Teaches us “Know God” – but how can anyone know anything of God? teaches the Baal Shem Tov, this means, to both know that the generality of everything and every specific detail (that occurs to you or anyone) it all comes from God!

6. The plague to Pharaoh who represents forgetting, came out as blood, but to the Jewish people came out as water (infinity, which is total recall.)

7. There is a great principle that from the plagues to the Egyptians came blessings to the Jews (so the same issue that caused blood to the Egyptians, to the Jews caused water.)   

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Baal Shem Tov Parshas Bo

  1. Even a sin as bad as the daughters of Loit… if a person’s intention is for God then it is a Mitzvah – however the question is how does one know.? – for this one must study much Torah and God will help the person discern.

  2. There is a tradition from the Baal Shem Tov to fast every Erev Rosh Chodesh until after the Moiled.  
  3. On Rosh Chodesh Nisan – the Baal Shem Tov told the Maagid now is a time of prayer for on Rosh Chodesh Nisan, all the people (kings, ministers etc.) are appointed (so to determine who will be good for the Jews.)
  • When a person sees there is negative (decree on him) before dawn one should study Torah with great concentration and desire to connect oneself to the infinite light (God) contained within the letters.

10. If a person sees evil in another, they should realize that God showed it to them so they should rectify – their own (and as the Rebbe says, because we have a self-love we only see our reflection – but not within ourselves.)