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Likkutei Sichos Lech Lecha: A Tale of Four Loves

A Spiritual Drama in Four Acts: Adam, Noach, Avraham and Moshe

2 hr 1 min

Chabad Shluchim from across the globe. Photo credits to Kinus.com

Class Summary:

This text-based class, in Likkutei Sichos vol. 15 Parshas Lecha Lecha, explores the four stages of spiritual development from Adam to Noach, to Avraham, to Moshe. 

The Rebbe Rashab once said: “The portion of Bereishit, is a happy portion. G-d is creating universes and creatures and is satisfied that ‘it is good.’ Its ending, however is not so pleasant. Still in all, it is generally a happy Torah portion and in all Jewish communities there is joy and delight - we have begun the Torah anew. With the next week's reading, Noah, comes the Flood. It is a depressing week, but with a happy ending - Abraham our father is born. But the truly joyous week is Lech-Lecha. Every day of the week we live with Abraham Our Father. 

An obvious question comes to mind: indeed, why are these weekly readings so divided? Why mar the “happy portion” of Bereishit with its depressing ending, especially since these last few verses actually begin the story of the Flood, the central theme of the next week's reading? A similar thing happens at the end of Noah: after a detailed description of Noah's life and the events of the Flood and the Tower of Babel, the portion concludes with a brief account of the birth and early life of Abraham, whose life is to fill, with rich detail, the next three Torah portions. Surely, a far more natural division would have been for Noah to begin with the final eight verses of Bereishit, and for Lech Lecha to open with Abraham's birth, a scant seven verses before the end of Noah!

The class takes us on an incredible journey to discvoer four levels of one's spiritual and emotional develpment, expressed in how we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. We discover a tale of four loves.

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  • YMH

    Yosef Mendel Heintz -3 years ago

    End of berieshis

    Why is the end of bereishis not happy end

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  • MJDJ

    Mr J. D. JENKINS -7 years ago

    Very disrupted recording, all over the place people moving around, Yiddish etc. Keep it to English and/or Hebrew unless you want to lose what I presume to be your target following

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Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • October 15, 2015
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  • 2 Cheshvan 5776
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