Likutei Sichos- A complete Sicha in one class. VOL. 20 classes

Ya'akov wishes to tell his children when the Geula will come and they will leave Egypt. But God doesn't let him. How could they both be correct [as Ya'akov is a Merkava and above error]?? The answer is perspective: Ya'akov hopes to encourage harder work to earn and maybe even expedite the Geula. But God wants the work to be their very own, so He prevents Yaakov from telling them. However, the mere fact that he desired to tell the קץ empowers them.

Aisav is Yitzchok's son and as he is in Yitzchok he and Yaakov are just two versions of avodas hashem, one that is like a Chossid and the other one who overcomes his Yetzer HaRa. Aisav just made bad choices.

The Akaida is the last great act of Avrohom's incredible life. Only at this point is the Mesiras Nefesh of Avrohom Avinu revealed to be totally sacrificial, giving credibility to all the sacrifices he'd made until this point.

The Rebbe expalins that the RaMbaM considers it important to underscore the idea that Avrohom's pursuit of God started out initially as a strictly intellectual one. However, he then explains that intellect in and of itself it is not sustainable, as is evidenced from what happened to Yidden in Mitzrayim, The RaMbaM is teaching us the lesson of going from reason to beyond reason top faith.


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