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How Could the Jews Go to Sleep on That Night?

Why Were the Mosquitoes So Respectful of Their Sleep?

1 hr 47 min

Class Summary:

Rabbi YY Jacobson presented this class about Shavuos, on Erev Shavuos, Thursday Morning, 5 Sivan, 5780, May 28, 2020.

This is a text based class on a sicha by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in Likkutei Sichos Vol 4.

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  • YR

    Y Raskin -3 days ago

    Changed my life

       Why are your classes so long? I get stories and laying  out the foundation..   but try to even skip, and make them 1 hour, even an hour and 10 minutes..  you will still have time to put in your own agenda with stories, etc.

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    • YJ

      YY Jacobson -3 days ago

      Got it

      I understand. Double speed was created for my classess...

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  • M

    miriam -3 years ago

    prophecy

     maybe they were preparing for the nevuah level and most n'veim got their nevuah when they were asleep

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  • MKH

    miriam kleiman hefetz -3 years ago

    not sleeping on shevuos night

    you took a basic chasidic concept.... from a very high level (מאגדא רמא ) to a low/normal/everyday level( לבירא עמיקטא  )  i don't think it was easy but you did a beautiful job.  i enjoyed listening. m. hefetz yerushalayim

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  • MKH

    miriam kleiman hefetz -3 years ago

    going to sleep at night - so is it more likely that a person would die at night so that their neshomo can go up to gan eden?

    so is it more likely that tzadikim will die at night so they enter gan eden more easily/faster?

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  • K

    Kalman -3 years ago

    It is generally accepted that Moshe was never mistaken, and that the dream on the night of Shavuot was a mistake, from the point of view of the Almighty, therefore we make the tikkun lel a Shavuot. It turns out - Moshe was also mistaken.

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  • ML

    Mordechai Litzman -3 years ago

    Fundamental question

    You mentioned in the beginning of the shiur that you are staying home for Shvuos, and so am I. What are your criteria for leaving quarantine and going back to shul and normal life?

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  • DD

    Daniel Davidov -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    When the jewish people heard the first two commandments, their souls left the body. If they had to accept the tora with their body, how come their souls left the body? Thank you and chat sameach, Daniel

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  • DD

    Daniel Davidov -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    How come, we have to stay awake now for a Tikkun of sleeping back then?

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  • MI

    Moshe Isenberg -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    There is a sefer of "Shaylis and Tchuvos Min HaShamayin" where a tzaddik received answers to halachic problems during sleep. But Torah is no longer in Shomayim?! Cab we conduct ourselves according to those answers?

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  • MI

    Moshe Isenberg -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    The yidden should have been very excited and so arises the question how they could have slept. The sicha explains. But, the posuk says Avraham Avinu woke up to take Yitzchak to the Akeida, so he must have been sleeping. How could Avraham have slept the night before schechting his beloved son?

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    • S

      Sara -3 years ago

      Maybe Avraham and the Israelites were able to sleep only because GD helped them sleep. HE blessed us to be able to sleep so that we would be dafka totally prepared for the event that was coming. 

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    Are we really ready living up to the standard of the chosen people!

    Dear Rabbi Jacobson,

    As this holiday of Shavout approaches , one of the things we are to remember and  realize is that G-d has given us his ultimate treasure ,the Torah:  and has chosen us as his crowned people. I was wondering if G-d was watching the news over these past two months and saw how ' his chosen people ' have been behaving in public and creating enormous chilull Hashem during this pandemic while the entire world was observing this audacious behavior should this be a holiday or a fast day for us!

    Respectfully,

    A student of your teachings,

    In Monsey NY

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      Moshe -3 years ago

      Dear Anonymous: I too, live in Monsey and i do not share your perceptions of the behaviour of yidden here or elsewhere these last few months. 

         Jewish schools, shuls, businesses, etc, for the overwhelming most part, closed according to the dictates of  government and experts. I am aware of the small minority of yidden who did keep small clandestine minyonim going, some with social distancing and outdoors, and am even aware of some schools that are now also open whereas the rule currently is that schools remain closed. 

        This is a very small minority of  yidden.

        On the contrary, heroic jewish doctors and nurses, hatzala members, scientists, etc., have been represented far in excess of  our percentage of  the population. Israel as a country has one the lowest rates of  fatality in the world, even with  the Bnai Brak problem minority.  There were groups of yidden who were ahead of the curve to close shuls and schools (e.g. Bergen county) and even with the current gradual partial reopening have been stricter than the government and have decided to reopen only 2 weeks after the government allows (e.g. the OU shuls). 

         There is indeed a high correlation between that small minority of yidden who did not and do not heed the call of doctors,  the government and even Jewish leaders, and illness or worse, (e.g. 80% of fatalities in EY haredim) but, again, this is a very small minority of yidden in general.

        There was an imbalanced focus by media and even by politicians (e.g. De Blasio) that were silent about crowded churches, beaches, golf courses, etc while publically condemning the minyonim in certain jewish neighborhoods. Perhaps this media selectivity and bias combined with tthe conduct of the few, is what you are referring to.

        As is often the  case, one can look at the glass not just half empty, but only empty to a very small extent, and ignore the  fact that the glass is mostly full. 

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      • Anonymous -3 years ago

        Moshe, 

        I have personally been to the heavily populated Orthodox Jewish communities where they have blatantly flaunted no masks and lack of social distancing as well as defiance of rules that have been laid out by our government. The Jewish law says that we are to respect the laws of the land. I am sorry to say that You have not watched the media enough, read the mainstream papers and seen, how the media has portrayed us as The people that are above it all!

        We as a people were being carefully watched  in NY specifically when the very first cases were spreading  like wildfire by an orthodox lawyer in New Rochelle.

        We were being portrayed as a diseased spreading people. The reality whether you like it or not is he was spreading the disease and that is a fact. So the media was not very unbiased in this aspect.

        I have watched in disbelief while In major stores like Costco,home Depot, Lowe's, Target, Many Jews were not adhering to wearing masks and were asked to put them on I have seen it myself. I also have seen the stares and hatred of the gentile customers while this was going on. I am ashamed and I am embarrassed.

        A stain on a white shirt is very easily noticed it stands out although it's just one stain and a very tiny proportion of the garment.

        Of course we have to do good as we are the chosen people and are expected to behave as such and not the opposite.

        The media could not give bias attention to acts that did not exist,unfortunately they were too many to ignore.

        We always lived in the world where we were under much scrutiny we must realize that and behave accordingly.

        Unfortunately my scorecard shows a failing grade for us, and I am optimistic and see the glass half full in life.

        Respectfully,

        You're fellow brother.

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Likkutei Sichos Shavuos

Rabbi YY Jacobson

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