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Why Was Yaakov Successful with All of His Children, Unlike Avraham & Yitzchak?

"I Will Not Let You Go Until You Bless Me:" Yaakov's Motto was to Transform Darkness into Light

1 hr 17 min

Class Summary:

This text-based class on Likkutei Sichos vol. 10 Parshas Vayeitzei was presented on Tuesday Parshas Vayetzei, 8 Kislev, 5781, November 24, 2020, live from Rabbi Jacobson's home in Monsey, NY 

The class explores a perplexing Midrash on why Yaakov refused to make a peace treaty with Avimelech, like his father and grandfather have done before him. It leads us to examine some of the key differences between Yaakov and Yitzchak and Avraham in terms of how they related to the toxicity around them.

It also explains why only Yaakov saw all of his children continuing in his footsteps.

The class tells the story of Israeli politician and social activist Geulah Cohen's visit to the Rebbe. How she described sitting for two hours in the presence of a true believer.

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    Eli Singer -3 years ago

    Artist?

    Who is the artist who created the work above? 

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    Haaros


    1) Perhaps meduyak in Rambam ויצחק הודיע ליעקב ומינהו ללמד וישב מלמד ומחזיק כל הנלוים אליו. ויעקב אבינו למד בניו כולם והבדיל לוי ומינהו ראש והושיבו בישיבה ללמד דרך השם ולשמור מצות אברהם. וצוה את בניו שלא יפסיקו מבני לוי ממונה אחר ממונה כדי שלא תשכח הלמוד. והיה הדבר הולך ומתגבר בבני יעקב ובנלוים עליהם 
    that only by yaakov he uses this lashon of נלוים as opposed to gathering like by avraham to show us this idea of the rebee that yaakov transformed the people around him to become attached to him and accompany him.
     
    2) The taana on yaakov for putting dina in a box could be explained with this idea as well that yaakovs avodah was to transform the rah so he should have let dina marry eisav in order to turn him around.
     
    3) Yaakov represents the amud of torah which we know- torah is the tavkin which overcomes the yetzer harah, but the tavlin is that it takes the bad tasting food and transforms it into a delicious food.
     
    4) Connection to the idea we discussed about עד שתשוב חמת אחיך ממך - rivka was saying it is not enough to run away from eisav (the avodah of avraham and yitzchak) rather he have to remove the hatred and instill the lover for him in order that he will the change his feelings to have love for you ( the avodah of yakov)

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    isaac -3 years ago

    עיין גם שפת אמת ויצא: והאבן גדולה כו' וגללו כו'. וביעקב כתיב ויגל. כמ"ש בספרים על הכובש את יצרו שהוא גדול יותר ממי שאינו שומע לו. רק הוא כובשו להיות כפוף תחתיו. וכל מי שצריך לשאוב מפי הבאר צריך לגלול זה היצה"ר. אבל הוא לשעה והשיבו למקומו כו' כמ"ש במדרש. אבל ביעקב ויגל לשון גילוי שנתגלה ע"י. כל הפנימיות שיש בהאבן עצמו. הוא היצה"ר. שנהפך לטוב. ובירר שהכל טוב. כמו שיהי' לעתיד הכל מתוקן. וזה החילוק בין וגללו לויגל כנ"ל. גם עתה בכל ש"ק יש הכנה לימי השבוע והוא כענין ויצא מבאר שבע לחרן. כמ"ש פי הבאר נברא בע"ש. שהוא התמשכות החיות מנקודה הפנימיות לכל הצדדין. ובאר שבע הוא אור שבעת הימים שהוא מתגלה בשבת קודש כנ"ל:

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    Sarah Goldberg -3 years ago

    Both Avraham and Yitzchak didn't transform all their children

    But Yakov did. We also know that Avraham epitomized chesed and Yitzchak epitomized gevurah. Perhaps, by "specializing" in one midda like that, it was insufficient to transform all their children--and society at large.

    But, Yakov combined and synthesized both chesed and gevurah, the right combination of hot and cold, bitter and sweet like the coffee, and by the combination we call tiferes, he was the only one of the avos to have only "perfect" children (despite tge deficiencies mentioned yesterday) and to have a lasting impact.

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    Sarah Goldberg -3 years ago

    "Whatever Yakov touches turns to gold"

    Yet, after so many years with Lavan, we see Lavan comes running after his son in law and daughters and grandchildren, with malevolence. Only because Hashem came to him did he not do them harm. Not transformed at all! 

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    Mordechai Litzman -3 years ago

    If Yaacov represents the third Beis Hamikdash, why is Yitzchak going to be the main one of the avos in the time to come, and not Yaacov?

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      Hershel Gruenberg -3 years ago

      Amazing question!!

      We learn that Yacov is the perfection of the Avot.  Still the gmara in shabbos shows Hashems disdain for Yacovs and Avrahams answer.  Your children will sin..Only Yitchaks answer is acceptable to Hashem.

      Also you can ask if Gdliness will be revealed to all then what will the revelation in the 3rd temple add?

      My guess is that we are talking about two different types of revelation .  

      I would love to hear the Rabbis answer

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    Sara -3 years ago

    The sicha is only yiddish or hebrew? Anywhere in English

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    • Anonymous -3 years ago

      You can find the English translation at projectlikkuteisichos.org

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        Sara Metzger -3 years ago

        Thank  you Anonymous.

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    Sarah Goldberg -3 years ago

    All of Yakov's sons were "perfect"?

    Wasn't Yosef gayvidik? Weren't the brothers jealous? Didn't they plot to kill their brother? Didn't they sell him as a slave? Look what Yehuda did with Tamar. Didn't levi and shimon commit murder of Schechem? Weren't they left out of Yakov's brochas? 

      Should my children do anything similar they would hardly be called "perfect"! 

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    Sara -3 years ago

    I thought...

    that Yitzchak lived in Eretz Israel, that he was the only patriarch that lived there and never left as did Avraham and Yaakov. Beersheva was not in Israel?

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    Miri -3 years ago

    Question for Rabbi YY

    Why very valuable neshamas are out of the religion

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