Likutei Sichos- A complete Sicha in one class. VOL. 30 classes

Yosef's death marks the end of Braishis because the substance of Shmos- exile, to conquer the world, must be inspired and initiated by the Avos. Yosef's death and Golus empower those who follow after him.

Ya'akov is happy to go to Egypt yet apprehensive. How can this be reconciled. The Rebbe reveals that not only are these two feelings not incompatible they are actually mutually interdependent.

רב עוד יוסף בני חי Upon discovering that his son is alive not only in body but in spirit as well, Ya'akov celebrates what his son Yosef has become, exceeding all expectation.

The brothers finally stand in front of Yosef, and debate... Teshuva!

Ya'akov tells his children to get ready to be dependent on the Non-Jews in the time of famine, because he senses that Golus is coming, and that this is how God's miracle would reach them. In Golus we get our food and knowledge (from Hashem, but) through the non-Jew. this is the meaning of 'Lama Tisrau', Ya'akov's moment to the beginning of the Golus.

Ya'akov wanted the Shalva (serenity) he deserved, but Hashem decided to give him more than he wished for. But to do this he had to go through the twenty two year Yosef ordeal.

Yitzchok's idea is digging wells. What water the wells give him is Hashem's business. As a result his wells last. The three wells, built with different levels of dedication and sacrifice, last for different lengths of time. The third which is through Bittul and Kabbalas Ol lasts forever.

Yitzchok is even more like Avrohom, chesed, than is Avrohom himself because of the Bittul of Yitzchok.

Bris Mila is two things: 1) a Mitzva, 2) A covenant. In as much as it is a Mitzva, what we do today is separate from what the Avos did, but in as much as it is a Covenant, we continue to bring our children into the Covenant of Avrohom Avinu.


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