A Guide to the
Teacher's Guide Imagine a Tzivos Hashem rally by the Rebbe. All the children gather together in 770… the Rebbe enters the shul with a swing of his holy hand, encouraging the enthusiastic singing… the band plays “Napoleon’s March”... davening Mincha with the Rebbe… the Twelve Pesukim recited... and finally, Rabbi JJ Hecht quiets the children, “And now we have the zechus to hear from the Rebbe.” A hush falls upon the soldiers as they listen to the general of the entire army. This awe-inspiring sight can be appreciated with some knowledge of the beginning of this world’s history. “ֹלקים ֵאת ַה ָש ַׁמיִ ם ִ אשׁית ָב ָּרא ֱא ִ ְב ֵּר —וְ ֵאת ָה ָא ֶרץin the beginning Hashem created the heavens and the earth.” Hashem created the world because He wanted a dira b’tachtonim, a world where His Presence is revealed and every being conducts itself according to His wishes, causing Him to feel comfortable and at home. When Moshiach comes, this will be clear to everyone. Moshiach will bring a total revelation of Elokus (G-dliness) to the world, and all will clearly see that every creation only exists through Hashem’s words within it. However, in golus times, this reality is concealed. Hashem created the world through the name of “ֹלקים ִ ;”א ֱ which means that He made His Presence within this world invisible to our eyes. “—עֹולָ םworld,” comes from the word “—ה ֱעלֵ ם ֶ
concealment,” because we do not recognize the Creator within the creation. Us Yidden were given the task to uncover this deeper reality and reveal the Creator. When a Yid serves Hashem—whether through Torah, mitzvos, or by using even mundane objects in the way Hashem instructed in the Torah—he demonstrates that everything in this world must be used as Hashem intended. He is showing the world the truth—that Hashem is the Creator and King, and is therefore the One who decides how they should, or should not, be used. This is how Hashem feels at home in this world, and it is up to us to make this dira b’tachtonim, every time we make a proper decision. Had the world been created in a way where Elokus was already visible, there wouldn’t be any challenge in the decisions we make. If it were easy to learn Torah and do mitzvos, we wouldn’t feel deserving of the revelation that they bring. Hashem made our avoda difficult so that we can look back and recognize the challenge that we went through to make it happen, and feel a personal connection to what we accomplished. That’s why Hashem created a Yetzer Hora. It’s a feeling within us that tries persuading us to do exactly opposite of what Hashem instructs us in the Torah. Torah tells us that the world was created by Hashem. The Yetzer Hora claims that the world created itself. Torah tells us that every object was made to be used to serve its Creator.
The Yetzer Hora claims that it was made to increase in our physical pleasure. Torah tells us that we are meant to use out our time to learn Torah and fulfill mitzvos. The Yetzer Horah retorts, “Na, relax. Take it easy!” The Yetzer Hora is on a mission to hide the truth from us, and will go to ridiculous measures to accomplish this goal. Hashem gave the Yetzer Hora an endless supply of power and energy, so he’s never without a sly trick up his sleeve. What a sneaky enemy! We are meant to fight him, but sometimes we don’t even realize when it is him speaking to us, and before we realize, we are in his trap chas v’shalom! Because Hashem made the war very challenging, He gave us the best general to lead us through it. Our general, the Rebbe, sees the true purpose of this world through the clarity of the Torah. As a general, the Rebbe trains us, his soldiers that we too should see the world in this way, and makes sure that we never go into battle without the necessary ammunition. The Rebbe shows us how we can fight against the Yetzer Hora—and win! Every Tzivos Hashem rally was another opportunity for us to hone in on our mission. The Rebbe refocused us and drilled it into our minds, hearts and consciousness. A rally was the Rebbe gathering together his troops and telling us our orders. Sometimes the Rebbe gave us basic orders, the underlying fundamentals of Tzivos Hashem. These include that we are Hashem’s soldiers, we are fighting the Yetzer Hora, our goal is to make a dira b’tachtonim and bring Moshiach, and we must see the Torah as a guide. There were also special missions, which the Rebbe called “Order of the Day.” At those
rallies, the Rebbe showed us instructions that were to be found in that week’s Parsha or could be learned from the nearest yomim tovim, on how to fight the enemy. These precious talks to Tzivos Hashem were collected and compiled into Der Rebbe Redt Tzu Kinder. The first volume of the set contains the fundamentals of Tzivos Hashem. Volumes Two and Three talk about special missions corresponding to the yomim tovim, and Volumes Four and Five have the sichos that correspond to the parsha of the week. Volume Six contains miscellaneous information and an index. We are proud to present to the teacher—the base commander—Teacher’s Guide to the sicha on which Hachayol’s weekly Parshafier column is based. Though the Parshafier helps make the sicha practical for children by using relatable examples and stories, it cannot replace learning the original text, and seeing the authenticity of the Rebbe’s holy words. The Teacher’s Guide is more than a free translation of the sicha. It breaks the sicha down in steps and explains how the Rebbe takes a posuk from the weekly parsha and decodes its instructions to Tzivos Hashem. Much of the Teacher’s Guide is not found explicitly in the text of the sicha, but is culled from background information or from an audio of the rally. It is also important to note that we do not always follow the order of the text of the sicha; sometimes the lesson is spelled out right at the beginning of the sicha, but we stuck to our process of breaking down the pesukim, explaining them, and only then bringing out the lesson. Chayolei Tzivos Hashem - Elul 5777
The Teacher's Guide will contain the following:
An overview of the parsha and the context of these pesukim, along with a more thorough breakdown of the words and translations. As explained above, the sichos on the weekly parsha describe special missions—the “Order of the Day”—to Tzivos Hashem. It is only possible, though, to appreciate and connect to special missions if we first know all we can about regular missions. Therefore, before every sicha, we will first brush up on some Tzivos Hashem basics that pertain to the special mission of that week.
The source, text, and literal translation of the pesukim that the Rebbe will discuss.
Now that we understand the rich meaning of the pesukim, we can discuss its important lesson for us. If, for example, the sicha was long and many pesukim and ideas were discussed, the lesson will be followed by a concise summary of the pesukim and how the Rebbe explained them.
The Rebbe will ask questions or focus on interesting points within the pesukim. The Rebbe will then decode them and explain the meaning. Sometimes, the Rebbe will quote meforshim of the Torah, like Rashi, and expound on their explanation. The Rebbe may also explain something discussed by the other Rebbeim, and sometimes, the Rebbe might bring forth his own original idea. We therefore kept it all under the Rebbe Icon.
We can never forget the Rebbe’s goal: this sicha was said to empower the soldiers and instruct them on successfully fighting the enemy. We finish off with a palpable directive to the Chayolim, telling them to incorporate the message into their lives and fulfill their mission in bringing Moshiach!
We hope that this Guide enables you, the base commander, to develop a geshmak in delivering the Rebbe’s sichos, and we wish you tremendous hatzlocha in your holy shlichus of training the Rebbe’s soldiers!
Order of the day... It’s important that the children know that the way a chossid is connected to the Rebbe is through learning his Torah ...ֹׁואל ַב ֶּמּה ִהיא ַה ִה ְת ַק ְשׁרּות ֶשּׁלֹו ֵאלַ י ֵמ ַא ַחר ֶש ֵׁאין ֲאנִ י ַמכִ ּירֹו ָפּנִ ים ֵ ַהּש ַ ,לֹומד ַה ַמ ֲּא ָמ ֵרי ֲח ִסידּות ֶשׁלִ ּי ֵ כְ ֶּשׁהּוא,ּתֹורה ָ ה ִה ְת ַק ְשׁרּות ָה ֲא ִמ ִתּית ִהיא ַעל יְ ֵדי לִ ּמּוד ַה... ּמּודם ָ ִימים יִ ְחיּו ְבּל ִ לֹומינּו וְ ַתלְ ִמ ֵידי ַה ְת ִּמ ֵ ּומ ְת ַח ֵבּר ִעם יְ ִד ַידי ַאנְ ֵשׁי ְש ִ שׂיחֹות ּ ִ קֹורא ֶאת ַה ֵ ִהנֵ ּה ָב ֶּזה ִהיא,ּּמּודים ִ ִּוב ְש ִׁמ ַירת ְז ַמנֵ ּי ַהל ִ ּומ ַקיֵ ּם ַב ָּק ָּש ִׁתי ַב ֲּא ִמ ַירת ְת ִּהלִ ּים ְ ,דּותם ָ ּוב ִה ְתוַ ֲע ְ ַ ה ִה ְת ַק ְשׁרּות. In our generation we had the incredible zechus that the nossi hador spoke to children and participated in over 100 rallies, taking the deepest concepts in torah and explaining them so that even a young child could understand. These sichos are not only a spiritual tool for our children to connect to the Rebbe. In these sichos the Rebbe decodes the words of the Torah and explains how the Torah is our guide to win our enemy the Yetzer Hora. At each Rally the Rebbe would quote a possuk from that days chumosh and teach us “the order of the day” and explain the torah’s battle plan for the soilders in Hashem’s Army. The Rebbe would also do the same from the daily tehillim and sefer hamitzvos. When it came to a Yom tov the Rebbe explained the Order of the day based on that Yom tov.
In the good old days a teacher went with their children to
a rally with the Rebbe, the children davened mincha said the 12 pessukim and sat and listened to the Rebbe and Rabbi JJ heacht for an hour and a half. Each teacher was excited to go back to class and farbreng with their students about what the Rebbe had just told them. However sadly today most teachers don’t even know what the Rebbe said at the rallies. They are definitely not filled with the excitement that we were when we just heard the Rebbe speak.
To prepare a teacher’s guide based on these sichos on the
Parsha and the yomim tovim. So that a teacher’s can convey the Rebbes message the children without investing much energy. Each sicha comes with a prepared teachers guide, the sicha in english, the sicha in yiddish, the transcript and the audio of the Rabbe saying the sicha.
The result: We hope that the teachers will convey these sichos with tremendous passion and excitement to the chayolim and they will be able to listen and follow the Rebbe saying the sicha Directly. At teh very least each child in our care should know the all the sichos that the Rebbe said to the children at the rallies.
Order of the day resources are on: • Parsha - Weekly Sicha • Yomim Tovim - Rosh Hashona, Yom Kippur, Sukkos, Chanukah, Purim. Pesach, LagBomer, Shavuos
Including: • Teacher’s Guide • Sicha in English • Sicha in Yiddish • Transcript of Sicha with nekudos • Audio of the Rebbe saying the sicha • The Parshafire or dov the sparow article in Hachayol
Published on Mar 14, 2018