Likutei Sichos- A complete Sicha in one class. VOL. 15 classes

In Galus there are two 'first borns': Yosef's first born is Menashe: to remember from where you come and not to be influenced by the environment you are in. Ya'akov's first born is Ephrayim: to succeed and prosper and take something from the Exile and to ultimately transform it. Yosef therefore objects to the switching of the hands but Ya'akov insists.

Parshas Vayechi really is about Ya'akov's passing, yet it is called Vayechi- that Ya'akov lived his best years there! The idea is that life is eternity and that is only in and with God, and only when Ya'akov showed his true connectedness was he truly alive and it happened as he passed in Egypt and in his children. He couldn't reveal the Ketz to them for the same reason.

Jewish people settle in Egypt and take possession of (what is theirs,) but it is Egypt. Eventually Egypt will take hold of them. Ultimately however the land's taking hold of them will result in them leaving Egypt with all Egypt's wealth!

Yosef asks his brothers, is my father still alive?, though he knows the answer. He says it to underscore the fact that Yaakov had suffered indescribably and should not be kept in suffering for one extra moment. In these words Yaakov's Galus is being transformed to redemption.

Yosef's advice isn't separate from the dream's interpretation, it is a part of it, this demonstrates his full intelligence and raises him up to the level of vizier. In these dreams opposites converge, Galus and Geula, in the source of Yosef the two are one.

Ya'akov wanted Shlava (serenity) but to get it he had to go through much more hardship, but in the end he got what he wanted.

Ya'akov is involved with many things, but before all, above all and even after all, his primary involvement is with sheep. This teaches two lessons: 1) Bittul: it must be before, in, and after all, 2) Bittul alone is not enough, you must also use your positive strengths.

Ya'akov makes two conditions with Hashem and then two promises. This Sicha shows that the requests were for help at serving Hashem to set up the fulfillment of the two promises. Aliyas HaNeshama and Dira BiTachtonim.

Avrohom looked so much closer to Yishmael. In fact Yishmael did Teshuva during his father's lifetime, while Aisav seemed so evil. Under the surface however, Yitzchok's connection to Aisav is limitless (he was a Jew, only a sinner) while Yishmael's relationship to Avrohom was on the outside only. This reflected the difference between who Avrohom and Yitzchok were themselves.

After Sara passes away we see her life. Her life is about the Jewish people exclusively while Avrohom is about all of humanity. This shows itself in each of the big events in this Parsha.

This class combines a Sicha about Avrohom and the Torah Ohr (beginning of Parshas Toldos) that helps enlighten what separated Avrohom from Yitzchok. Avrohom shone light and inspired from above, doing what appears in affect to be forcing Arabs to see things his way and acquiesce to his request that they pray to Hashem. The Sicha explores the integrity of this method (specifically as it relates to non-Jews). Yitzchok dug wells, revealing the good within the earth (and the person) rather than bring the water (Torah) from someplace else.

What we learn from the Avos that relates to us though our Yiddishkiet is so different. How we make Yiddishkiet personal and felt by us.


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