Classes

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Nineteen, Perek Four (3).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Nineteen, Perek Four (3).Pnimi- revealedMakif- Hidden, indirectNaRaN- a place in the body to allow for GiluiChaya Yechida- has no “place” and it is therefore difficult to appreciate the various different aspects present there, thus…Ratzon is Chaya- above reason and very urgentTa’anug is Yechida; the personality which determines what will...

Parshas Mishpatim - Topic Luchos Part Two.

Parshas Mishpatim – Topic Luchos Part Two.What it means to be created “בין השמשות” a time which has no tume time at all.Carved חרות can be read to mean Free חירות from exile and death; two explanations for Galus and two explanations for death (literal and figurative).Length:  27:50

Vayishma Yisro 5737, Class Two.

Vayishma Yisro 5737, Class Two.This class is on the beginning and the end.Kohein Midyan- bringing Pirud (division) to be NisbarerChosen Moshe- he brings Moshe (Torah) downVayishma Yisro (Rashi) Krias Yam Suf is ATIK above all Avoda.Es Kol Asher Usuh Elokim… (Keilim)ViChi Hotzi Havaya… (Oros)

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Ten, Perek Three (1).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Ten, Perek Three (1).Introduction to exposition on Birurim.First big Kabbalah idea: G-dliness, not Him but His Light “G-d-interactive”.Second big Kabbalah idea: G-dliness revealed to other (Vesseels) this is Atzilus (Adma HaElyon etc).Third big idea: Tohu is Atzilus version one: עצמות אור אין סוף בכלים couldn’t last and shattered.Fourth big...

Hayom Yom 11 Menachem, Class Two.

Hayom Yom 11 Menachem, Class Two.Some more on Reb Hilel and Hiskashrus.The Alter Rebbe’s decision to “go into Galus”.The decision to go to Mezritch; the condition (that he would would find Niglah).His brother has to go back.The Alter Rebbe goes alone.Messages from the Ba’al Shem Tov.

Parshas Hatomid Short Version (Yeshiva 5781/ 2021), Class Two and Three.

Parshas Hatomid Short Version (Yeshiva 5781/ 2021), Class Two.We read the paragraph inside, adding insight as we went.Specifically the ideas in the Possuk עולת תמיד העשוי’ בהר סיני לריח ניחוח אשה להוי’ה that seems to have NO practical meaning. Linking the Avoda NOW to pre-Har Sinai.The famous argument between the RaMbaM and the RaMbaN about...

What Makes A Gathering A Fabrengen?

Are there any requirements?

Chamisha Asar BiShvat, Class Three.

Chamisha Asar BiShvat, Class Three.Yesh MeAyin, its meaning, the difference between this process as it applies to plants (זרעים ירקות) and trees (אילן נטוע או זרוע עושה פירות and their fruit).כי האדם עץ השדה (Is this a question or a statement) [??] [!!]Are people like fruit trees or are they not like fruit tress?

Basi Legani Perek 11 Version Two Empire Shteibel, Class Two.

Basi Legani Perek 11 Version Two Empire Shteibel, Class Two.Two types of war:מלחמה לשלול שלל ולבוז בז calculated, limited, אתכפיאמלחמת נצחון the WILL must be carried outOnly great people have this attribute of Netzach.

Basi Legani Perek 11, Supplemental class.

Basi Legani Perek 11, Supplemental class.Beis Midrash Linashim Ubanos 770.War of Nitzachon, who can fight it?Why only him?How is it fought?

Parshas Hatomid Short Version (Yeshiva 5781/ 2021), Class One.

Parshas Hatomid Short Version (Yeshiva 5781/ 2021), Class One.1) A day of creation (night first) and a day of Avoda (day first).2) Ma’amados, the Yisroel’s contribution.3) אדם כי יקריב מכם the sacrifice of self.4) Korbanos after Moshiach כמצות רצוניך.

Lachain Emor 5721, Class Two.

Lachain Emor 5721, Class Two.The last three Teshuvos are discussed here, ad their link to the last three expressions of Geula.2) Asei Tov and ViHitzalti3) Bakesh Shalom Torah that joins Sovev and Mimalei BiGilui; and Viga’alti, given freedom, no constraints.4) Etzem of Torah Vilakachti- we are taking HIM!

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eleven, Perek Three (2). Questions and answers:

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eleven, Perek Three (2).Questions and answers:An intermediate level discussion on the Chassidic concepts of vessel (keyli) and ohr (light) in the context of the process of revelation (giluyi) between “levels of Godliness”. Some of the ideas discussed were:Gilui Elokus, Atzilus (IS gilui Elokus)Atzilus version one: Tohu, Etzem Ohr EIn Sof...

Class Seven Vayehu Bishalach (Shabbos) 5721.

Class Seven Vayehu Bishalach (Shabbos) 5721.This was said in between the two Basi Ligani Ma’amarim that year.We learned the entire Ma’mar.Pharaoh helps Yidden, by accompanying them out of Egypt; giving them sparks of holiness they may have left behind and the power for Teshuva.The constant in all the points in this combining opposites בכח נמנע...

Class One Hundred and Thirty Eight, Likutei Sichos vol 21 page 77 ff. Class Three.

Class One Hundred and Thirty Eight, Likutei Sichos vol 21 page 77 ff. Class Three.The lesson: having Mesiras Nefesh even for “the worst Jew”.

HAYOM YOM 10 MENACHEM AV, Class Two.

HAYOM YOM 10 MENACHEM AV, Class Two.מדת אמת יעקבThe cost and reward for “Emes”.

03. Yehi Ratzon... before Korban Tamid (recited each morning, if Tachanun is said) (Machon Chana) Class 3

מצות עשה. יהי רצון… תמיד Class Three. In this (short) class we explore the text of this prayer (to the prayer of קרבנות), It is about compensating for a lack. After Moshiach comes it will be said but on a much higher level.

03. Yehi Ratzon... before Korban Tamid (recited each morning, if Tachanun is said) (Machon Chana) Class 2

יהי רצון… תמיד Class Two. Class 09 Wednesday 4 Teves 5776/ December 16 2015.This class addresses the three words מחילה, כפרה, סליחה. The many opinions about how to align these three ideas with the three levels of sin: חטא, עון, פשע becomes very confusing. In our נוסח אדמו”ר הזקן he aligns חטא with מחילה, and...

03. Yehi Ratzon... before Korban Tamid (recited each morning, if Tachanun is said) (Machon Chana) Class 1

יהי רצון… תמיד Class One. CLASS 08 WEDNESDAY 20 KISLEV 5776/ DECEMBER 2 2015.This prayer that precedes the פרשת התמיד is, in effect, a prayer for a prayer. We explained it like Brachos are explained (תורה אור בראשית) that when one cannot experience the light he ascends higher where, he won’t experience the light, but, he’ll...

03. Yehi Ratzon... before Korban Tamid (recited each morning, if Tachanun is said) (short version) (Yeshiva)

יהי רצון… תמיד Short Version, Yeshiva.This prayer (in contrast to the pre-Ketores prayer) is said only on days when Tachanun is recited, though an argument does exist to say it (minus some words) always. It is (like so many “late to the game” prayers) compiled from several old prayers (including אתה יודע רזי עולם which we...

Class Six Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma'amar 2) Part Four.

Class Six Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma’amar 2) Part Four.The war of Beis Dovid (bringing Moshiach, but where thee is still opposition) on both fronts: A חרפו אויביך הוי’ה and B חרפו עקבות משיחיך requires Mesiras Nefesh: גט כריתות כותב לאשתו.This war doesn’t have a big and a little a major and a minor, everything is...

Class Six Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma'amar 2) Part Four.

Class Six Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma’amar 2) Part Four.The war of Beis Dovid (bringing Moshiach, but where thee is still opposition) on both fronts: A חרפו אויביך הוי’ה and B חרפו עקבות משיחיך requires Mesiras Nefesh: גט כריתות כותב לאשתו.This war doesn’t have a big and a little a major and a minor, everything is...

Nasata Litaiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Perek 2.

Nasata Litaiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Six, Perek 2.There must be some kind of G-dliness even in the dark (of Nisyonos) but the spark itself as gone dark. Litaiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Seven, Perek 2.The idea of סוד הבירורים closer to Moshiach we cannot know, so the attitude is חטוף ואכול חטוף ואשתי. Nasata...

יהי רצון… תמיד Short Version, Yeshiva.

יהי רצון… תמיד Short Version, Yeshiva.This prayer (in contrast to the pre-Ketores prayer) is said only on days when Tachanun is recited, though an argument does exist to say it (minus some words) always.It is (like so many “late to the game” prayers) compiled from several old prayers (including אתה יודע רזי עולם which we...

Class Five Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma'amar 2) Part Three.

Class Five Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma’amar 2) Part Three.This class is on the (1st half of) the second half of the second Basi Legani 5721.First of all we repeated how the first and second half of this Ma’amar share the property of bringing together opposites (with the power of נמנע הנמנעות!), in the first half...

Hodu (Machon Chana) Class 22(2) (Pesukim 39-42)

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty Two, Class Two.Reading inside and translation of Hashem’s names.

Class Four Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma'amar 1) Part Two.

Class Four Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma’amar 1) Part Two.Second half of the Maamar is primarily about the difference between a war with a limited end (where settling and compromise are possible) and a war of victory (the King’s will must be carried out).The idea of victory is linked to Ishapacha and is possible only by...

Hodu (Machon Chana) Class 20(2)(Pesukim 32-34)

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty, Class TwoThe next two Pesukim אתה ה’ לא תכלה… and זכר רחמיך… speak more to the basic Truth that He is good (because if He didn’t want us He wouldn’t have made us and He has a pretty good idea how we are going to turn out).“Ata” He created...

Talk (5781/ 2021) to Beis Rivkah teachers.

Talk (5781/ 2021) to Beis Rivkah teachers.The Rebbe encourages a deluge of Chassidus to little children, because this ultimately is best.The children are incredibly sensitive, but they’re also very sensitive.Take a listen.

Tanya (text based) Chapter 13 Class 1 (105)

Tanya Chapter 13 Class 1 (105) We begin addressing the מאמרי חז”ל cited in פרק א 1) בינוני זה וזה שופטן2) This means two voices not two sources of action.3) הלכה כדברי המכריע isn’t simply a majority, it is actually some kind of resolution.4) הקב”ה עוזרו means that the פנימיות הנשמה supports the good choices.5)...

Class Three Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma'amar 2) Part Two.

Class Three Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma’amar 2) Part Two.This class continues the theme of there being two opposites in how Hashem’s names are manifest, to the extent that the only way to explain their existence is through the idea of Nimna Hanimnaos!!1) אליו ולא למדותיו the Elokus of the Keilim, join with the Keilim with...

Class Two Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma'amar 2) Part One.

Class Two Basi Ligani 5721 (Ma’amar 2) Part One.This class covers 5 pages of the 2nd Basi Ligani 5721 (Motzoei Shabbos) but entails half of what the first class entailed.It has a review of the earlier Perakim of Basi Ligani (Ch 1-10) and then he explores OUR Perek 11.1) Tizvos Hashem have a name like...

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Fourteen.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Fourteen.Final idea from the Sicha (in vol 30) since every aspect is Etzem all are equally important,Length: 17:08

Terumas Hadeshen, Short (Yeshiva) version (5781/ 2020), Class One.

Terumas Hadeshen, Short (Yeshiva) version (5781/ 2020), Class One.This class is an excellent example of how Chassidus sheds light, meaning, and personal application to Jewish practices from the Temple period that can be difficult to relate to in the modern context.Ash (sadness) the good type (Koved Rosh before Tefilla) and the bad type (Atzvus, is...

07 Vayehi Achar (the Akeida), (Machon Chana) Class 2

Vayehi Achar (the Akeida), Class Two.WEDNESDAY 4 KISLEV 5775/ NOVEMBER 26 2014Vayehi Achar Class Two. There are many reasons to say VaYehi Achar and though the idea has been around since the Zohar, it was not said until the last few hundred years or so. This class explores why it has been recently incorporated into...

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Twelve.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Cass Twelve.Likutei Sichos vol. 30 page 148 ff. Class One.Gid Hanasheh reminds us of the everlasting love of Hashem to Yidden; and their immortality.Question why would so something so central be celebrated by something so minor?Answer prefaces the Ba’al Shem Tov’s opinion of Hashgacha Pratis, two big ideas:A. everything (including...

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Thirteen.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Cass Thirteen.Likutei Sichos vol. 30 page 148 ff. Class Two.In spite of the two universal points about Hashgacha listed above there is still a difference between universal Hashgacha and the Hashgacha Pratis of a Yid:The first is logical’ and therefore though everything is central to creation there remains more central...

Fruits of Yeshiva Study, Class Two.

Fruits of Yeshiva Study, Class Two.Hadar HaTorah, 5781 (2020).It is one of the secrets of Jewish survival.It changes you incredibly, it has no substitute.

11 Birchas Hashachar (07-09) (Short) Roka Ha Aretz Al HaMayim (07), HaMaichin Mitzadai Guver (08), Sheusu Li Kol Tzurchi (09)

Short Class On all three Brachos (Yeshiva 5780). These three Brachos deal with the ability to walk the earth, which allows us, human kind to be “outside our source” and exercise free will in doing our purpose. The land rose up over the sea, and He gave us (and continues giving us) the steps with which...

Introduction to Korbanos (short version)

Introduction to Korbanos (short version)This class given in Yeshiva Achei Temimim on Sunday 5 [Chamisha Bi]Teves 5781 has a significant introduction about Chamisha BiTeves; the Siddur part of the class introduces Korbanos and connects them to Asiya (Hioda’a) and action.

Katonti 5737 (2nd of three part Hemshech about Pada BiShalom) Class One.

Katonti 5737 (2nd of three part Hemshech about Pada BiShalom) Class One.Introduction to Maamar Katonti with transition from Pada BiShalom and explanation regarding the background of the Katonti Maamar.This class covers a very small part of this (rather long) Ma’amar; including only the very beginning and the very end.There are various levels of Shalom and...

Pada BiShalom 5737 (3rd of three part Hemshech about Pada Bishalom), Class Two.

Pada BiShalom 5737 (3rd of three part Hemshech about Pada Bishalom), Class Two.Torah is Shalom.But Torah is also Mivarer but on a Shalom level (like the Shalom at the moment of Mattan Torah).In Torah all three levels of Milchama (Niglah) Cherev Shel Shalom (Pnimiyus explaining Niglah) Shalom [like by Shlomo] (Chitzoniyus Atik) and Shalom Liasid...

The Rebbe. (5770). 3 Classes Class 1

A three part series (given at the BESHT) about the Rebbe. The Rebbe Class One. In the first class are some stories about the Rebbe’s early life.

Hayom Yom Biography of the (Frierdiker) Rebbe Rayatz Class 3

The brief history of the Rebbe’s life in the introduction to the Hayom Yom. (5773/2013). Class Three. 1) The arrest, 2) liberation, 3) KastramA, 4) coming home, 5) Malachavka, 6) the decision to leave to leave Russia, 7) Tishrei 5688, 8) Riga, 9) Travels, deciding where to live, America, Israel etc., 10) Poland, 11) Utvutzk,...

Hayom Yom Biography of the (Frierdiker) Rebbe Rayatz Class 4

The brief history of the Rebbe’s life in the introduction to the Hayom Yom. (5773/2013). Class Four. 1) America, 2) Tomchei Tmimim, 3) New York and not Lakewood, 4) Machanei Yisroel.

Hayom Yom Biography of the (Frierdiker) Rebbe Rayatz Class 2

The brief history of the Rebbe’s life in the introduction to the Hayom Yom. (5773/2013). Class Two. 1) His Father passes away and his Nesius begins (in 5680), 2) His father’s Tzava’a, 3) the world changes and he adapts. 4) The incredible undertakings and success of his initial activities, 5) The private enterprise that allows...

Hayom Yom Biography of the (Frierdiker) Rebbe Rayatz Class 1

The brief history of the Rebbe’s life in the introduction to the Hayom Yom. (5773/2013). Class One. The biography of the Frierdike Rebbe until his Nesius. 1) His childhood, 2) Mishnayos Baal Peh, 3) the RaShabaTz, 4) his Arrest, 5) his Father’s Chinuch, 6) His 15th birthday and becoming a public servant, 7) going to...

The Biography of the Rebbe Rashab - Class 4

4. 11 Elul (5634) His Wedding.

Liolom Yehei Adam, Class Five (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020).

Liolom Yehei Adam, Class Five (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020).The second of the two אתה הואs was explained.This is a lower level than the first אתה הוא; it represents1) “Only” knowing Hashem from the word, and not as He is “by Himself”2) His relationship with us during Galus.The RaMaK provides two key clues to this paragraph:A. קבץ...

The Life of the Alter Rebbe - Class 16

A series of classes on the life of the Alter Rebbe given at Yeshivas Chovevai Torah, beginning in Adar 5773/2013. Class Sixteen. The Tanya. This class (begins) explores the history of the Tanya, and its four stages: 1) Yechidus, 2) Ma’amarim, 3) Manuscript, ‘kuntreisim, 4) The printed Tanya. This class has some detail on Yechidus.

Given over Zoom at Chabad of New Orleans (5781/ 2020).

Given over Zoom at Chabad of New Orleans (5781/ 2020).1) The Ba’al Shem Tov taught the “what” of Chassidus.2) The Alter Rebbe provided the “how”What is unique about Chabad?

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 10

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Ten. The philosophy of Chassidus (4). The world. Chassidus’ view of the creation (world): 1) Hashem creates the world ex nihilo every instant, [and is not only creating Yesh MiYesh] and, 2) there...

Given over Zoom at Chabad of New Orleans (5781/ 2020).

Given over Zoom at Chabad of New Orleans (5781/ 2020).1) The Ba’al Shem Tov taught the “what” of Chassidus.2) The Alter Rebbe provided the “how.”What is unique about Chabad?

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 03

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Three. 1) His Hidden years, 2) His Marriage, 3) His Children.

Hayom Yom 7 Menachem Av, Class Two.

Hayom Yom 7 Menachem Av, Class Two.This class has a long introduction dealing with the time (14 Kislev).The second Iggeres HaKodseh Katonti in the Sunday of Vayishlach cannot be ignored.The idea of שמינית שבשמינית and the fact that this Possuk is the eighth Possuk in the eighth Parsha.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Eleven.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Eleven.Last class on the Derech Mitzvosecha (Gid Hanasheh Ma’amar).The upside of NeHI alone is עם קשי עורף Jewish stubbornness.The downside of NeHI alone is the vulnerability to Amalek’s onslaught.At the very end of the class we explored the פרי עץ חיים from the beginning HIs נצח is out הוד...

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Nine - ten.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Nine.Derech Mitzvosecha (2).ChaBaD of Chessed: love and understandingChaGaS of Chessed: ותרנות tendency towards generosity.NeHI of Chessed: action of kindness’ perhaps without all the emotion.The Malach of Aisav sees the NeHI as vulnerable. Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Ten.Amalaik attacks NeHI by itself, the lack of “light” makes the...

Liolom Yehei Adam, Class Two three and four (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020).

Liolom Yehei Adam, Class Two (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020).Inside with commentary from the beginning.The “big idea” is the idea of Adam being as infinite as Me’od in it’s balance and integration and that is the meaning of M”A (repeated multiple time in the paragraph): it isn’t a question it is a statement.M”A meaning Bittul this allows...

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Eight.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Eight.Review of what we did until now.Introduction to Derech Mitzvosecha, overview of the Tzemach Tzedek’s Torah and the Sefer Derech Mitzvosecha specifically.A short discussion on NeHI vs ChaBaD and ChaGaS.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Six- Seven.

Gid HaNasheh (Yeshivah 5781/ 2020), Class Six.The second Zohar (Part 2b):Only Moshe has Nevua on all three levels of ChaBaD and ChaGaS and NeHI; the rest only have it in the NeHI level.Thus the expression (by a Novi) in Chassidus: “Chakika” it is carved (not integrated).This is also the fault of Aisav’s Malach hitting Yaakov....

הודו להוי' קראו בשמו Class Twenty Six, Class One- Two; end of Hodu.

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty Six, Class One.This classes deal with Pesukim 49-51.– Harchev Picha – When Moshiach comes we have the ability to ask for great wealth and it will not make us crazy – we can handle it. הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty Six, Class Two.This classes deal with Pesukim 49-51.–...

הודו להוי' קראו בשמו Class Twenty Five, Pesukim 46-48.

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty Five, Class One.This class deals with Pesukim 46-48.This class has a lengthy introduction, about words and their usage and the level they represent, whose source from the Zohar.The three levels are 1) Kesser, 2) Atzilus (Z”A), 3) Malchus.For example: 1) מצותי and 2) מצות הוי’ה and 3) מצות המלךThe...

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class Eight Ten.

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class Eight.We read Likutei Sichos vol 3 page 757 ff inside.It is a Mitzvah that 1) pervades the physical 2) continues indefinitely.Avrohom waited to be told so it should be the מעשה אבות סימן לבנים for all the Mitzvos we do after Mattan Torah. Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class...

Hayom Yom 5 Menachem Av, Class Two.

Hayom Yom 5 Menachem Av, Class Two.Klippa is darkness and nothingness plus one more thing – thepower of suggestion. If we don’t buy into our own belief in the klippawe will find that we are dealing with a leaf in the wind.  We have tostop believing in klippas power to break bad habits. That is...

Liolom Yehei Adam, Class One (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020).

Liolom Yehei Adam, Class One (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020).Introduction: the 4 things we say before Korbanos: 1) Ma Tovo, 2) Adon Olom, 3) Akaida (with a before and after), 4) Liolom Yehaid Adam.From Tana Dvei Eliyahu, it’s about saying Shma and more.We read the first half inside.

הודו להוי' קראו בשמו Class Twenty Four, Class One- Two.

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty Four, Class One.This class deals with Pesukim 43-45.The idea of חיכוי was explained (נפשני חכתה) based on the idea in Zohar יעשה למחכה לו למאן דדייק במילין דחוכמתאThe idea of overcoming challenge, reveals the deepest levels of the Neshamah. הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty Four, Class Two.We read...

Ribono Shel Olom (Yeshiva Version 5781/ 2020) Class Three.

Ribono Shel Olom (Yeshiva Version 5781/ 2020) Class Three.The last Pesukim:1) Tzara, from the narrowness itself comes the Bracha2) The 13 Middos HaRachamim, even infinity needs order and a path (Kav) or it is unsustainable.4) The Beis HaMikdash is everybody’s, but it requires order for it to be sustainable.

הודו להוי' קראו בשמו Class Twenty Three, Class One- Two, Review and Preview.

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Twenty Three, Class One.These two classes:1) Reviewed everything we learned all year since והוא רחום.2) We read the rest of הודו with the commentary of the ספר הברית who is the only ראשון whose commentary seems to follow the pattern of these Pesukim as we recite them each day although...

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class Six.

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class Six.This oral lecture introduces the notion of ביטול הגזירה to the discussion. After Hashem gave the Torah the divide was breached but before there was a separation between high and low.The one exception by Avrohom was Bris Mila which is why he used it as a חפצא של מצוה...

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class Six.

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class Six.Torah Ohr (the “Bris” Ma’amar) Bietzem Hayom Hazeh,Avrohom waited to be told to do circumcision because he wanted a “Mila HaElyona” (the higher Bris) above Havaya that must be mandated from heaven.

Ribono Shel Olom (Yeshiva Version 5781/ 2020)

Ribono Shel Olom (Yeshiva Version 5781/ 2020) Class One.Overview of this paragraph, its source and its placement here. Ribono Shel Olom (Yeshiva Version 5781/ 2020) Class One. Ribono Shel Olom (Yeshiva Version 5781/ 2020) Class Two.Inside first half:1) Kevesh: Avrohom squeezed himself, we are asking Hashem to squeeze Himself and love us in return.2) Remembering...

8b. Tahalucha.

8b. Tahalucha.This class was added in 5781 (2020).The idea of Chazaras Chassidus expanded to include (simply) walking along with the one who does the actual Chazara.This campaign was very near and dear to the Rebbe.He explained how important “serving Hashem (even) with the feet” is.He connected it to Moshiach.

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Nine.

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Nine.Explaining that the reason for the need for בנין המלכות (specifically) is due to seven differences between Malchus and the other Sfiros:1) The difference in the source (RaDlA or Arich)2) It’s Mihus (One point vs nine Sfiros (in hiding))3) The אופן or מציאות of it’s Mihus4) The method of...

Vayehi Achar (the Akeida), Yeshiva Version, Class Two.

Vayehi Achar (the Akeida), Yeshiva Version, Class Two.In this class we completed the reading of Vayehi Achar inside and offered a variety of reasons why this is said each morning.Class 2 length (36:54)

Basukos Tashvu 5738, Classes Three and Four.

Basukos Tashvu 5738, Class Three.Achas according to Kabbalah is higher than any association (directly or indirectly) to the world.Above the Tzimtzum, above the idea of Makom Hacholol, even above the idea of הוא ושמו בלבד, in other words Atzmus Himself is Achas.And every Jew even ordinary ones have access to “Achas” as we are rooted...

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Eight.

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Eight.The idea of Binyan HaMalchus is explained with the way Adam and Chava were created דיו פרצופים נבראו as two Siamese twins attached back to back that were separated so they could meet each other face to face.This is building up the Nukva to be equal to Z”A so...

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Four.

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Four.More on the Ba’al Shem Tov’s Mashal;The Mashal of Reb Levi Yitzchok of Barditchov: we took the Torah when no one else wanted it; we remind Hashem of this by “putting on the same clothing we wore that day”: the SHOFAR!Class Length (36:57)

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Five - Seven.

Shofar (Yeshiva, Elul 5780- 5781), Class Five.We began the class by further reviewing what the Holy Reb Levi Yitzchok of Barditchov explained about Tekiyas Shofar.We discussed the two types of leader: מושל and מלך.מושל is a leader who imposes his will on others.מלך is all about will: the people want him as their king and...

Kinesher Yair Kino 5738, Class Two.

Kinesher Yair Kino 5738, Class Two.There are three times for teshuva in RaMbaM: 1) all the time, 2) the ten days of Teshva, 3) Yom Kippur (is the zenith of Teshuva).These three mirror the three levels of 1) כנשר יעיר כינו and 2) על גוזליו ירחף and 3) יפרוש כנפיו יקחהו ישאהו על אברתו.They are...

New Year at Machon LiYahadus! Back to Miriam's well

Class One Hundred and Thirty Six, The Chumash: The “Well of Miriam” Class Three.This class is the first of the new school year (5780-5781/ 2020-2021) and the introduction is therefore necessary.Part 1:  What is slavery? Having no control over oneself means not having the freedom to overcome our weaknesses – that is slavery.  If a...

Teshuva Classes 4-6

TESHUVA CLASS FOUR – Ma’amar from The Alter Rebbe in Likutei Torah on Balak – is a classic ma’amar of teshuva.  The second Teshuva is ila’a. It’s called עשה טוב to create (Yesod) a connection to the Ein Sof. This Teshuva heals the past.Class Length (31:19) TESHUVA CLASS FIVE Text:  Likutei Torah Ma Tovu Chapter...

Class Four, Sicha on Elul and Teshuva and Parshas Re'ei 5720

Class Four, Sicha on Elul and Teshuva and Parshas Re’ei 5720Text: Toras Menachem, Volume 28, p.289-290This class addresses the experience of “seeing” a revelation of bracha (blessing) and klala (correction) in the process of teshuva.According to Chassidus, one of the highest levels of certainty is seeing – “seeing is believing”.  Physical and spiritual sight are...

Vayehi Achar (the Akeida), Yeshiva Version, Class One.

Vayehi Achar (the Akeida), Yeshiva Version, Class One.This class gives deep and accessible insights into the enigmatic story of The Akeidah.  A great resource for gleaning personal applications from the final and most challenging test of Avraham Avinu (Our father Abraham).We introduced it briefly, and read most of the Akeida inside and translated it and...

15 Elul (5780/ 2020) The story of Tomchei Temimim, Class Two.

15 Elul (5780/ 2020) The story of Tomchei Temimim, Class Two.The functions of the Yeshiva, older Bochurim, Younger Bochurim.Dormitory, dining room, learning and schedule.

Re'ei 5720 Class Three

CLASS THREE:  In the third class, Rabbi Paltiel covers the connection between Parshas Re’eh and Elul.  Re’ei means to see and in context it means to see G-dliness which is normally not seen. Our ability “to see” and not only believe has to do with the אחרונים ברצון, the will from inside, from the Neshama.“When...

TESHUVA CLASS THREE

TESHUVA CLASS THREETexts: Likutei Torah on “Ma-Toyvu” (the classic ma’amar on teshuva – often quoted by The Rebbe).This class goes over the concepts of teshuva, particularly “teshuva tata’a” and connects it to אלוקינו (our Personal G-d) as opposed to אלוקים the G-dliness of concealment.Making אלוקים back into אלוקינו is Teshuva Tata’a.Class Length (35:16)

Hayom Yom 4 Menachem Av, Class Two.

Hayom Yom 4 Menachem Av, Class Two.This class provides a second, more direct, interpretation of the comments on parnassa in this entry*.  We have only what Hashem decides we’ll have.Discussion: Parnassa is decided at Rosh HaShanah with two aspects: 1. overall amount and 2. nuanced aspects of how the overall parnassa will come to fruition...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 16- 17, Class 74.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 16- 17, Class 74.This class is on the end of Perek 16 and all of Perek 17. The mechanism of prayer (davening) to change the physical world is reviewed in this class with a couple new concepts added (cross reference to earlier classes on Perek 11).  The details of the...

12 Tamuz 5720, Toras Menachem vol 28, Classes Six, seven and eight.

12 Tamuz 5720, Sicha 6, Class Six.Page 212-213.This sicha addresses the Chassidic principle of going out of restriction (tzimtzum). In addition there is extensive discussion of the decades long process of building 770 (the Lubavitch central synagogue in Brooklyn) and the Rebbe’s approach to managing and developing the physical infrastructure of the Lubavitch organization.  ...

This is a makeup class (from a month ago) Ki Merosh Tzurim 5738, Class Two.

Ki Merosh Tzurim 5738, Class Two.The idea of bringing from a higher level downward being the greatest thing is illustrated using אותיות (letters) that come from the נפש as an example.Typically the משל would be from כחות הנפש but in this מאמר (for some reason) the Rebbe chooses the משל of אותיות to present his...

The King in the field analogy; Manchester England (Zoom) Elul 5720 (2020)

Manchester England (Zoom) Elul 5720 (2020)The King is in the field for all no matter what.The story carries through all of Elul- Tishrei in the Mashal and the Nimshal.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 16, Class 72- 73.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 16, Class 72.Introduction to class: the classic question is posed, “Why do we need to mention the exodus from Egypt after Moshiach comes?”  The answer presented relates to a person going beyond him or herself – transcending self – when a person experiences something that for him/her is beyond all...

Rosh Chodesh Elul 5780.

Rosh Chodesh Elul 5780.Today 30 Menachem we blow to practice, this the Rebbe compares to the Sound of Shofar Motzoei Yom Kippur.The third 40 days, He likes us; but like Ba’alei Teshuva not Tzadikim and there’s a difference.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 01 and Introduction.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Class One. Introduction:The tradition of simple faith was supplanted by philosophical questioning and the גדולי ישראל answered with a Jewish version of Philosophy.In short: the idea that דברה תורה בלשון בני אדם and הכל משל ומליצה resolved the questions of anthropomorphism.When Kabbala came along and turned in the other direction, not...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 68- 69.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 68.Starting perek tes vav (15). The vessel of the second Parsha of Kriyas Shema (והי’ אם שמוע) is “gevura” which is very critical and judgmental and thus the “ohr” of chesed (kindness) is used to balance it. The “gevura” reality is defined where every aspect is judged and criticized...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 66- 67.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 66.Introduction of new concepts to the analysis of the “Shema” to be discussed in detail in Class 67. Concepts introduced in this class include are “penimiyas” (inside) with two aspects:1. the deepest level of the subconscious versus2. deliberate proactive initiation of self. The overarching theme is introduced by...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 65.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 65.Contrast between three aspects of brain function: 1. the pre-frontal cortex in human survival – fight or flee (visceral reaction), 2. the sophisticated emotions, 3.  deliberate thought and choice. This framework is placed against the Chassidic model of Nehi (kishkes), Chagas (chest), Chabad (brain). The questions are discussed:...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 63- 64.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 63.End of discussion on Shma and Yisroel. Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 14- 15, Class 64.פרשת ואהבת is כלי החסד but the אור is גבורה.Explanation.אנא בכח is a name of גבורה this is the light which rests on vessels of חסד.We’ll explain more tomorrow.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 60.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 60.Introduction, a מילתא דבדיחותא about תשעה באב.We continued explaining the idea of הוי’ אחד the large דל”ת is לאה or מחשבה שבדיבורברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד is רחל who brings Elokus into the lower worlds of בי”ע.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 60.Introduction, a מילתא דבדיחותא about תשעה באב.We continued explaining the idea of הוי’ אחד the large דל”ת is לאה or מחשבה שבדיבור.ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד is רחל who brings Elokus into the lower worlds of בי”ע.

12 Tamuz 5720, Sicha 6, Class Five.

12 Tamuz 5720, Sicha 6, Class Five.Short class, more on building and going out of TzimtzumLubavitch should stop going into Galus.

Menachem AV (5780/ 2020).

Menachem AV (5780/ 2020).Ahavs Yisroel is the answer to the Sinas Chinom, מפני חטאינו גלינו מארצינו, if we break the cause, the effect automatically falls.So simple to understand, so hard to do.Start with those close to you, and grow, and this brings Moshiach.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 59.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 59.Inside, after explaining the need for חכמה first (like קריאת שמע first) we proceed to explaining to Pesukim of שמע ישראל:הוי’ אלוקינו: are חכמה that receives אין סוף and then passes it along to אלוקינו which is (in this context) בינההוי’ אחד: they are ז”א (division and yet...

5 Menachem, The ARIZAL's Yahrtzeit, 5780 (2020).

5 Menachem 5780 (2020).The Arizal- What a mind! The Torah of light, not darkness and then light, just light. בתורתו של ר’ מאיר הי’ כתוב כתנות אור באל”ף.And he had the additional gift from Hashem (with the help of his Talmid Reb Chayim Vittal) to GIVE some of his Torah to us until the end...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 57-58.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 57.Inside.The idea of Chochma in each world receives and holds the אור אין סוף. Though the Ma’amarim speak only about Atzilus, but in fact קריאת שמע reaches much higher than Atzilus until אין סוף הסובב כל עלמין. Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 58.The two levels of...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 56.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 56.Chochma.It is a “tool” like any other [A. cannot do anything on it’s own. B. It is always at the disposal to use it whenever and however he wishes.]But it is opposite of most tools, because all the other tools are centered on what they are (their parameters)...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 55.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 12-13, Class 55.Back to text (near beginning of Perek 13).Prayer is our form of partnering with Him so that the gift He has given in Creation and in its sustaining isn’t (any longer) uni-lateral but bi-lateral.We draw all the way from Sovev and what we bring in (as an addition)...

Siyum HaRaMbaM 17 Tamuz 5780

Siyum HaRaMbaM 17 Tamuz 5780A few minutes on the 4 fasts, including שבעה עשר בתמוזSiyum HaRaMbaM: The RaMbaM starts and ends with Knowing G-d, but they are very different.The next cycle begins higher than where the last one finished.The second to the last Halachos are on the 7 laws on Noach, as it is the...

Vayedaber Elokim 5713, Class Five.

Vayedaber Elokim 5713, Class Five.The reason the בירור has to happen from Torah and not from the person’s own efforts, is because the Torah provides an infinite force to transform קליפה to קדושה.שלום for the Divine Soul that later spills over to שלום for the Animal Soul as well.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 11, Class 42.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 11, Class 42.Discussion on G-dliness cont.The questions asked previously are repeated here and further explained.The best Mashal for G-dliness may be חכמת אדם תאר פניו.The idea of חזר והאיר.

Vayedaber Elokim 5713, Class Four.

Vayedaber Elokim 5713, Class Four.The Torah existed (was learned and even practiced) before the Torah was given.However, it was limited (only עד שרש הנבראים) because we weren’t given the אותיות התורה.At מתן תורה the בלי גבול which is למעלה משרש הנבראים was revealed and now it is possible for there to be “ביטול הגזירה” and...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 11, Class 41.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 11, Class 41.Discussion on G-dliness cont.1) Not G-d but not Creation either2) G-d in מציאות, which mean it has relationships (with time, space, form); in RaMbaM’s words, מצוי ראשון and not אינו מצוי3) It is דביקות. It is nothing more than reflection of the Source.4) It is discussed nowadays using...

Elokeinu VeElokai Avosainu (before Vayehi Achar) [Yeshiva 5780]

Elokeinu VeElokai Avosainu (before Vayehi Achar) [Yeshiva 5780]The custom of saying ויהי אחר (the Akaida) every morning and it has a prefix (אלוקינו ואלוקי אבותינו) and a suffix (רבונו של עולם).These two are תחינות (begging (?)).This little paragraph comes from the Musaf of שמונה עשרה the end of ברכת זכרונות with some changes.We say this...

Vayedaber Elokim 5713, Class Three.

Vayedaber Elokim 5713, Class Three.The four levels of דומם, צומח, חי, ומדבר how they play out in Avodas HaAdam:דומם is the idea of doing Mitzvos with “no Soul; only the garments” on the level of מצות אנשים מלומדה.צומח is the idea of the “Nature” (or personality) of the person. This involves feeling and even growth...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 10, Class 39.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 10, Class 39.We explain:1) זעיר אנפין2) שכינה3) קודשא בריך הוא both the קדוש part and the ברוך part.We answer the final question about Hashem having more than one name for our sake.We then started the next פרק י”א and addressed the issue of אור אין סוף having many levels but...

Bisha'a Shehikdimu 5713, Class Four.

Bisha’a Shehikdimu 5713, Class Four.A short Class that ends the Ma’amar on the note of bringing the makif (Bittul, Hoda’a, Bittul BiMtzius) into Pnimiyus, going through “the steps” mind heart etc.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 10, Class 38.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 10, Class 38.The idea of לפי שכלו יהולל איש (comes into the Ma’amar as part of the Mashal that explains the need ‘to go through the steps’ or the need for יחודים.In this class we explored this idea.The difference between intelligence and wisdom. Some of the smartest people in the...

13 Ikarim (Principles of Faith), Class Four.

13 Ikarim (Principles of Faith), Class Four.We read an English translation of each of the last four Ikarim and compared and contrasted them to the language of the אני מאמין and יגדל there are quite a few discrepancies.Ikar Ten: He knows what man is doing; is primarily about ידיעה and not about knowing secrets (which...

13 Ikarim (Principles of Faith), Class Four.

13 Ikarim (Principles of Faith), Class Four.We read an English translation of each of the last four Ikarim and compared and contrasted them to the language of the אני מאמין and יגדל there are quite a few discrepancies.Ikar Ten: He knows what man is doing; is primarily about ידיעה and not about knowing secrets (which...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Seven.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Seven.Letter תי”ו inside.The חסיד reaches upwards in the first two Pesukim, תקרב רנתי etc and תבוא תחינתיThe next two Pesukim are the words the חסיד speaks for Hashem (the idea of שוב like שמונה עשרה) the Pesukim תבענה שפתי and תען לשוני אמרתיךThe next three Pesukim speak of the...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Six.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Six.Introduction to the learning of the (letter תי”ו) last eight Pesukim 169-176; we explain the Pesukim as being (even higher than תורתו אומנתו) which is the idea of איזהו חסיד המתחסד עם קונו and above (even) that עם קן דילי’ה.This involves רינה from the bottom up; followed by Tefilla...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 10, Class 32.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 10, Class 32.Review of yesterday, the RaMbaM and Chassidus’ view of טעמי המצות in general.1) מדות טובות2) דיעות נכונות3) יחודים this was explained at length, with the preface of the debate about עבודה צורך גבוה whether it’s בתמי’ה (Philosophy) or בניחותא (Kabbalah).There are two ideas in יחודים: In Atzilus for...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Five.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Five.Letter שי”ן Pesukim 161-168 are explored here.Dovid is on the level of Toraso Umnaso and from Torah alone, all good comes and he need not deal directly with evil at all.Explanation: The normal way is to get something from Hashem down here through Tefilla, not through Torah.But for those...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 9, Class 30.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 9, Class 30.1) Hallel means for the Etzem to shine in the direction of this מדה.2) There’s not only a suggestion but a NEED to praise Hashem to bring forth the G-dliness, and afterwards there’s the second idea of asking Him for what I need, לכוין בשם.Both of these are...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Four.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty Four.This class explores the eight Pesukim (153-160) connected to the letter רי”ש.The spirit or constant here (supported heavily by the ראשונים’s commentary) is about the contention between the One and the Many.This battle is always on all levels and in areas. Excellence vs expediency, and Dovid begs for help...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 8, Class 25.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 8, Class 25.Addressing the form of the Mashal in the words of Mikubal ר’ דן יוסף ז”ל where he makes it seem that the different Sfiros are like separate people (free will of their own) and the Tzemach Tzedek is compelled to clarify this להוציא דברים מגשמיותן.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Classes 30-33 the letters Pai through Kuff

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirty (Part One).The eight Pesukim of the letter פ”י are read inside, Pesukim 129-136.[The class is divided in two because it is too long to be uploaded at once].פלאות this is all about Dovid wishing for and reaching for רוח הקדש and/ or נבואה.This is the end of שכל התורה...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Nine.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Nine.The eight Pesukim of the letter עי”ן are read inside, Pesukim 121-128.The spirit of these 8 Pesukim is the need to keep the spirit (הנסתרות) and the body (הנגלות) of Yiddishkeit together.This is really quite obvious as the מאירי explains the words (פסוק קכ”ח) of כל פקודי כל the...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Eight.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) (ס) Class Twenty Eight.Today we did אות סמ”ך Inside, Pesukim 113-120.The key idea is סעפים which means duplicitous people.However often the duplicity isn’t wanton or deliberate (evil) it is just confused.Dovid speaks to the risks herein and thanks Hashem that he is spared this evil and prays for its eradication.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Six and Seven.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) (מ) Class Twenty Six.Today we did אות מ”ם Inside, Pesukim 97-104.מה אהבתי תורתיך how much does Dovid love the Torah!!מ”ה, לי, שיחהDovid’s love for Torah gets strength from many places: his enemies, teachers, every body who teaches anything. This love is seen even the ordinary every-day talk. Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020)...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 22-23.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 22.The other side of איליו ולא למדותיו is that even those who don’t need to be מכוין בשם because they are on the level of אין סוף, need to “lower themselves” to be מכוין בשם in order to bring G-dliness down.It’s like the Ruziner’s question of the Alter...

Yeshiva (short) version 5780 (Part Two).

Yeshiva (short) version 5780 (Part Two).The reason Adon Olom first talks of His Kingship, and then of His Omnipotence, is to establish that we don’t agree with His infinity, limiting Him to realms of perfection and infinity alone, (which means He has nothing to do with our world,) rather He is everything and great enough...

Mashcheini 5718, Classes Three and Four.

Mashcheini 5718, Class Three.Why is it necessary to have the נפש הבהמית to receive the Torah?Answer it has the advantage of תוקף of מדות which is above reason.Like מלאכים’s מדות טבעיים and the מדות טבעיים of people.This reaches higher than מוחין. Mashcheini 5718, Class Four.This fourth class asks why is there a need for בירור...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Five.

Kapital 119 (ל) (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Five.Today we did אות למ”ד Inside, Pesukim 89-96.Two types of eternity: 1) World (heaven and earth) 2) G-dliness, Neshamos, Torah etc.Dovid celebrates the eternity of creation (Heaven and earth) but then emphasizes how the divine eternity is so much higher and more complete.He also emphasizes that the growth...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 21.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 21.Parenthesis at the end of the Perek: another level of אליו ולא למדותיו, which is above the ספירות, the level of מסירת נפש like the prayer of Chana (Likutei Sichos vol 19 page 291 ff). This is so powerful that it needn’t have לכוין בשם.Example: there’s the גזירה...

Mashcheini 5718, Class Two.

Mashcheini 5718, Class Two.There’s the משכיני and the אחריך נרוצה on the יחידה level, as there is יחידה in קדושה and קליפה.Proof: Will above reason.The differences between the two יחידות:Kedusha is 1) attached to Hashem (the Source.) 2) It has one want while the יחידה נפש הבהמית has many wants מכפירים יחידתי.Why the need to...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 20.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 20.Today we read inside what we discussed yesterday about נקודות.We read the משל of approaching a King while he is in the אוצר for a נדבה versus when he is someplace else.

Adon Olom Yeshiva (short) version 5780 (Part One).

Adon Olom Yeshiva (short) version 5780 (Part One).This is an amazing meditation, it is more about Hashem (even than Yiddishkeit) than anything else.It has three parts that are not in a logical order1) King 2) Self 3) Relationship with usWhy this order.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Four.

Kapital 119 (כ) (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Four.אות כ”ף continued: The deeper understanding, (continued from the end of yesterday’s class) of these eight Pesukim, is that Dovid is all about Torah and G-d. And if his life doesn’t reflect that, (with overt Hashgacha) it is almost a חילול השם. And this is why he protests...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 19.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 19.This class, all lecture (no text,) is about the idea of נקודות and their connection to the עשר ספירות.We talked about טנת”א and what they each mean and how high the idea of נקודות are.The loftiness of the idea of כונות and where we do (or don’t) fit...

Lihavin Inyan S’firas HaOmer 5718, Class Three.

Lihavin Inyan S’firas HaOmer 5718, Class Three.נפש אלוקית and נפש הבהמית are the idea of משפיע ומקבל. Since this idea represents and is connected to ספירת העומר, there must be some of משפיע ומקבל in יציאת מצרים and קריעת ים סוף, (the first being primarily מקבל and the second being primarily משפיע.)We suggested that משפיע...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 18.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 18.Review questions about question of ממוצע.The קרבן נתנאל, the Tzemach Tzedek agreeing with him, and the change of heart later, cited by the Rebbe in the note in the back of the Slichos.The question of going to a Rebbe: 1) The old לשון in a פ”נ to include...

Lihavin Inyan S'firas HaOmer 5718, Class Two.

Lihavin Inyan S’firas HaOmer 5718, Class Two.The בירור המדות is each מדה as it has within itself all seven מדות.The Rebbe explains each of the seven מדות in חסד twice:1) In the נפש as a whole2) In the נפש האלוקיתThen in short he addresses the question of התכללות in the מדות of the נפש הבהמית.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty Two.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) (אות יוד) Class Twenty Two.In this אות יו”ד Dovid talks of his sin, those who wanted to paint him “שקר,” and how he fights against it with all he has.His measure are the “יריאיך” who once loved him, and who now distanced themselves from him, and he’s hoping that ישובו אלי...

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Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 7, Class 17.Continued Perek 7 inside.The difference between מלאכים and ספירות, still inasmuch as ספירות are מדות we are not permitted to daven to them ח”ו.The קרבן נתנאל’s concern and the צמח צדק’s concurrence and that he changed his mind.The Rebbe on Pidyonos (see enclosed pdf).

Kimei Tzeischa 5718, Class Four.

Kimei Tzeischa 5718, Class Four.In this part of the Ma’amar the issue of גילויים vs עצמות (or: the advantage of עולם הזה- עצמות vs עולם הבא- גילויים) is fully explored.Two models are introduced (in addition to the two concepts (גילויים vs עצמות) already discussed regarding משה רבינו):1) שמחה של מצוה has two ideas A. it...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty One.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty One.Perek (inside) [ט] Pesukim 65-72.Tov is the absolute reality and it is absolutely Good, but Dovid wants more; he wants טעמי תורה.He earned it with his “טוב לי כי עונתי” and his תמימות which causes the sinners to call him שקר.

Kimei Tzeischa 5718, Class Three.

Kimei Tzeischa 5718, Class Three.The difference between the meeting of land and sea at יציאת מצרים and how it will be לעתיד לבוא.The Mashal for קריעת ים סוף is like getting past the “limits” of the spoken words: 1) to an intelligent listener, 2) one idea and one word at a time, 3) limited intensity (air)...

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הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Seventeen (1).These four Pesukim (24-27) deal with rejoicing over the revelation of G-dliness in the world.ישמחו וגו is about A) יציאת מצרים and B) revelation of G-dliness within the world.The Goyim also call Him King (שמלכותו ברצון קבלו עליהם).This is connected to the fourth idea in RaMbaM about Moshiach. הודו...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 6, Class 15.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla, Perek 6, Class 15.Sorry about the recording quality1) Explaining “קנין” as it relates to the question of Hashem being אין סוף and having names as He enters כלים דאצילות.2) The אור never really changes though it goes “into” the Keilim and takes on its “גוון”.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twenty.Second introductory class to ט.3) Drawing Torah from the G-dly (כלל) to the intellectual (פרט) as indicated in the story of the בית יוסף and the effort he invested in חידושי תורה and subsequently it came easy to others.4) פנימיות התורה is אור but most people must go from darkness...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Nineteen.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) [ט-a] Class Nineteen.Letter ט needs more than one class (in spite of the promises) as this one deals directly with Torah (on the level of hard work).Two ideas (for today):1) Stories of Mesiras Nefesh for Torah and her understanding.2) Every question has an answer and every answer has a question, levels...

Vihecherim 5718, Class Four.

Vihecherim 5718, Class Four.This is a lecture on two of the ideas discussed in this Ma’amar:1) The issue of the removal of sea to allow the land to rise, which brings forward עפר, that הכל הי’ מן העפר, the power of יש מאין [for living things (כנלענ”ד ועצ”ע)] emerges.2) The issue of רב and תלמיד...

Short Class (Yeshiva 5780/ 2020)

Short Class (Yeshiva 5780/ 2020)Ma Tove…- Tzenius and sharing (two sides of a coin)ואני ברוב חסדך אבוא ביתיך… permission to enter into Hashem’s space.ואני תפלתי… עת רצון there are times to Daven.Four levels: 1) אהל and 2) משכן and 3) בית and 4) היכלThe meaning of the word “אני”.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Seventeen.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Seventeen.Perek (inside) (7) (ז) Pesukim 49-56This section involves Dovid suffering so much that his faith and trust are challenged, and he falls back on the promises made to him, the special Hashgacha he enjoys, and his ability to keep perspective. He has a long cheshbon, but one must not quit.There...

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Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 4, Class 12.Discussion about what we read inside yesterday.Question of נפעל vs. פעולה in Kabbalah (in our Perek he seems to speak ONLY of נפעל.)The reasons to assume that you can associate only the נפעל to Him (because what he says inside.)The reasons to assume that you can associate also...

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Emor (Yeshiva 5780) The Kehuna teaches that Torah doesn't believe in parity

Emor (Yeshiva 5780) The Kehuna teaches that Torah doesn’t believe in parity.The same old story: it’s not fair; why you and not me?The Torah teaches that we are different and have different roles.The “logic” behind this “lack of fairness” is what it motivates and inspires.Parity engenders mediocrity. There are many הבדלות (absolute boundaries) that Hashem...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Sixteen.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Sixteen.Perek (inside) (VaV) (6) Pesukim 41-48The point of these Pesukim is אמת (Truth tolerates no compromise)It is forever. never changes, extends from the highest heights to the lowest lows.The loneliness of Seeking Truth; The Alter Rebbe, The Kotzker, Hayom Yom במדת אמת ליעקבThe idea of חסד ואמת נפגשו and that...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Fifteen.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Fifteen.Perek (inside) (ה) (5) Pesukim 33-40.Theme: עקב heel in all of its ways:1) End of Yiddishkeit (little “details”)2) In time till the end of one’s life and till the end of time3) End of person- children4) Avrohom served him עקב years (wasn’t born righteous from the outset [like Moshe] and...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 2, Class 9.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 2, Class 9.The idea of the אלקות of כלים and the two opinions: רמ”ק and בעל שם טוב (See באתי לגני ה’תשכ”א).רמ”ק: the כלים are only אלקות when אור goes into them; accordingly there really is no difference between איהו וגרמוהי חד and איהו וחיוהי וגרמוהי חד.However the בעל שם...

Short class on הריני מקבל given at Yeshiva (during quarantine) in 5780.

Short class on הריני מקבל given at Yeshiva (during quarantine) in 5780.The Arizal introduced this.הרני מקבל in the morning and הריני מוחל at night are parallel.Three degrees:The Arizal: ובפרט אל החברים (people on his own level)The Alter: Rebbe to every Jew (but to his Soul)The Rebbe: to every Jew including his body and worldly possessions.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Fourteen.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Fourteen.Perek (inside) (ד) (4) Pesukim 25-32The theme here is נפש and תשובה.Dovid is being challenged (the story of אבשלום) and he’s asking to survive and thrive afterwards, as the בעל תשובה is meant to live after the תשובה.Connection between נפש and sin and Teshuva (יחידה).The בעל תשובה is falling apart...

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Al Shlosha Dvarim Haolom Omed 5714, Second Version, Class Three.Tefilla is למעלה עד אין קץ but it entails the idea of למטה עד אין תכלית also.Explanation from the story of רבי gathering ר’ חייא and his sons to Daven as שלוחי ציבור which was maximally effective in bringing change down into the physical world.There are...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 2, Class 8.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 2, Class 8.The ideas of נטיעות and נבדלים or אלקות and נבראים are introduced.The idea that אלקות isn’t אלוק ח”ו but it’s not נברא either; it is דביקות.The classic משל for this is אור.This explains ספירות and even שמות.

19-14. A Farbrengen, Parshas Kedoshim: Viyaraisa MaiElokecha (He knows the secrets)

19-14. A Farbrengen, Parshas Kedoshim: Viyaraisa MaiElokecha (He knows the secrets).This form is unique to this Parsha.One can only be properly careful about דברים המסורים ללב if there’s קדושים תהיו which means אתכפיא.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirteen.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Thirteen.Perek (inside) (ג] (3] Pesukim 17-24The theme of these eight Pesukim is עבד.The submission of eved affects:A) שמח נפש עבדיך his submission requires outside joy.B) תענוג העבד הוא תענוג האדון עצמו his Master’s (Hashem’s) joy is his, as his identity extends from his Father.He prays not to err and to...

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Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 2, Class 7.Inside (until the end of the Perek)Two points:A. Question of Achdus vis-a-vis S’firosB. The linking of the names of Hashem to the S’firos.Answer (to be continued in next class): S’firos are אלקות not נבראים and the אור is מעין המאור.This also explains that the שמות aren’t referring to...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 2, Class 6.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 2, Class 6.The second idea of להוציא דברים מגשמיותן applies to the ספירות and the שימות and is only an issue to the מקובלים.מלאכים say למה זה תשאל לשמי because they have no name of their own (no שם העצם) and when they change missions they change names. The question...

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Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twelve.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Twelve.Perek (inside) (ב) (2) Pesukim 9-16.The basic idea of these eight Pesukim is that we are dealing with נער.The upside is his alacrity, search for truth and willingness to take risks; the downside is his lack of דעת and קלות ראש and tendencies to talk too much and rush.He prays...

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UviRashei Chadsheichem 5738, Class Two.This class, (the beginning and end of the Ma’amar,) explains Musaf.Specifically there are two special יחודים on ראש חודש: A) יחוד יעקב ורחל and B) יחוד ישראל ורחל, but these two are similar (in השתלשלות) and above the two is יוסף, whose יחוד is achieved by going into מצרים.The Rebbe explains...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Eleven.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Eleven.Perek (inside) (1) “א” Pesukim 1-8.One needs Temimus to maintain the “Derech.”One must guard the עדות.This translates to care in סור מרע ועשה טוב.This connects us to פקודיך (Remembrance, counted.)Learning and reason vs higher than reason. חוקים and the reward.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 1, Class Four.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Perek 1, Class Four.Davening (in as much as it is a Mitzvah AND is connected to the 13 principles of faith) is for everyone.The need for special powers to Daven is only for ענינים כלליים גדולים.The idea of Davening on High is His answering our prayers.Perek 2.Krias Shma vs Shmone Esrei,...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Ten.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Ten.This class is on the last of the 13 “code” words of Kapital 119: Emunah.1) Loyalty, like ויהי ידיו אמונה עד בוא השמש [and והאמין בהוי’ ויחשבי’ לו צדקה] and ומצאת את לבבו נאמן לפניך2) From inside (born on top of the mountain rather than climbing from the bottom up)3)...

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Class Three.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Class Three.This is a review of the last class: Outer and inner ideas of Tefilla.Question of what can be and what cannot be a MitzvahThe idea that a מצוה כללית is above the level of מצוות פרטיות that correspond to the רמ”ח אברים ושס”ה גדים.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Nine.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Nine.This class is on two words:1) Orach, like Derechspecifically from the top down (שכר עבודה).2) Niflaos, has three ideas:A. Why do you ask my name (by Yaakov and Manoach and the Malach) and it is פליא a wonder; or, I don’t have a permanent name, my name is His name.B....

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Class Two.

Mitzvas Shoresh Mitzvas HaTefilla Class Two.Perek 1 (1).Three opinions about Davening:1) RaMbaM: everyday (once)2) RaMbaN: when you have an acute need.For these two opinions (see Likutei Sichos vol 29 page 185 ff).[3) Meiri: Dirabanan (see Likutei Torah Lo Hibit)Mitzvah Klalis (super-Mitzvah) and Mitzvah Pratis.Not Z’man Grama.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Seven.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Seven.This class deals with the word דבר (Davar).1) In Hebrew דבר means (both) a word and a thing.They are the דבר after קריאת שמע in the morning: “…אמת ויציב… הדבר הזה עלינו… ודבריו חיים וקיימים… דבר טוב וקיים באמת ובאמונה…”This is the word of Torah and thing of יציאת מצרים,...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Eight.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Eight.This class deal with the word אמירה (Amira)1) Soft; like כה תאמר לבית יעקב ותגד לבני ישראלStory of חפץ חיים “Shabbos Shabbos”In Aramaic the word for sheep is אימרא and sheep are considered creatures of רחמים like it is brought that even her bleat arouses compassion.2) Thought, as in (Chassidus)...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Six.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Six.This class deals with the one word: צדק, צדקה1) The idea of the Rebbe (ליקוטי שיחות חלק ב) that it means righteousness, not charity, because when we give, WE create parity in the world, which leads to the second point…2) The world was designed to have משפיע ומקבל (Givers and...

Rebbe's Kapital 119 (Short version)

Class One Introduction. Farbrengen hello. Class Two.Six words: 1) Derech 2) Torah, 3) Aidus, 4) Pikudim, 5) Chukim, 6) Mitzvah Class Three.Six more words: 7) Mishpatim, 8) Tzedaka, 9) Devarim, 10) Amiros, 11) Orach, 12) Niflaos

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Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 21. Shmone’ Esrei (continued.) is the idea of Chochma, intuition and sentiment that is not controlled directly, but is very dependent on the rest of one’s form and substance, which indirectly determines its credibility. This is the experience of Shmone Esrei.Not everyone merits this, so...

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Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 20.This class has a long introduction regarding the suggested adding of another Adar to ease the situation for so many Jews, which was rejected.This year we are Tzadikim so we must be healthy like Tzadikim. As far as the Ma’amar goes today we did two...

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Vihecherim Havaya 5713 Class Three. This class begins with a 20 minute discussion of the Tzimtzum of Dibbur (that hides) and machshava (that reveals a lower light and hides the truth).The events of קריעת ים סוף and the ideas of החרמת ים מצרים and the הנפת ידו על הנהר to split it correcspond to the...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 19.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 19. Pesukei Dizimra is a state of Avoda “limited” by serving Hashem within the parameters of one’s nature (personality) of the G-dly Soul (!!!) which doesn’t transform the “nature” of the animal Soul. Feelings and excitement for the good He does for me physically. This...

Vihecherim Havaya 5713 Class Two.

Vihecherim Havaya 5713 Class Two.This class is about Torah Chadasha of Moshiach which is on the level of ראי’ חושית which is literally like נבואה.It is higher than “objective” learning where on is separate from the subject he is studying; and it is also higher than subjective learning, which is true on higher levels, where...

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Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 18. The class has a few minutes on the current situation.The RaMbaM in Shmone Prakim (Perek 6) is discussed.חסיד vs כובש יצרוOn the other hand even the חסיד says אפשי when it comes to חוקים.This is how the Tzemach Tzedek expalins the Avodah of עבד...

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Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 16.The repeat of yesterday’s discussion about the idea of ביום ההוא יהי’ מצלות הסוס קדש להוי’ה and the Gemara (פסחים נ’, א) that this means expanding Yerushalayim until the distance a horse runs until midday, when the shadow is directly beneath the horse.The Nimshal of...

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Bayom Ashtei Asar Yom 5731, Class Three. In this third class the “פקחות” of the “פיקח אחד” are raised to entirely new levels, as he is preferring (not G-d versus Klipa, but) the Essence: Hashem to G-dliness!!!This is developed by a Ma’amar of the Alter Rebbe that describes a feast made by a king. There...

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Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 15. Introduction: if you can do good imperfectly (or wait till later) do it!! Because it’s here and is correctable later, as opposed to not doing it now and later it’s just not here.Example: Beginning of Iggeres HaTeshuva Perek 1 מצות עשה דוחה לא תעשה...

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Bayom Ashtei Asar Yom 5731, Class Two. This class on Perakim 2-6.It begins with the famous Mashal of the King who comes to town with his minsters, most people prefer to host the ministers but one uniquely smart one “פיקח אחד” says I want to host only the King “אנא נסיב מלכא לגבאי”There are four...

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VaAchaltem Achol 5738, Class Three. This idea (of ואכלתם אכול after Moshiach begins now; in the Midrash) זה קרבן אהרון- how אהרון (the Mivarer) is himself the Korban For anyone to be מברר another, they must be perfectly מבורר themselves already. This is the level of אהרון הכהן and he in his perfection elevates all...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 14.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 14. If the Master refuses to do Yiud (raise up the not completely worthy and deserving to Ruach HaKodesh [Atzilus]) the Neshama (of Briah) raises itself through “Katnus” words and letters.We’ll explain more in the next class.But this is also attributed to the אדון as...

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Bayom Ahstai Asar Yom 5731 Class One Bayom Ahstai Asar Yom 5731 Class Two. Bayom Ahstai Asar Yom 5731 Class Three.

VaAchaltem Achol 5738, Class Two.

VaAchaltem Achol 5738, Class Two. VaAchaltem Achol ןהללתם ארת שם הוי’ אלוקיכם אשר עשה עמכם להפליאThis class is on the beginning of the Ma’amar: ואכלת אכול what has already been eaten an fully digested and transformed (=the birur is altogether complete) will be eaten again and elevated again on a much higher level.The Rebbe explains...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 13.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 13. This is the second class on Yiud.Shlomo HaMelech is described in שמונה פרקים קרוב לסופו as being a Navi though he “wasn’t perfect”. I think this is a perfect Mashal for Yiud: a Neshama of Olom HaBeriah that is past it’s Teva and is...

Layehudim Haysa Orah 5738 (Purim) Class Two.

Layehudim Haysa Orah 5738 (Purim) Class Two.The idea of אורה which is both lower (נקבה) and higher (מאיר ומפעיל- the Source of light) than the idea of תורה אור and the two are (logically) connected; because we created our own Torah we reached the Source.The idea of יהודים affects תורה, יום טוב, מילה, תפלין not...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Five.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Five.5) חוקיםTo do all Mitzvos even the reasonable ones only because Hashem said, זאת חוקת התורה.Above reason, from the word חקיקה engraved the Yid and Yiddishkeit are one; as opposed to מצוה where there are two.6) מצוות; מצוהCommandment connotes one who instructs and one who is instructed and the instruction...

Why we fast Ta'anis Esther- a thought (5780/ 2020).

(5780/ 2020)Taanis Esther, Ratzoi; Purim, Shov (like Yom Kippur in reverse).

80 years 9 Adar

80 years, Tes Adar 5780America is no different, what it means.A Farbrenegen

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Four.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Four. (This class has a 20 minute introduction about 80 years from 9 Adar, you can skip past it if you chose to).4) פקודיםA. CommandmentsB. Counting, the two opposites of דבר שבמנין limited and not Bottul no matter what.C. Memory on a level where forgetting isn’t possible. D. Pregnancy, what...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 11.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 11. The level of Amma HaIvriah which is (Olom HaBeriah and) Mochin DiGadlus actually transforms the nature of the Animal Soul to G-dliness.In particular, each Yid has all three levels: Eved Kna’ani is נפש, Eved Ivri is רוח and Amma HaIvriah is נשמה.

YECHIDUS WITH STUDENTS OF HILEL 8 ADAR 5720 CLASSES, Class Three.

YECHIDUS WITH STUDENTS OF HILEL 8 ADAR 5720 CLASSES, Class Three. This class has a (very) long introduction about 7 Adar.The next question is about the Ba’al Shem Tov.He creates the link between each Yid and his inner (Neshama) Jew.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 10.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 10. Introduction to Amma HaIvriahthe level of מוחין דגדלותThe story of Reb Chayim Yonah who the Rabbeiim told to be הצנע לכת and whom the Rebbe RaShaB described as asking the kinds of questions that the Alter Rebbe’s Chassidim had.Normally: there is מיצר הגרון and...

YECHIDUS WITH STUDENTS OF HILEL 8 ADAR 5720 CLASSES, Class Two.

YECHIDUS WITH STUDENTS OF HILEL 8 ADAR 5720 CLASSES, Class Two.Two questions: 1) How are we to teach Yiddishkeit to others?A. Youthful certitude B. and being a living example2) Afterlife is real? good? or bad?A. it is real and you retain your identity from this life, the illustration from the law of conservation.B. The idea...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 8 - 9.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 8.This class is really only a note.The understanding of the two ideas of “טבע” of the Animal Soul and the G-dly Soul can be explained by the idea of קליפה on the one hand and the idea of the Neshama being called אלקות שנעשה נברא...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Three.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Three. Two more (of the 12) key words (in קי”ט) are explored in this class.2) תורה, there are several ideas here:A. אור light, changing nothing and changing everything.B. It represents the כלל (and אברים כלליים) of Yiddishkeit. C. מלשון הוראה there is no such thing as Torah which is altogether...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 7.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 7. Neshama of Yetzira is a Teva Neshama, both Teva of G-dly Soul and the Teva of Animal Soul.Loving G-d according to one’s personality is very great, but still Teva.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 6.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 6. Beginning of Eved Ivri: 1) Passions to Elokus, 2) Can have strong desires to Ta’ava, 3) The Teva of the Nefesh HaBahamis is the same.Who is this man?Both Tzadik (ViRa Lo) and a Beinoni, the key is he is Yetzira,וכפי שיתבאר לקמן.

Vikibel Hayehudim 5738 Class Two.

Vikibel Hayehudim 5738 Class Two. The idea of אתערותא דלתתא being advantageous compared to אתערותא דלעילא is explained with the מאמר ועתה אם נא מצאתי חם בעיניך ה’תשע”ח the question of חן being good (נא מצאתי חן) or bad (שקר החן) depends on the work that comes before.This is explained in terms of levels of...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 5.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 5. Another level of Eved Kna’ani is the Rasha (even the lowest Rasha) who is motivated by 1) רשעים מלאים חרטות and 2) מקיף of על כל בי’ עשרה שכינתא שריא.The issue that (it seems) he joins the two Reshaim of Tanya Chapter 11 into...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 4.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 4. This class continues the discussion on the Eved Kna’ani’s working without real interest.He is forced, but he does do it because of the force. We also compared it to the Good in the Nefesh HaBahamis of a Yid, that there’s the סור מרע without...

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Two.

Kapital 119 (5780/ 2020) Class Two.More on the content of the entire Kapital,The lines above the Perek in our Tehillim says it is about “Mussar and requests” that is so important it is worthwhile saying everyday in the beginning before Avodah.The Meiiri connects it to Torah, what one enjoys he talks about incessantly, and he...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 3.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 3.Introductory class (to explain the Avodas Hashem of an “Eved Knaanai” who is בהפקרא ניחא לי’ה).Two ideas of Teva (nature) and Tanya.1) The “Teva” of the animal Soul, that is contained by the will Hashem. Iow it has no natural inclination to sin (see Tanya...

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 2.

Derech Mitzosecha, Yiud And Pidyon Ama Haivriah Perek 1 Class 2.The three levels of Eved Kna’ani, Eved Ivri, Amma HaIvriah.עבד כנעני wants to be Hefker.עבד עברי like the מלאך מט”ט is called עבדאמה העברי’ה even higher than those two.All this will be discussed going forward IYH

Viaileh Hamishpatim 5738, Class 2.

Viaileh Hamishpatim 5738, Class 2. The lesson is teaching that Hashem gives Moshe says to start from the bottom:עבד כנעני he is either a רשע who is not motivated for good without fear עבדא בהפקרא ניחא לי’ה or (and) a בינוני. The idea that both a רשע and a בינוני are both עבד כנעני intrigues...

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 6 (26).

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 6 (26).End of Ma’amar: if as explained, Moshe is the one instructed to do כי תקנה עבד עברי why is it a Mitzvah (in the תרי”ג) for all of us?The answer: He does the same Mitzvos we do, so by taking an Eved Ivri we encourage Him to take US...

Hayom Yom 27 Tamuz, Class Two.

Hayom Yom 27 Tamuz, Class Two. The idea of being joyous about being criticized because we grow from it. The way one learns a Halacha of Kashering in Gan Eden. This great Chossid is made aware of his “Yeshus”, the idea of “Murgash” is introduced and proposed.This is corrected through fire, exceeding the limit so...

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 5 (25).

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 5 (25). The idea of Ratzon (end of Ein Sof) carrying Noam Hashem (as discussed in Tanya Iggeres HaKodehs 29) was introduced to explain בא בימים- בההוא נהורין עילאין.Mitzvos carry Ein Sof (through the garment of Mitzvos) to Asiya and pass by Atzilus (that begins the idea of limiting it)...

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 4 (24).

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 4 (24). Moshe is tasked to give Yidden Da’as in their mission.What IS the mission? שש שנים יעבוד ובשביעית יצא לחפשי חינם.Six thousand years of work Mitzvos Birurim, which is connected to the idea of בא בימים (as we’ll explain in the next class)And the seventh millennia is rest, no...

Basi Ligani (15 Shvat) 5738, Class Three.

Basi Ligani (15 Shvat) 5738, Class Three. Yisro’s admission עתה ידעתי כי גדול הוי’ מכל האלוקים explains the nature of this addition (that Torah now has Atzmus).First of all: above all (physical) Avoda Zara.Second of all: above the כוכבים ומזלות this means higher than the מלאכים that Hashem gave (מזלות) to each of the nations....

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 3 (23).

Eved Ivri Perek 3, Class 3 (23).The Malachim and Neshamos both are in need of Da’as and they both get theirs by working together at Kedusha.Thought- Neshamos, Speach- Malachim, Action- Neshamos down here.Malachim are created on Mondaty and on Thursday (ועוף יעופף).

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 13 (20).

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 13 (20).End of Perek 2, conclusion of discussion of why it is Moshe specifically who can give Yidden Da’as. Because he is from Da’as Elyon, to whom high and low are equal.He is Da’as without a Keli and as such can give Da’as to those who lack Kelim.This is the...

Derech Mitzvosecha Eved Ivri Perek 1

PDF for the Ma’amar (Derech Mitzvosecha) Eved Ivri (and Ama HaIvriah). Eved Ivri Perek 1, Class 1.This First class is an introduction.This is a case where the Chassidus helps explain the P’shat better than the P’shat does. Why does Mishpatim begin with the laws of Jewish slaves and maidservants?Answer: It is about Moshe being told...

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 12 (19)

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 12 (19) Da’as Elyon is when it isn’t like the RaMbaM. הוא היודע הוא הידוע הוא המדע עצמה the knowledge WITH כלים, but like knowledge without כלים, He doesn’t know, it is known automatically. There is no קדימה to the יודע over the ידיעה and ידוע on (either level קדימה...

Basi Ligani 5710 Perek 10 Class 3.

Class Three:We explore the idea of צבאותQuestion: why were Yidden of that generation (Neshamos of Atzilus) called צבאות.[But for us it is not only understood, but it is quite complimentary to be considered Hashem’s army]The first answer: Beauty from unity התכללות, in the lower worlds that is even a greater accomplishment. The second answer: because...

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 11 (18)

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 11 (18) After a three class discussion on Toarim, we concluded one (relevant) thing: the RaMbaM (in as much as he is a Choker, to whom Atzmus is Sechel) cannot escape the idea of Yodea, Yadua, Mada in (the equivalent of) Keilim, and as such there is before and after...

הודו להוי' קראו בשמו Class Eleven- Twelve.

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Eleven.This entire class is lecture we read no text.These four Pesukim are about The Yidden (and their covenant) in Galus.The issue: eternity vs living for the moment. They reveal how Yidden go from place to place and elevate sparks and then move on. The miracle (fundamentally) is of Jewish survival.When...

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 10 (17)

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 10 (17)Chakira being joined with Kabbalah beginning with the RaMaK and continuing into Chabad Chassidus.Why is the Achdus of Hashem and His Kochos only Atzilus?Answer: because in Chakirah Atzmus is Sechel, so unity isn’t like it is in Kabbalah at all.

Yehi Ratzon... Ahetazilaini...

Yeshiva (short) VersionYehi Ratzon… Ahetazilaini…This is a prayer asking to be protected from bad.1) If my day needs to be dark at least protect me from accidents.2) Protect me from the most subtle of challenges.Mashal: the original sin changed them from בלתי מורגש to מורגש.

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 8-9 (15-16)

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 8 (15). The idea of תוארים is introduced.1) He has whatever we have, because we have it from Him.2) But He is One, so all the attributes are part of His Oneness.3) The idea of הוא הידוע the world IS Him, so there is no ידיעה in anything outside of...

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 7 (14).

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 7 (14). 1) The idea of כי א-ל דעות הוי’ה, those are three things: 1) הוי’ה and 2-3) the two דיעות.2) Moshe is able to give us Da’as not because he has Da’as (i.e. is Atzlius) bu because he is Da’as Elyon, or Da’as of Iggulim, or (as we’ll see...

SHMOS, MEVORCHIM CHODESH SHVAT 5720, Class Three

Sicha One, Class Three. Page 276-8.Transforming evil to good is very difficult.The solution is Ahavas Yisroel, two Nefesh Elokis on one Nefesh HaBahamis.One family, according to Torah, with love.Only where there is principle is real love.

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 6 (13).

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 6 (13). Inside.Iggulim, revelation as the Etzem is, No Hishtalshelus.1st Mashal, the globe, no one falls as there are no sides.2nd Mashal when subconscious feeds conscious, no steps and no knowable process.אף על גב דאיהוט לא חזי מזלי חזי.

10. Basi Ligani 5720 Class Four.

10. Basi Ligani 5720 Class Four. 1) The second translation of צבאות is time. The idea that to be צבאות השם it must come into time, which is connected to tefilla.Specifically the unit of a “day”, because a day has a day and a night, and involves the Yetzer Tov and the Yetzer HaRa.Only then...

Vayedaber Elokim 5738 Class Two.

Vayedaber Elokim 5738 Class Two. Point Three: Torah is brought down through the total Bittul of Moshe Rabbeinu.The Avos (3 Middos) are after all יש מי שאוהב while Moshe is really ונחנו מ”ה.Avoda: after doing the three Middos (through Hisbonenus) we can all achieve the highest Bittul and be עבד מלך מלך and even מאן...

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 5 (12).

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 5 (12). This class was a lecture (no text) about Tohu (or: Gilui Mihus HaEtzem, or Nikudim) called “Iggulim”.The idea of Gilui vs Etzem and the dangers of Gilui HaEtzem.In Iggulim there is no Hishtalshelus, Moshe’s Neshama comes from there.

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 4 (11).

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 4 (11). Inside.1) From the Sefer HaTemuna: The idea of 50,000 Yovlos, and we are the second Shmitta of the first Yovel.The Arizl holds that all the years besides for our Shmitta are sipritual, and he is the פוסק אחרון for us in all matters of פנימיות התורה.The first Shmitta...

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 3 (10).

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 3 (10).Inside, Moshe is really from higher than Atzilus, this is what qualifies him to bring to us Da’as.He brings it to us and the Malachim when we Daven and particularly when we say Kedusha.

10. Basi Ligani 5720 Class Two.

10. Basi Ligani 5720 Class Two. This class is on Perek 3 of Basi Ligani 5720.The Rebbe continues his analysis of Perek 10 of the Freierdike Rebbe’s Ma’amar.Why (after explaining Dira BiTachtonim, revealing Atzmos (or Sovev)) does he speak of Hayosheves Baganim in it’s various interpretations?The Rebbe explains: this is tot each that Dira BiTachtonim...

הודו להוי' קראו בשמו Class Eleven.

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Eleven.This entire class is lecture we read no text.These four Pesukim are about The Yidden (and their covenant) in Galus.The issue: eternity vs living for the moment. They reveal how Yidden go from place to place and elevate sparks and then move on. The miracle (fundamentally) is of Jewish survival.When...

Eved Ivri, Perek 2 Class 2 (9)

Eved Ivri Perek 2, Class 2 (9). This class was a lot of reading inside.The topic was Atzilus vs the lower worlds, in a word the four worlds are: 1) Acceptance, 2) Nature (personality), 3) Mind (no personality constraints), 4) Merkava (chariot- Hashem rests on him).Atzilus isn’t a creation, it is merely revalation גילוי ההעלם...

Hama'avir Shiana (Short, Yeshiva)

Short Version of Hama’avir Shaiana… Hagomel… (Yeshiva 5780).This is not a Bracha for physical vision but for spiritual vision, the clarity to go through life, live in the world make a living (with Hashem’s kindness) and not stumble.We ask not to be tested, not to shame ourselves and affect Chilul Hashem, but to be a...

HAYOM YOM 25 TAMUZ

Hayom Yom 25 Tamuz, Class One.The two statements are a Mehus (Soul) and Metzius (Body) of a Yid’s Neshama.The Soul recognizes G-dliness, the body refuses (at all costs) to be separated from Him.This class addresses the idea that the Mehus (Soul) of the Yid knows what is above nature, she actually understands it.We discussed how...

DERECH MITZVOSECHA EVED IVRI PEREK 1 Class 6-7

Eved Ivri Perek 1, Class 6.Lecture: the idea of Birur has two approaches, each with a different problem:1) Birur from outside. you remain clean but you miss sparks.2) Birur by Hislabshus, investment. You miss nothing but you get dirty.The perfect Birur is בחכמה אתברירו when Chochma is mivarer (without any Hislabshus, but directly) it remains...

16. HABAIM YOSHREISH YAAKOV 5738 Class Two

Habaim Yashresh Ya’akov 5738 (Class Two).There are two Yeridso (descents) ירד ורדנו and two Aliyos (ascents) אנכי אעלך גם עלה they mean various things including the two major Galus and the two major Geulos (מצרים and לעתיד לבוא)These two are precursors to two “givings” of Torah Niglah and Nistar. Each Galus reflects the kind of...

Eved Ivri Perek 1, Class 5.

Eved Ivri Perek 1, Class 5.Moshe gives grass עש”ב to animals means bringing down from ע”ב to שדך which is מלכות דאצילות and then to בהמתך meaning the Neshaoms of the lower worlds (בי”ע).But he also gives the source of the three Middos חג”ת (i.e. the שי”ן in the middle of the word עש”ב), because...

Toras Menachem - Chanuka 5720 (Chanuka Gelt)

Chanuka Gelt 5720, Bochurim.Toras Menachem vol 27 page 253-6.The Chanuka candles are not allowed to be enjoyed, because they exist only for themselves. The lesson: learning Torah for no reason other than to learn.

Korach 1999 - Korach's Rebellion - #6

Korach 1999 – Korach’s Rebellion – #6

Korach 1999 - Korach's Rebellion - #5

Korach 1999 – Korach’s Rebellion – #5

Korach 1999 - Korach's Rebellion - #4

Korach 1999 – Korach’s Rebellion – #4

Why Do We Fast On Taanis Esther?

Everything you always wanted to know about Taanis Esther. Do we fast because Esther fasted? Not so fast! The answer is a little bit more complicated. This class provides inspiration for the fast and Purim as well.

Shemos 1999 - Jewish Refusal to Assimilate in Egypt

Maayan Chai Series Shiur on Parshas Shemos – including discussion of the yarzheit of the Rambam (20 Teves).

Korach 1999 - Korach's Rebellion - #3B

Korach 1999 – Korach’s Rebellion – #3B

Tu (15) B'Shevat Ma'amar on New Year for Trees

Rabbi Paltiel presents a ma’amar of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Tu B’Shvat that discusses the concept of the “New Year for Trees” in both Halacha and Chassidus (source: Melukat, Vol.5, p.169). This shiur was presented in Shevat 5768 (January 2008) at the… Women’s and Girls’ Beis Midrash and Seminary for Higher Learning Many thanks to...

Chof Beis (22) Shevat - Stories of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka

This is a talk from 2005 given on the occasion of the yarzheit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s wife – Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson (the daughter of the previous Rebbe). It is a collection of stories about her life and a discussion of the lessons to be drawn from them. The talk ends with a moving...

Vaeira 2006 - From Galus to Geula

The parsha deals with the plagues – as soon as the plagues started the slavery ended. This is the beginning of the geula from Mitzrayim (Egypt). This class continues our series of analysis of the first pasuk (line) of the parsha. Hashem is in the middle of talking to Moshe and then he starts talking...

Shemos 2005 - The Speech of Moshe

This class includes an analysis of Moshe Rabbenu’s difficulty speaking. Sources include Rashi, Rambam, Ralbag, and other classic commentaries followed by insights on the topic from Chassidus. This class was recorded on our old equipment and we apologize for the sound quality.

Korach 1999 - Korach's Rebellion - #3

This class begins the Korach sicha proper inside the text. We will (B’zras Hashem) prepare the entire series of classes on the sicha for on-line publication in the future.

Chof Beis (22) Shevat - Who Was She?

Chof Beis (22) Shevat – Stories of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka with a focus on who she really was as a person. A wonderful and uplifting shiur about a great Jewish woman and a role model.

Beshalach 2006 - Basi Legani Ch. 16

Beshalach 2006 – Basi Legani Ch. 16

Shemos 2006 - Introduction to Shemos and More

The shiur begins with an introduction to The Book of Shemos (the exodus process starts with a description of the exile and culminates in the building of the mishkan because the departure from galus is not strictly physical). The shiur then continues the regular series on analysis of the first pasuk. Sources include Rashi, Rabbenu...

Korach 1999 - Korach's Rebellion - #2

This class shows how the key element of the dispute between Korach and Moshe Rabbenu is actually the defining characteristic of Yiddishkeit.

Vayakhel 2006 - Thirteen Attributes of Mercy (2 of 3)

This is the second class in the three part series on the 13 Attributes of Mercy.

Veata Tetzaveh Overview - Easy Access

This is an overview of the ma’amar V’Ata Tetzaveh given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.¹ A key focus of the ma’amar is the role of a Rebbe and specifically the relationship between a Rebbe and Chassidim in our generation. The original pasuk (line) in the parsha Tetzaveh is “Ve’atah tetsaveh et-beney Yisra’el veyikchu eleycha shemen zayit...

Vaeira 1999 - Geula

Mayaan Chai Series – Vaeira Shiur

Shemos 2010 - Am Yisroel Growing in Galus

Shemos 2010 – Am Yisroel Growing in Galus The Pharoic government reaction to the Jewish population explosion in Egypt. Analysis of Shemos 1:12 “But the more [the Egyptians] oppressed them, the more [the Israelites] proliferated and spread. [The Egyptians] came to dread the Israelites.” (Vecha’asher ye’anu oto ken yirbeh vechen yifrots vayakutsu mipeney beney Yisra’el.)...

Insights on 15 Av from the Gemara

A class packed with information from the Gemara about the 15th of Av – a day of joy in the Jewish calendar. Intermediate level class.

Veata Tetzaveh Overview - Intermediate to Advanced

This is an overview of the ma’amar V’Ata Tetzaveh for intermediate to advanced listeners. It includes some of the same points in the easy access overview plus much more in a shorter shiur (34 minutes). It is fast paced in a beis medrash style.

Hayom Yom 22 Tamuz (Class 2)

(Class 2):This Class has an introduction about the upcoming 19 Kislev, the Farbrengen and the traditions.The connection between this introduction and our Hayom Yom is the idea of Avoda, the basis for the “light” of Chassidus is the work.There’s the Work (Avoda) and the light (the Ma’amar Chassidus) that follows the work.This entry speaks to...

Minui Melech Perek 2, Class 17

Class Seventeen: this continues the previous class. Dovid has the Kesser (crown) of Malchus, this makes it truly his, no one else could really have had it. Yet Shaul had to come first, like Yosef then Yehuda, first Talmud and then Maaseh, first Giluyim and then Atzmus. Shaul was higher but it (realistically) wouldn’t be...

הודו classes continue

הודו להוי’ קראו בשמו Class Eight. This class explores Pesukim 5-7. The beginning of what Hashem does for Yidden, זכרו נפלאותיו אשר עשה מופתיו ומשפטי פיהו three different types of miracles, the greatest of which is the miracle of the (world following the) Torah משפטי פיהו. It reaches great Jews who are his servants ישראל...

Minui Melech Perek 2 Class 16

Dovid’s Malchus was his essence, no one could have been the kind of king he was. The Mashal of Yosef and Yehuda, the latter is Bittul. 

Minui Melech Chapter 2, Class 15

Class Fifteen: Yosef gave Dovid 33 years, they represent two ideas: the intellect (connected with the world) (30) and the emotions (7). The 37 years of Dovid are (in a real way) the most important for the actual governing the people, even more than the years of Avrohom and Ya’akov. All aspects of his person...

Mitzvas Minui Melech, Perek 2, Class 14

Class Fourteen: Ya’akov gave Dovid 28 years, this is the idea of Tiferes. Because the 28 are the מילוי ומילוי דמילוי of שם הוי’ה. The Milui has a higher source than the name itself, thus the כח אדנ”י is higher than אדנ”י itself. The Mashal of Moshe bentching Hashem to add crowns to the Torah’s...

Minui Melech Perek 2, Class 13

Class Thirteen: Yitzchok and Dovid are Hard judgement (Yitzchok) and soft judgement (Dovid), but in this Ma’amar soft judgement is harder than hard judgement because it is a different world (BiY”A) that cannot handle the judgement. Avrohom gives Dovid 5 years, kindness, so he can live.

Mitzvas Minui Melech, Perek 2 Class 11, 12

Class Eleven: Continuation from Class Ten, losing years because of leap MiMhus LiMhus. Class Twelve: Gevura (fire, dissection) and Chessed (water, dilution and adhesion). Dovid as a King is Gevura and he therefore doesn’t get years from Yitzchok.

Vatetzei, Another Parsha on Child-Rearing

Vatetzei, Another Parsha on Child-Rearing (Yeshiva 5780/ 2019) Yitzchok has two sons in Eretz Yisroel and only one is a Tzadik, Yaakov has twelve children in Choron and they are all righteous. Children are perhaps most affected by their parents work ethic even more than the parents involvement with them. Dina, Rochel’s sacrifice, and more.

Birchas Hashachar 2-6 in one Class Yeshiva

Yeshiva Brachos 2-6 In one class. The inner meaning of each of these Brachos 2) Really Seeing 3) Untying knots 4) staanding upright 5) wearing layers, guarments 6) Strenght for what is truly hard.

Mitzvas Minui Melech, Perek 2, Class Four

Class 10: This (oral lecture) explores the question of why Adam and the Avos lose the years they give to Dovid. It was explained based on the Tanya Chitas (בהשגחה פרטית) of today (ד’ כסליו) that Gashmitus holds Atzmus better tah Ruchniyus, because it is Maavir MiMhus LiMhus. The explanation involved explaining 1) Sechel 2)...

Minui Melech Perek 2 Class 3

Class 9: Dovid got 70 years from adam which are the level of Chochma Ila’a removed from Chochma associated with world. It happened by Kesser entering into Adam so that (by going higher) he was able to come lower. He therefore got 70 more from Avrohom (5) Ya’akov (28) and Yosef (33) that are closer...

16. Habaim Yoshreish Yaakov 5738

Habaim Yashresh Ya’akov 5738 (Class One).The basic question: the Possuk is about Liasid, how can the Possuk say that Liasid first begins the Yatzitz Ufarach Yisroel?Answer: It is referring to the entire time from the entry into Mitzrayim until Moshiach comes. It’s one long ירידה צורך עלי’ה.Also, there needs to be the earth in which...

Hanosain Lasechvi Bina Lihavchin (short version Yeshiva 5780)

Short Version (Yeshiva 5780/ 2019) Thank G-d for alarm clocks, Thank G-d we can navigate even the darkness itself.

Likutei Sichos Vol. 13 Pg. 85

Class 1: Intro, go over possukim inside. Class 2: Questions based on text. Why doesn’t Rashi Comment like Rambam does about 4 doubles in Bilam’s last nevuah? Class 3: Cont. Class 4: Summary of questions. Essence of answer according to Rashi. The End means not now. Class 5: What does “star” allude to? Rashi-Mazal Rambam-King....

Purim Katan 5752 (5776/ 2016)

Story of Adar 1 5772, and overview of this very important Ma’amar.  

Achdus 112

Perek 5 (2). The idea of His greatness is His humility. Letters are the building blocks of all creation, diversity is a product if the various possible formations of

24. Bayom Ashtei Asar Yom 5731 (Ma'amar of 11 Nissan) (Muga)

Bayom Ashtei Asar Yom 5731 PDF Bayom Ashtei Asar Yom 5731, Class One.This class includes Perek 1, 10, 11, 12, 13 of the Ma’amar.The questions are raised (in the beginning) and resolved (in the end). Which comes first, Yidden’s choosing Hashem? or Hashem’s choosing Yidden? and the answer… His choosing Yidden allows Yidden to choose...

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Rosh Chodesh Shvat and its meaning

Rosh Chodesh Shvat is 1) the day the Rebbe wrote the letter about the Yahrtzeit 10 Shvat (it was a sign of Nesius). 2) The day Moshe translated the Torah in 70 languages and the implications from this are forever.

Likutei Sichos vol. 26 page 59 ff.

, CLASS ONE: Going out of Mitzrayim brought the Yidden freedom, not by losing their Egyptian masters, but by becoming servants of Hashem. Thus the Mitzvos complete the exodus, and the first to be given and recorded is Kiddush Hachodesh and Ibbur Shanim. There is something special about this Mitzvah. It makes three points about...

Class Two.

inside, traveling with Hashem in the מדבר going quickly but not too quick. It takes longer than planned.

(5777/ 2017) ואתה תצוה ה'תשמ"א בלתי מוגה

This one class encompasses the entire unedited version of this מאמר Four points: 1) ואתה תצוה in this case משה is the point: to strengthen אידישע אמונה and internalize it. 2) ויקחו אליך causing an עלי’ה in Moshe, who grows in humility as a result of this new relationship, with another (lower) generation. 3) כתית...

23 Tamuz Hayom Yom

Hayom Yom 23 Tamuz.The custom regarding what to read Shabbos Mincha, Monday, and Thursday mornings when Masei is separate from Mattos.About customs and the Rebbe.

24 Tamuz Hayom Yom

Hayom Yom 24 Tamuz, Class One.Asking for a Bracha for matters of Avoda is laziness.This idea is supported and challenged from stories and Sichos.There is a place for Brachos, but (perhaps the idea is) not to ask for them.

22. Vikibel Hayehudim 5738

Vikibel Hayehudim 5738 Class One. This class encompasses almost all of the Ma’amar.The idea is that Purim, (one of our lowest points in history,) could be higher and be the conclusion (קיום) of what started at Har Sinai, (the highest point in our history.) The ideas of 1) Personal work (rather than from above) and...

Class 26

Free Choice (listen or download at link below) Berachot 10a-2

Class 25

Can Hashem Make Us Good? (listen or download at link below) Berachot 10a-1

Class 24

A 5 Step Program (listen or download at link below) Berachot 15a

Class 23

A Prince and A Shepherd (listen or download at link below) Berachot 34b

Class 22

Spiritual Pregnancy (listen or download at link below) Berachot 28b

Class 21

Egyptian sparks. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 9a: 1

Class 20

The Fourth Dimension (listen or download at link below) Brachot 8a

Class 19

The Purpose of Suffering. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 7a: 4

Class 18

G-d’s prayer. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 7a : 3

Class 17

Moshe’s mysterious request. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 7a : 2

Class 16

The shortest curse word. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 7a : 1

Class 15

Hashem’s Mitzvos (listen or download at link below) Berachot 6a: 3

Class 14

Thought and action. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 6a : 2

Class 13

The divine power of justice. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 6a : 1

Class 12

Taking the law into one’s own hands. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 5b : 2

Class 11

The power of a handshake. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 5b

Class 10

The divine double edged sword. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 5a : 2

Class 9a

Angels and Souls (listen or download at link below) Berachot 5a : 1

Class 9

The meaning of suffering. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 4b : 1

Class 8

An unfulfilled prophecy. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 4a : 2

Class 7

The unabated sense of unworthiness of the tzaddik. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 4a : 1

Class 6

Building a Beis Hamikdosh on the altar of Jewish blood. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 3b

Class 5

The deeper meaning of ‘omein yehey shmey rabboh’ (listen or download at link below) Berachot 3a

Class 4

A recipe for spiritual growth. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 2a : 4

Class 3

How can a donkey cry ‘shma’? (listen or download at link below) Berachot 2a : 3

Class 2

How to commit oneself to Hashem in times of darkness. (listen or download at link below) Berachot 2a : 2

Class 1

Why does the first Mishnah begin with ‘mem’? (listen or download at link below) Berachot 2a : 1

Class 2

The Bride As She Is — Ketubot_16b

Class 1

A Tug of War Between Body and Soul — Ketubot 104a

Class 3

The Meaning of Truth

Class 2

Who Built the Ark

Class 1

“Human Bonding”

class 4

One Who Adds Detracts

Class 3

Great Oratory Skills

Class 1

Chutzpah

Class 2

A Slave of Slaves

Class 2

The Paradox of Kingship — Sotah 41b

Class 1

Seeing Evil in Others

Class 4

Walking On The Edge – Chulin_37b

Class 3

The Wolf And The Lion – Chulin_42a

Class 2

Tzadikim Control Nature – Chulin_7a

Class 1

Creating Angels – Chulin_7b

Class 5

Class 5 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 3, Mishnah 3b

Class 4

Class 4 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 3, Mishnah 4

Class 3

Class 3 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 3, Mishnah 3a

Class 2

Class 2 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 3, Mishnah 2

Class 1

Class 1 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 3, Mishnah 1

Class 5

Class 5 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 2, Mishnah 6, 7, and 8

Class 4

Class 4 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 2, Mishnah 4 and 5

Class 3

Class 3 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 2, Mishnah 3

Class 2

Class 2 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 2, Mishnah 2

Class 1

Class 1 – Chapter 2 of Brachot, Part (Perek) 2, Mishnah 1

Class Seven

Chapter 3b

Class Six

Chapter 3a

Class Five

Chapter 2

Class Four

Chapter 1b

Class Three

Chapter 1a

Class Two

Chinuch Katan

Class One

Chinuch Katan

28. Bichol Dor Vador 5738

Bichol Dor Vador 5738 Class One.This Ma’amar will be divided into two classes:Class one the meaning of Mitzrayim.There are two broad categories of what is מצרים, but they’re in two more basic categories:Category One: מצרים means narrowness and limitation. 1) The physical and spiritual limitations we must overcome. 2) The idea of מיצר מי the...

Three Talks on Chinuch ideas questions and answers, going into the 5721 (2020-2021) School year

Talk one.Given to teachers over zoom ideas about dealing with the Chinuch now (in general and after quarantine especially). Talk Two. Educating the children and Moshiach and faith and Temimus, sincerity, Talk Three.Questions and answers, some opinions and thoughts. This talk is a bit more informal feeling which is nice.  Also it is a more...

Maamar Veaata Titzave 5752.

This Ma’amar was the most recent edited and distributed by the Rebbe (less than two weeks before his Stroke L”O). The content of this incredible discourse speaks volumes about our predicament at the moment and what is expected of us. Click here for all related material.

30. UviRashei Chadsheichem 5738 (Hemshech to Kimei Tziascha) a Rosh Chodesh Ma'amar.

UviRashei Chadsheichem 5738 (Hemshech to Kimei Tziascha) Class One.Introduction: What is Mussaf? above Histalshelus.The mention of יציאת מצרים even after Moshiach some is due to some unique property of the initial Geula: the struggle!This will be special even then. Why Yidden ran away and won’t run when Moshiach comes. UviRashei Chadsheichem 5738, Class Two.This class...

31. Lihavin Inyan Pesach Sheni 5738 (Mugga)

Lihavin Inyan Pesach Sheni 5738This class makes Iyar higher than Nissan, and Pesach Sheini higher than Pesach Rishon.There are four ideas: 1) Iskafia, this is the “escape” from Mitzrayim in Nissan, birur Milmata LiMaala.2) Ishapcha, this is in Iyar during Sefiras HaOmer when we transform our character, Birur MilMaala Limata; This is the level of...

Tzitzis, a class given at Yeshiva Achei Tmimim (5780/ 2020) on Parshas Tzitzis

Tzitzis, a class given at Yeshiva Achei Tmimim (5780/ 2020) on Parshas TzitzisParshas Tzitzis entails the Mitzva of Tzitzis, which includes 1) a בגד and 2) פתילי לבן white threads and 3) תכלת blue threadsThese three represent 1) סוכ”ע and 2) ממכ”ע and 3) ממלא שממלא.The last is so precise that it doesn’t apply in...

Overview of Vaata Tetzaveh

This is an overview of the ma’amar V’Ata Tetzaveh given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.¹ A key focus of the ma’amar is the role of a Rebbe and specifically the relationship between a Rebbe and Chassidim in our generation. The original pasuk (line) in the parsha Tetzaveh is “Ve’atah tetsaveh et-beney Yisra’el veyikchu eleycha shemen zayit...

In four classes (5769)

Class One. Perakim 1-4. Class Two. Review and Perakim 5-6. Class Three. Perakim 7-9. Class Four. Perakim 9-10.

In six Classes (5767)

Class One. Class Two. The Moshe Rabbeinu/Rebbe idea. Class Three. Cont. Moshe Rabbeinu gives Daas. Class Four. Mordechai was a Rebbe. The inner and outer dimensions. Mesiras nefesh reveals the Yechida itself. Class Five. Mordechai cont. After the ness of Purim Mordechai’s role changed: to arouse in Yidden a desperation for Geula that is (also)...

Questions (5772).

Overview of Veatta Tirzave’. Understanding the Maamar has to do with seeing the questions and seeing how the questions transfer us from Moshe Rabbeinu on the first level to the second and finally to the third level.

V'Ata Tetzaveh Text Based 5778-2018 in eight classes

V’Ata Tetzaveh Text Based 5778-2018 [Class 1] This class discusses the first question of the Ma’amar why it says Viatta Titzaveh, which is an unusual form. The answer is also given. It is about Moshe connecting Yidden to Hashem. This class includes chapter 11 where the Rebbe explains that the “Viyikchu Ailecha” enhances the Viatta...

New Long Version 5774 in fifteen classes

Class One. The Questions, including the unwritten one. In this case it is not about the message that Moshe gives us, but about the messenger (Moshe) himself. Class Two. 1) Viata Titzaveh (in this case) means to connect Yidden to the Ein Sof, 2) Moshe’s reward: Viyikchu ailecha, he rises to the level of ‘Anochi’...

36. Moshe Kibel Torah MiSinai 5738

Moshe Kibel Torah MiSinai 5738, Class One.The idea of Torah being a gift from Hashem to us, so why does it say Moshe Kibel rather than Hakadosh Baruch Hu Nasan?Answer: because only Moshe could get the Torah.He is Chochma and can get and hold the Ohr and Sechel of Torah in its entirety.This is explained...

14. VeAvdi Dovid 5747.

Yehuda and Yosef are two worlds. In the beginning Yosef was superior but in the end Yehuda will be. Talmud (Torah) and Maase (Mitzvos). Now Mitzvos are for birurim and need Torah. When birurim finish Mitzvos will be for bittul and won’t need Torah.

25. Balaila Hahu 5746.

This is the classic Purim maamar. The Yidden were in Golus that is compared to sleep. Yidden’s Mesiras Nefesh “roused” Hashem (kvayachol) from His sleep. The reason the waking up is the miracle [and not the Yidden’s mesiras nefesh which aroused it] is because it’s a miracle within nature. Hashem was still “sleeping” in Golus...

22. Mashcheini 5718

Mashcheini 5718, Class One.Second Ma’amar in the Hemshech. The last one explained the three steps in lower levels of the Neshama:1) משכני is יציאת מצרים arousing “only” the נפש האלוקית.2) אחריך נרוצה arousing the נפש הבהמית through involvement of the נפש האלוקית with her.3) הבאני המלך חדריו is מתן תורה where the two Neshamos join...

20. Kimei Tzeischa 5718

Kimei Tzeischa 5718, Class OneSecond Ma’amar in a Hemshech.The first one spoke (only) of Giluyim (3 levels of הוי’ה) this one adds and focuses on עצמות.The three הויות the מאמר speaks of bring together opposites with the כח of עצמות the גילויים are greatest after Moshiach comes, but the עצמות that brings together the opposites...

41. Ki Merosh Tzurim 5738

Ki Merosh Tzurim 5738, Class One.Yidden don’t only have holy roots, but whatever their ancestors possessed they inherited.Additionally whatever they have down here is rooted on high.כי מראש צורים ומגבעות are the levels of Chochma and Bina which then come down through the Middos and Malchus to the lowest worlds.The greatest thing, is for what...

Gimmel Tammuz Fabrengen - 2009

An inspirational fabrengen for Gimmel Tammuz (2009) or any time you need spiritual uplift MP3

14. Vihecherim Havaya 5713

Vihecherim Havaya 5713 PDF Vihecherim Havaya 5713 Class One.Yetzias Mitzrayim was so that we could get the Torah.Mattan Torah was the total ביטול הגזירה that אצילות should shine in the lowest worlds including ours, Krias Yam Suf is like the Chinuch (preliminary, short termed introduction) to this.He explains how Malchus separates, the Mashal used is...

Class One Hundred and Thirty Three, (in 2 parts) Likutei Sichos vol 31 p 85 ff. The Manna and Shabbos- total rest.

Class One Hundred and Thirty Three, (first of 2 parts) Likutei Sichos vol 31 p 85 ff. The Manna and Shabbos- total rest.Lecture (with no text).This class discusses the side of Shabbos and the Manna which explains the idea of pure rest and the divine pleasure of this.And how this is not nothing or worse...

Class One Hundred and Thirty Five, The Chumash: "Manna must be saved to remember".

Class One Hundred and Thirty Five, The Chumash: “Manna must be saved to remember” (Part One).[There’s no Sichos available so we are learning these ideas streight from the Chumash].The Manna was eaten for 40 years, it wasn’t exactly 40 but it was…A bit of a description of what the Manna was like. Imagine knowing that...

Reb Zushe'.

Today is the Yahrtzeit of Reb Zushe’ one of the disciples of the holy Maggid and a dear friend of the Alter Rebbe.

Va'aira, is about "Knowing Hashem" (Yeshiva 5780).

Va’aira, is about “Knowing Hashem” (Yeshiva 5780).1) The Makkos aren’t (by any means) just to get us out of Egypt, there are much easier ways to accomplish that.They are to educate Yidden, the Mitzriim and the entire world about Havaya (G-d above nature).The miracles in the Parsha are there for all of history, as far...

10 Teves we fast for Ezra (5780)

Asara BiTeves we fast for the passing of Ezra (on 9 Teves).Why Ezra?Some suggestions.He really is one of the most important Jews ever.

Vayera 18 21.

Airda Na. What is the meaning of this (and all) anthropomorphic allusions to Hashem?

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020)

Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class One.1) RaMbaMJust how important is the Bris Mila, it separates us from others and thirteen Brisos were written in regards to it2) MidrashThe Bris corrects an inexactitude in the “perfect body” G-d made, the controversy regarding this is self-evident. Bris Mila (Yeshiva 5781/ 2020), Class Two.The Rambam (More NIvuchim...

45. Hashamayim Kisii 5738

Maamar HaShayim-Kisi-5738“Shamayim” (Heaven) is Hashem’s chair and the “Aretz” (Earth) is Hashem’s footstool.  What does this mean? Heaven is like a chair which brings Him down to the worlds.Earth is like a footstool that raises the world up to Him.Spiritually this is Torah (heaven) and Yidden (earth).However each of the two are the (collective) purpose...

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Class #2

on Iggeres HaTeshuvah – Chapters 4 to 6 are covered. Full description coming soon.

Class #3

on Iggeres HaTeshuvah – Chapters 7 to 12 are covered. Full description coming soon.

Class # 1

This first class on the Iggeres HaTeshuvah introduces the third book of the Tanya, describes teshuva according to the Alter Rebbe’s definition, how teshuvah is related to fasting, and ends with the mystical concept of returning a displaced “hey” (the 5th letter in the Hebrew alphabet) to its correct place through the process of teshuva.

Class Sixteen

This is the final class in the letters in the Iggeres HaKodesh Letters 31 and 32 are presented.

ViShuchat Oso; Yeshiva (5781/ 2021) Version.

ViShuchat Oso; Yeshiva (5781/ 2021) Version. Shechita means to lift up; slaughter animal raise up the “man”.

Parshas Teruma - Topic Luchos Part Three.

Parshas Teruma – Topic Luchos Part Three.Two Final Points: If the first Luchos arent broken…1) There would not be forgetfulness [in Torah]2) There would be no need for Torah ShaBaal Peh, which (like all things) is both good and bad.Special focus on Luchos and the relationship to awareness of mind and the effect on memory. ...

Introduction to Ketores.

Short Yeshiva (5781/ 2021) Version, Class One, Introduction to Ketores.1) Ketores means Kesher- connection, more than Karbanos; three fires: Mizbeach (war) Menorah (peace) Ketores (Oneness).2) The number 11 is associated with Klipa, or alternatively, Atika Kadisha, both ideas are present in the Ketores: the only “non-Kosher” in the entire Beis HaMikdash, elevating even this darkness...

10 Shvat 5721, Sicha 2 (Class Three- Four); Class Five- Six.

10 Shvat 5721, Sicha 2 (Class Three); Class Five.Melave Malakh happens after Shabbos ends and we return to “Chol”- the ordinary; this brings “Techiyas HaMeisim” giving life to the ordinary.The Rebbe’s letter to Rabbi Gringlaz about his work and Techiyas HaMeisim, 10 Shvat 5721, Sicha 2 (Class Four); Class Six.Bringing life to the ordinary (continued)Viyiten...

Mizmor Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Four.

Mizmor Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Four.Chanukas HaBayis celebrating Yechida: from far but a powerful Makif.Mizmor vs Shir. Keli and Ohr, Malachaim and Neshamos; advantage of Neshama’s song.Dovid HaMelech, who was he, great and greatly humble.Meaning of Dovid singing about Yechida (Hodaa).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 7-8; Sicha 2 (Class 5), Sicha 3 (Class 1).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 7; Sicha 2 (Class 5).Toras Menachem vol. 30 page 61-63.(Time: 28:34) Inside reading of the Rebbe’s comments on the post Shabbos prayer “V’yiten Lecha”, and how it is connected to Malave Malkah. Two interpretations, one speaks of Torah and the other speaks of Material blessings and they are ONE in these words, to...

Ketores Classes 2-3 (5781/ 2021, Yeshiva).

אתה הוא… קטרת (Yeshiva 5781/ 2021).The prayer before saying Ketores each day (even when Tachanun is not said.Ketores connects us to Hashem where there is no sin at all.Ketores is about Oneness.Moshe is called a Navi here, why. פרשת הקטרת: ןיאמר ה’ אל משה קח לך סמים… ובהעלות אהרון את הנרות יקטירנה (Yeshiva Version, 5781/...

Hachodesh (2) 5737, This is a Parshas HaChodesh Ma'amar, Class Two.

Hachodesh (2) 5737, This is a Parshas HaChodesh Ma’amar, Class Two.Yetzias Mitzrayim is connected to a divine revelation: a very powerful G-dly light that empowered us to be free (which is far more difficult than simply getting the Egyptian masters out of the way). נגלה עליהם מלך מלכי המלכים הקדוש ברוך הוא וגאלם.The Keli for...

10 Shvat 5721, Class 10; Sicha 3 (Class 3).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 10; Sicha 3 (Class 3).Knowing where one’s Hisorerus comes from matters.When you realize that it is all from outside of you (from heaven) you’ll work to make it your own because in and of itself it will pass.

Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Five (1-2) and Class Six (1-2) .

Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Five (1).1st and 2nd Possuk, the Bittul of Dovid is the source of his greatness;ארוממך “lowering Hashem to be above us”. Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Five (2).3rd- 6th Possuk.הוי’ אלוקי וגו’ ותרפאני healing like Teshua; also weakening the animal Soul.הוי’ העלית משאול… בור even in punishment the...

Vikacha Tochlu Oso 5737 (this is a 11 Nissan/ Pesach Ma'amar), Class Two.

Vikacha Tochlu Oso 5737 (this is a 11 Nissan/ Pesach Ma’amar), Class Two.This class discusses the idea that כי לא בחפזון תצאו ובמנוסה לא תלכו… במנוחה ונחת תושעון כי הולך לפניהם הוי’ה when Moshiach comes there will no longer be a need for haste.The Geula will be 1) “day”-like (permanent) 2) and from הוי’ה Himself,...

Kimei Tzaisecha 5737 (Acharon Shel Pesach, cont. Hemshech from 11 Nissan) Class Two.

Kimei Tzaisecha 5737 (Acharon Shel Pesach, cont. Hemshech from 11 Nissan) Class Two.Although there is no haste (חפזון) Liasid, they will still look back at what was.Accordingly, there will still be all three ideas (linked to haste) that were needed by the original Yetzias Mitzrayim.מתנכים חגורים Emuna has so many levels, whatever level you know...

Kapital 120 short version (5781/ 2021), Beis Midrash Linashim Ubanos 770

Kapital 120 (5781/ 2021), Short Version (Class 1) Given on 11 Nissan, Beis Midrash LiNashim UBanos 770.In this (the first of two classes) we read and explained the Perek inside simply.In a word: Lashon HaRa is a bad thing. Kapital 120 (5781/ 2021), Short Version (Class 2) Given on 11 Nissan, Beis Midrash LiNashim UBanos...

פרשת הקטרת: ויאמר ה' אל משה קח לך סמים... ובהעלות אהרון את הנרות יקטירנה (Yeshiva Version, 5781/ 2021) Class Two.

פרשת הקטרת: ויאמר ה’ אל משה קח לך סמים… ובהעלות אהרון את הנרות יקטירנה (Yeshiva Version, 5781/ 2021) Class Two.We read the first two Pesukim of this paragraph, stopping and exploring certain aspects of it in greater detail.Among them is:1) ויאמר ה’ אל משה the use of אמירה rather than דיבור here needs explaining, in...

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Six.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Six.Ma’amar and Biur (story of Reb Yekusiel Lieplier)#Storynote :  0:34 – 22:35 Yekusiel Lepler’s Life StoryThe Biur of this Ma’amar about Simcha (and Bittul) begins here.Maamar Inside begins 22:38Simcha and Chassidus, differences between attitudes and beliefs of the Misnagdim and the Chassidim. Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two,...

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Seven.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Seven.The Ma’amar was read inside: 1) עבדו את השם בשמחה and 2) תחת אשר לא עבדת את השם אלוקיך בשמחה ובטוב לבב וגו’ ועבדת את אויביךThe Simple meaning and the Pshat of the RaMbaM and the Arizal, Joy is critical and basic.The fact that the lack of joy...

10 Shvat 5721, Class 11-12; Sicha 3 (Class 4-5).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 11; Sicha 3 (Class 4).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 65-66.Mention of 25 Adar, the birthday of the Rebbetzin and the world according to Rav Yehoshu ben Chanania (Tzadik).Knowing where one’s Hisorerus comes from matters.When you realize that it is all from outside of you (from heaven) you’ll work to make it...

פרשת הקטרת: ויאמר ה’ אל משה קח לך סמים… ובהעלות אהרון את הנרות יקטירנה (Yeshiva Version, 5781/ 2021) Class Three.

פרשת הקטרת: ויאמר ה’ אל משה קח לך סמים… ובהעלות אהרון את הנרות יקטירנה (Yeshiva Version, 5781/ 2021) Class Three.We read the last three Pesukim of this Paragraph.Mix it well, until many becomes one.ממולח טהור קדש blended unified and holiness is added on top.Ohel Moed- where we meet Hashem.The difference between the morning Menorah and...

Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Seven (1-2).

Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Seven (1).In this part of the class we reviewed what we learned to date: the celebration of Hoda’a.Constancy in it’s two forms: 1) ואני אמרתי בשלוי constant serenity, (no work) versus 2) למען יזמרך כבוד ולא ידום calling and reaching forever upwards.Sometimes wanting is having more than actually having.This...

Lihavin Inyan Hilula DiRaShbI 5737, Class Three.

Lihavin Inyan Hilula DiRaShbI 5737, Class Three.In this third class the Rebbe adds several additional points regarding the “Mattan Torah” of “Pnimiyus HaTorah” associated with Lag BaOmer: the idea of no change from the level of Yechida, and how this is connected to Atzmus reflected in the idea of Yesh MeAyin.He further developes the idea...

Hayom Yom 13 Menachem, Class Three.

Hayom Yom 13 Menachem, Class Three.A thought on the time (beginning of Iyar).One more class on this entry in the Hayom Yom: Torah is learned always and everywhere, in all worlds, in Gan Eden, Down here, when we return to our source on high and in Techiyas HaMeisim, but it is really all about “the...

10 Shvat 5721, Class 13-14; Sicha 3, 4.

10 Shvat 5721, Class 13; Sicha 3 (Class 6).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 67.The class was given on (30 Nissan) the Yahrzeit of the RaMaK, so there’s a discussion on the RaChaV’s place in the teachings of the Arizal.Ulidavka Bo is one of the 613 Mitzvos, and this one cannot be done properly without the...

תנו רבנן the entire ברייתא. (Yeshiva 5781/ 2021).

תנו רבנן the entire ברייתא. (Yeshiva 5781/ 2012).This class is a review of the entire paragraph of the Chazal with some short commentary.

5770 marked 250 years since the Baal Shem Tov's passing. Class 1

In the spirit of the Rebbe commemorating his 200th Yahrtzeit we honored his 250th. Studying from the Tzava’as HaRiVaSh during the weeks leading up to Shavuos. Class One.

5770 marked 250 years since the Baal Shem Tov's passing. Class 2

In the spirit of the Rebbe commemorating his 200th Yahrtzeit we honored his 250th. Studying from the Tzava’as HaRiVaSh during the weeks leading up to Shavuos. Class two.

5770 marked 250 years since the Baal Shem Tov's passing. Class 3

In the spirit of the Rebbe commemorating his 200th Yahrtzeit we honored his 250th. Studying from the Tzava’as HaRiVaSh During the weeks leading up to Shavuos. Class Three.

Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Eight.

Mizmor Shir Chanukas Habayis Lidovid, Class Eight.This is the last class on this.We ask Him for Kabalas Ol and He gives us this Koach.שמע ה’ וחנני- the Tzadik’s request; הוי’ הי’ עוזר לי- the common person’s request.הפכת מספדי למחול לי- through the gift of Bittul.פתחת שקי- the entrapment is overcomeותאזרני שמחה- there is a girdle...

28. Gal Ainai Viabita Niflaos MiTorasecha 5737 (second part of a two part Hemshech), Class Two.

28. Gal Ainai Viabita Niflaos MiTorasecha 5737 (second part of a two part Hemshech), Class Two.This class discusses the two Pesukim linked to Lag BaOmer:1) עד הגל הזה…2) גל עיני ואביטה נפלאות מתורתיךHe argues that they are opposites: the first describes Parsa that separates and the second describes revealing secrets?He explains that the ONLY way...

28. Gal Ainai Viabita Niflaos MiTorasecha 5737 (second part of a two part Hemshech), Class One.

Gal Ainai Viabita Niflaos MiTorasecha 5737 (second part of a two part Hemshech), Class One.Lag BaOmer is the day of RaShbI’s joy, but it is connected to Pnimiyus HaTorah and is sometimes called Matan Torah of Pnimiyus HaTorah.This Ma’amar argues based on the word תורתיך at the end of the Possuk גל עיני that the...

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class One.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class One.The Zohar is read and explained.The unique place of Sara in Torah is emphasized.Chava, Noach, Sara.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Two.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Two.1) Review of yesterday’s questions.2) More questions: A. Chava Noach and Sara (her role), B. Chayey Sara in the SAME Possuk twice, why?

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Three.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Three.1) Review.2) 100 year2) 20 Year4) 7 Years.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Four.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Four.Many Questions and answers.Defining words (beginning).

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Five.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek One, Class Five.Deffinitions of Key words:מציאותישמציאות אורעצמותנאצלמאצילנקודה ספירה פרצוףפרצוף, [פנים, אדם, עולם]יש מאין two translations[התחלקות, התכללות]

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Six.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Six.Ma’amar and Biur (story of Reb Yekusiel Lieplier)#Storynote :  0:34 – 22:35 Yekusiel Lepler’s Life StoryThe Biur of this Ma’amar about Simcha (and Bittul) begins here.Maamar Inside begins 22:38Simcha and Chassidus, differences between attitudes and beliefs of the Misnagdim and the Chassidim.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Seven.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Seven.The Ma’amar was read inside: 1) עבדו את השם בשמחה and 2) תחת אשר לא עבדת את השם אלוקיך בשמחה ובטוב לבב וגו’ ועבדת את אויביךThe Simple meaning and the Pshat of the RaMbaM and the Arizal, Joy is critical and basic.The fact that the lack of joy...

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Eight.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Eight.Second Paragraph Perek 2 begins.Atzmus (what it means) and the contradiction in it being revealed.Not available through the mind [words: 1) תפיסה and 2) השגה and 3) עיון and 4) הבחנה and 5) הבנה]. but it is through Joy.In other sources: Action brings Atzmus, Simcha reveals it.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Nine.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Nine.More analysis of words.Avodas HaTefilla: mind and heart and Soul (Joy and Delight)Differences between mind and Soul (beg).The differences between the in their form and in their root.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Ten.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Ten.When the name of a Tzadik (and the like) are repeated twice successively, RaShI says it means endearment, but this is not a sufficient explanations for Chassidus.Chassidus quotes the Zohar that explains that the double allusion refers to this entity in Atzilus and down here.Within this idea itself...

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Eleven.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Eleven.Questions answered.The idea of the Mashal of the piece of wood and the little bit of ash, for ואנכי עפר ואפר.They are both the same Middah yet so different.It separates a world from a world.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Twelve.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Twelve.Questions answered.Inside, why Kochos are separated from world to world and therefore (also) removed from Atzmus.

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Thirteen

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Thirteen.Simcha and Ta’anug also has levels, but the divisions aren’t absolute, and all levels have something in common including their source (and connection to this source) in Atzmus.1) The ideas of צמצום and נגע בו הצמצום are introduced and explained to provide insight for the difference between these...

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Fourteen

Vayihyu Chayey Sara 5712, Perek Two, Class Fourteen.Last class on Perek 2Questions answered.Another form to explain the difference between הבנה והשגה and שמחה ועונג: the idea of the Nefesh having גילויים and כחות.The Soul speaks in it’s infinity גילויים, is a Mashal for Simcha ViOnegThe Soul speaking through the כחות הנפש is a Mashal for...

Pesach Sheini 5781 (Class One).

Pesach Sheini 5781 (Class One).Three Sheni’s: 1) Nefesh Hasheinis, 2) Cheder Sheini [Chabadnitzah explained in detail], 3) Pesach SheiniThe three are brought together.It’s never too late.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (01) - Sicha One (01)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 1; Sicha 1 (Class 1).Toras Mencahem vol. 30 page 52 ff.Custom of the Maharal to feed the birds on Shabbos Shira.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (02) - Sicha One (02)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 2; Sicha 1 (Class 2).Toras Menachem vol. 30 page 54 ff.Message keeping up the Minhagim.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (03) - Sicha Two (01)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 3; Sicha 2 (Class 1).Toras Menachem vol. 30 page 57 ff.Melave Malka; connected to Moshiach and Techiyas HaMaisim.The Luz bone.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (04) - Sicha Two (02)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 4; Sicha 2 (Class 2).Toras Menachem vol. 30 page 59 ff.The Etzem Luz and Techiyas HaMeisim.It offsets the question of שינוי החוזר לבריאתו לאו שמי’ שינוי.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (05) - Sicha Two (03)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 5; Sicha 2 (Class 3).Melave Malkah happens after Shabbos ends and we return to “Chol”- the ordinary; this brings “Techiyas HaMeisim” giving life to the ordinary.The Rebbe’s letter to Rabbi Gringlaz about his work and Techiyas HaMeisim,

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (06) - Sicha Two (04)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 6; Sicha 2 (Class 4).Bringing life to the ordinary (continued)Viyiten Licha after Shabbos: two meanings one material the other about Torah and they are one.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (07) - Sicha Two (05)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 7; Sicha 2 (Class 5).Toras Menachem vol. 30 page 61-63.(Time: 28:34) Inside reading of the Rebbe’s comments on the post Shabbos prayer “V’yiten Lecha”, and how it is connected to Malave Malkah. Two interpretations, one speaks of Torah and the other speaks of Material blessings and they are ONE in these words, to underscore...

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (08) - Sicha Three (01)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 8; Sicha 3 (Class 1).This class begins with a long post-Purim discussion.At the end we started the Sicha and the idea of the Hiskashrus from the Rabbeiim to their Chassidim, that they would think of them from time to time and it would affect the Chassidim’s feelings.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (09) - Sicha Three (02)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 9; Sicha 3 (Class 2).Tzadikim are like Hashem when it is about fulfilling the Mitzvah of ללכת בדרכיו.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (10) - Sicha Three (03).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 10; Sicha 3 (Class 3).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 65.The Rebbe inspires and this is like איש מזריע תחילה יולדת נקבה- it is weak.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (11) - Sicha Three (04).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 11; Sicha 3 (Class 4).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 65-66.Mention of 25 Adar, the birthday of the Rebbetzin and the world according to Rav Yehoshu ben Chanania (Tzadik).Knowing where one’s Hisorerus comes from matters.When you realize that it is all from outside of you (from heaven) you’ll work to make it your own...

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (12) - Sicha Three (05).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 12; Sicha 3 (Class 5).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 66-67.Introduction: after Pesach, which never ends- why?The issue of near and far, even by Tzadikim: in a body and after they leave the body. there’s a different definition of close and far then.The idea of Hiskashrus, from Rebbe to us, so much...

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (13) - Sicha Three (06).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 13; Sicha 3 (Class 6).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 67.The class was given on (30 Nissan) the Yahrzeit of the RaMaK, so there’s a discussion on the RaChaV’s place in the teachings of the Arizal.Ulidavka Bo is one of the 613 Mitzvos, and this one cannot be done properly without the Neshama (Chassidus).The...

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (14) - Sicha Three (07).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 14; Sicha 3 (Class 7).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 67-68 (end of the third Sicha).1) Intro on Rosh Chodesh Iyar a month of healing2) Thought on the Rebbe MaHaRaSh (whose birthday is tomorrow).#storynote: 6:42 Birthday of Rebbe Maharash 2 Iyar – Story about the Tzemach Tzedek’s chair and his conversation with his son...

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (15) - Sicha Four (01).

10 Shvat 5721, Class 15; Sicha 4 (Class 1).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 68-9.new Sicha.Question- how can והלכת בדרכיו be a מצוה פרטית; it seems to encompass all of what Yiddishkeit is.We talked about the idea of מצות כלליות (general Mitzvos) and we told the story of Yid advised by the Rebbe to be מהדר in the...

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (16) - Sicha Four (02)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 16; Sicha 4 (Class 2).Toras Menachem vol 30 page 69-70.(9 Iyar Yahrtzeit Reb Yisroel Neveler, Reb Nissan and my shver Reb Moshe).Tefilla, Mitzvah Klalis and Protis. The “Rabbinic” is really also Biblical.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 01

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture One. Neshama of the Baal Shem Tov, Eliyahu Hanavi tests his father, birth and early years. His father’s will and death. The lonely years, He meets and joins up with the hidden Tzadikim.

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (17) - Sicha Four (03)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 17; Sicha 4 (Class 3).Klal and Prat of Mitzvas Tefilla: How do you count a mitzvah that encompasses all of the mitzvahs?  If something is both a general mitzvah (klali) and also a specific mitzvah (prat) as well – then it can be counted.  For example, tefilla.The Klal enhances the Prat...

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 02

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Two. The Great plan to reverse the ills affected by Chmelenicii’s pogroms: 1) Help with Parnassa (livelihood), 2) Help with Melamdim (tutors), 3) Raise the people’s spirits.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 03

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Three. 1) His Hidden years, 2) His Marriage, 3) His Children.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 04

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Four. The Baal Shem tov’s meeting his master Achiya HaShiloni, they learn for exactly ten years and the Baal Shem Tov is then forced to reveal himself.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 05

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Five. The history of Kabbala, Moshe, the Neviim, Anshei Kneses Hagedola(‘s shift to a center of Halacha and Nigla), RaShBi, the later trickle of Kabbala, Rediscovery of the Zohar, the arguments over her...

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 06

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Six. 1) The three great codifiers of kabbala: Reb Meir ben Gabbai (Avodas Hakodesh), The Ramak (Pardes Rimonim and more), and The Arizal (Eitz Chayim, Shmone’ Sheurim etc.). The use of Kabala Maasis....

Toras Menachem - 10 Shvat 5721 (18) - Sicha Four (04)

10 Shvat 5721, Class 18; Sicha 4 (Class 4).Introduction: #storynote 13 Iyar on the Rebbe’s introduction of the Dvar Malkus and related stories, including the bris and the 60 year old man.  (0:00 to 5:47)How is והלכת בדרכיו a Mitzvah?The idea of movement הליכה is specific to it and makes it a specific Mitzvah as...

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 07

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Seven. The philosophy of Chassidus (1). 1) Elokus is everything and everything is Elokus, 2) Emunas Tzadikim. Then two philosophies to this: Chabad and Chagas.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 08

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Eight. The philosophy of Chassidus (2). Rachamana Liba Baii.The sincerity that the Baal Shem Tov celebrated above all else. Anashim Pshutim.

Hayom Yom 14 Menachem Av (Class One).

Hayom Yom 14 Menachem Av (Class One).The previous Rebbe celebrates 50 years since he started writing as a boy; recording what he heard from his father and others.The Rebbe RaShaB had little time for וואס ארום חסידות איז he was busy with Chassidus itself, he prayed to have this “Shlaimus” also

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 09

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Nine. The philosophy of Chassidus (3). 1) Simcha, 2) Azov Taazov Imo. Looking after your physical health, 3) The preciousness of the Yiddisher Neshama.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 10

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Ten. The philosophy of Chassidus (4). The world. Chassidus’ view of the creation (world): 1) Hashem creates the world ex nihilo every instant, [and is not only creating Yesh MiYesh] and, 2) there...

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 11

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Eleven. The philosophy of Chassidus (5). How special is a Jew. Some stories.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 12

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Twelve. The philosophy of Chassidus (6). Torah and Tefilla as they are enlightened and inspired by Chassidus and the Baal Shem Tov’s derech.

Pesach Sheini 5781 (Class Two).

Pesach Sheini 5781 (Class Two).Examples of Ba’alei Teshuva,The source of the idea of teshuva altogether is rooted in Pesach Sheni.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 13

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Thirteen. The philosophy of Chassidus (7). Two points: 1) Mitzvos according to Chassidus, 2) Simcha as a yesod in Chassidus.

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 14

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Fourteen. 1) The Baal Shem Tov reveals himself in spite of his objections, 2) The Toldos Yaakov Yosef, 3) The holy Magid (5773/2012-13). Lecture Fifteen (Missing).

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 16

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Fifteen (Missing). Lecture Sixteen. 1) Misnagdim to the Baal Shem Tov (The Noda BiYehuda and the Vilner Gaon), 2) The Orach Chayim HaKadosh and the Baal Shem Tov., 3) The letter about aliyas...

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 17

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Seventeen. 1) The Baal Shem Tov and Eretz Yisroel; 2) His Travels 3) and meeting all types of Yidden; 4) Stories. Lecture Eighteen. (Missing?)

The Baal Shem Tov. His life and legacy. (5772/2011) Lecture 19

This is a new series that will IY”H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim. Given at Chovevei Torah. Lecture Eighteen. (Missing?) Lecture Nineteen. The Baal Shem Tov’s histalkus, his son’s succession, the weakening of Chassidus, the first Yahrtzeit the leadership, passes to the holy maggid, and he reverses the weakening trend.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class One, Perek One (1).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class One, Perek One (1).IntroductionMesiras Nefesh in Russia and the idea of tests.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Two, Perek One (2).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Two, Perek One (2).Mesiras Nefesh in Russia continued.A test is a correction only of the person and not of the world.The ideas of גברא and חפצא in Halacha and in Chassidus (here גברא seems to be more than חפצא as opposed to how it is in niglah).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Three, Perek One (3)

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Three, Perek One (3).Lecture, seven levels of doing Mitzvos:1) Middos Tovos2) Deos Nechonos3) Yichudim, Atzilus, Kabbalah holds עבודה צורך גבוה בניחותא4) Birurim. correction reveals what is above Atzilus into Atzilus5) Teshuva, even higher than the above.6) Nisyonos, fixing nothing in the world only in the person.7) Dira biTachtonim.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Four, Perek One (4).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Four, Perek One (4).To overcome the Nisayon (which corrects only the person) we need Koach Atzmi, how we are ONE with G-dliness

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Five, Perek One (5).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Five, Perek One (5).Explanation for Koach Atzmi,story born on top of the mountainChanania Mishoel and Azaria were ready to die but not be tortured (Mesiras Nefesh of Chaya); and the Morranos were ready for months of torture (because they reached Yechida).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Six, Perek Two (1).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Six, Perek Two (1).There must be some kind of G-dliness even in the dark (of Nisyonos) but the spark itself has gone dark.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Seven, Perek Two (2).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Seven, Perek Two (2).The idea of סוד הבירורים closer to Moshiach we cannot know, so the attitude is חטוף ואכול חטוף ואשתי.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eight, Perek Two (3).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eight, Perek Two (3).Two questions:1) where is ג’ קליפות הטמאות in the discussion of בירורים and נסיונות. The Ma’amar from 25 years later (5776) seems to change what is written here (and that is the Mishna Achrona).2) Why doesn’t the energy of a Nisayon (“darkness”) need a Birur? Suggestion because...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Nine, Perek Two (4).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Nine, Perek Two (4).End of Perek.In Nisoyonos we 1) deal with ourselves only 2) On the level of Tokef Atzmi and Bittul Atzmi.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Ten, Perek Three (1).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Ten, Perek Three (1).Introduction to exposition on Birurim.First big Kabbalah idea: G-dliness, not Him but His Light “G-d-interactive”.Second big Kabbalah idea: G-dliness revealed to other (Vessels) this is Atzilus (Adama HaElyon etc).Third big idea: Tohu is Atzilus version one: עצמות אור אין סוף בכלים couldn’t last and shattered.Fourth big...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eleven, Perek Three (2).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eleven, Perek Three (2).Questions and answers:An intermediate level discussion on the Chassidic concepts of vessel (keyli) and ohr (light) in the context of the process of revelation (giluyi) between “levels of Godliness”. Some of the ideas discussed were:Gilui Elokus, Atzilus (IS gilui Elokus)Atzilus version one: Tohu, Etzem Ohr EIn Sof...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twelve, Perek Three (3).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twelve, Perek Three (3).The Time of Prayer Is A Time of WarA rare intermediate Chassidus series on davening (prayer) that is accessible to English speakers.  The series overall addresses the contrast between Avodas Birurim / the service to God of elevating sparks or making refinements in the physical plane...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Thirteen, Perek Three (4).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Thirteen, Perek Three (4).More on Davening (prayer) and Birurim.Hisbonenus has three types:1) For learning2) Before Prayer3) During PrayerThese are tools for Birur.Length: 33:59

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Fourteen, Perek Three (5).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Fourteen, Perek Three (5).Final two classes in the series on avodas birurim (a service of refinement or elevating sparks of Holiness).  Excellent intermediate level class accessible to everyone.  Applied questions are presented and discussed as well as study directly from the text of the Maamar. Davening is called Birur in...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Fifteen, Perek Three (6).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Fifteen, Perek Three (6).Avodas HaBirurim is described as a negotiation, where the reason and the mind is you, satisfy bit the person and the entity of the world that is being corrected (elevated).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Sixteen, Perek Three (7).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Sixteen, Perek Three (7).End of Perek 3 deals with Nisyonos being and Inyan Atzmi not Mispashet; there is no negotiating when it comes to Klipa.But the spark is elevated anyway (I believe that in 5736, the Rebbe made a change as far as this concerned).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Seventeen, Perek Four (1).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Seventeen, Perek Four (1).Yechida of Klipa, two opinions and an attempt at reconciliation.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eighteen, Perek Four (2).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Eighteen, Perek Four (2).Questions and answers on the last several classes.Nisyonos above Birur using absolute Kochos “primary characteristics”.The two opinions about Yechida are repeated.

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Nineteen, Perek Four (3).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Nineteen, Perek Four (3).Pnimi- revealedMakif- Hidden, indirectNaRaN- a place in the body to allow for GiluiChaya Yechida- has no “place” and it is therefore difficult to appreciate the various different aspects present there, thus…Ratzon is Chaya- above reason and very urgentTa’anug is Yechida; the personality which determines what will...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty, Perek Four (4).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty, Perek Four (4).Birurim are “negotiated” war, where one plans what he needs to do to elevate the spark; Nisyonos is “non-negotiable” war so one can spiritually survive.[The spark that is elevated through Nisyonos is a bi-product].

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty One, Perek Four (5).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty One, Perek Four (5).Although Niosyonos are not about (any effort being made to) Birurim: to fix anything in the world (only in self); but if done correctly, the spark in the test (of the severe Klipos) is corrected and elevated.It has to do with extracting the Ta’anug (delight)...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty Two, Perek Four (6).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty Two, Perek Four (6).שויתי השם לנגדי תמיד: מדת ההשתוותThe incredibly high level of involvement with Hashem called Middas Hahishtavus: everything is exactly the same the greatest good and the most severe evil, as He is good and involved in everything, so all is Good, as the song of...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty Three, Perek Four (7) Perek Five (1).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty Three, Perek Four (7) Perek Five (1).Two stories, two Tzadikim, two levels.Nochum Ish Gam Zu and his adage “Gam Zu LiTova” means he saw only revealed good, and that is how it was for him.Rab Akiva (a little later in time and after the destruction of the second...

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty Four, Perek Five (2) Perek Six (1).

Nasata Liraiecha Nes Lihisnoses 5711, Class Twenty Four, Perek Five (2) Perek Six (1).The story of the מאמר אין הקב”ה בא בטרוניא עם בריותיו תרמ”ח simple people and Mesiras Nefesh.Yidden on the lowest levels have the easiest time with Mesiras Nefesh, which is what is needed to overcome these test.NOTE: At minute 20:00  The Rebbe...