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The Rebbe’s Talk – Shabbos Parshas Mikeitz 5752


Oil – Chassidus

Bread, water, wine and oil, represent four levels of Torah, the first two revealed, the second concealed,and wine represent the secrets, while oil, the very essence.

Revealed (Nigleh) Concealed (Chassidus)

Specifically bread and water are necessities (for life) while wine and oil represent pleasure(s) –hence in order to be a religious Jew, one first must know the laws(which were revealed.)

Chassidus – Divine Pleasure

The secret/inner part of Torah is knowledge of spirituality which then creates (like wine and oil)greater pleasure (certainly in Divine worship.)

Kabbalah / Chassidus

Wine is drunk, though not like water, but for example on Shabbos and Yom Tov, as a drink – in contrast, oil is used, only as a minimal garnish.

This represent how “sacred oil”represents (as its revelation can only be imbued (never completely revealed.)

Why Chassidus Was Now Revealed

Now we can comprehend why the highest level – oil – specifically is related to Chanukuh (which we don’t have any feast connected to bread, water, wine) for though it comes at the darkest period – but the evolution of the revelation of Divinity / spirituality, follows, that the darker it gets, to counteract and inspire, the greater the light/revelation.

Jewish Vs. Greek Philosophy

Just as the essential war between the Greeks and the Jews was philosophical – for though they respected wisdom (after all, they had great philosophers) they rejected Divinity – and hence the Jewish people whose wisdom is based on obedience (for this is the only permanence, as opposed to whims,trends etc.) hence the miracle was the revelation of the pure oil.

Chassidus and Nigleh

Oil as mentioned, needs to integrate into a food – similarly, when one mixes the study of Chassidus with the revealed dimension, one ensures the Torah gets beyond the realm of mere habit or intellect.

Chanukah and Yud Tes Kislev

The main miracle of Chanukah reveals itself in Yud Tes Kislev (the foundation of the revelation of Chassidus in a logical way) for while Chanukah, the Divinity of the Torah manifested, nonetheless, it was still, as mentioned, oil mixed with bread, however, for Yud Tes Kislev, the oil itself became its own drink.

Chassidus A Light In Darkness

 Similarly (in continuation with the idea, that as the darkness of secular wisdom increased, so did the light of spiritual) in our own time, this dynamic has inter-played –a concrete example, is when the assimilationist group “spreading’ enlightenment’” began, the Rebbe Rashab established, a Yeshiva, in which the study of Chassidus, would be on par with the study of Nigleh, and this has continued in ever increasing measure through the next Rebbes – to the extent, that Chassidus has been translated and spread to the most distant places.

Chassidus, Paving The Messianic Era

 The main reason for the revelation ofChassidus is actually as preparation for the messianic redemption,where this will be the primary learning.

Why Darkness Is Asserting

[As the dark side, which will be removed in the messianic era, so opposes this holiness; hence,likewise, the increased darkness; necessitating Moshiach, who has already conquered (as we see, say, in the demise of Russia.)]

Moshiach # 8

 This is further emphasized in the eight candles of the Menorah, which represents the number of Moshiach (the infinite that can permeate.)

Moshiach Is Here

 Since Yud Tes Kislev, this revelation began (in earnest) and continued to the establishment of TomchieTemmimim, and culminates, how in our time, Moshiach is here, and we need but open our eyes (and recognize.)

Believing and Anticipating Moshaich

 As we are currently on the threshold ofthe complete and final redemption, hence we must absolutely increase daily (as the lesson of the Chanukah candles) in our anticipation and belief (which hastens his arrival.)

Feeling The Lack Of Redemption

 Furthermore, as long as Moshiach is not actually here, we should feel as our life is lacking.

Spread Chassidus

 And the main thing is spreading the teachings of Chassidus.

Teach Chanukah

Furthermore we must increase Chanukah awareness as well.

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Mammer Rebbe – Zois Chanukah 5738


Physical Comes From Spiritual

Everything in this world begins – no matter what it is – in the spiritual.

Tzimtzum

In fact, the lower something is, not only the higher is its source, but in order to create the lowest from the highest – which is infinetly removed – there needs to be a tzimitzum (concealment of light..)

In order to elevate the lowest you need the highest

Paroah, the lowest kelipah needs Moshe Rabeinu.

Lowest Becomes High

Because they have fallen so low, hence their elevation is so high.

Dirah Bitachtoinim

Heaven was created only for earth –as the goal is for Divinity, to the extent of the actual Divine should be manifested.

Drawing Down G-d

In fact when we elevate the darkness, the light that manifests is infinetly superior (to its source.)

Drawing Down G-d

As is well known, through the repression of evil, and its transformation (to light) the infinite G-d manifests.

Transforming Darkness To Light

This is why prior to our spiritual universe (oilam hatikun) was the world of Tohu, which “shattered,”as G-d desires that we should collect and elevate these fallen“sparks.”

This fulfills G-d intent to have a dwelling below.

Transforming Darkness To Light

This is the meaning “whoever teaches the son of an ignoramus Torah, as he retrieved precious from rubbish,even if there are decrees against him, they will be rescinded,” for the entire goal of G-d is transformation (from darkness to light.)

It’s All Good

Upon acknowledging that everything created is only there to give you freedom of discernment (hence you allow not the vicissitudes, negativity of life, to sway.)

Using The Bad To Spur Good

Furthermore, as the Baal Shem Tov describes – if an anti-semite is trying to disturb your prayers,obviously the reaction should be to ignore – considering that this moment the Divine spark giving him life and speech are in exile, and through this you elevate them – hence in actual fact, the negativity is a plus.

Transforming Darkness To Light

This transformation of darkness to light can take place through a single good thought, speech, and action.

Chassidus Leads To Moshiach

 This transformation that brings Moshiach, is so much more in the spreading of Chassidus (as we know,wisdom of Torah leads to action.)

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The Alter Rebbe’s Mammer Toirah Oir -30A


Ratzu (Divine Desire) Shuv (Return to Earth)

 There is in the heart fire and in the head water (similarly to how the coolness of the moisture/air in the lungs, cool off the overheating of the heart) – so when a person realizes, that their entire reality is nothing, not even a dot relative to the Divine; a desire for the Divine is born – and the only way one can quench this thirst, living on earth; is through engaging in the study of Torah (coming like rain from above) and performing Mitzvos.

Uncovering Our Innate Divine Love

Each one of us, like a cluster of grapes, that only upon squeezing and fermenting, does it yield its hidden wine – similarly, within our hearts is an innate love for G-d; however, as we descend into desiring materialistic things(including sexual) this covers our truest essence – hence to remove our Orlas Haleiv (the covering of our essence) by considering ourselves far less than everyone (humbling ourselves,) we allow our wine to rejoice.

Revealing Our True Love

However, to the extent that we have sinned (especially through wasted seed) hence (even subconsciously we desire foolish things (and hence our mind is preoccupied (not allowing the love of G-d to burst) the solution is, that when we understand, that in order to enter even the lowest level of Gan-Eden,we need to go through “the river of fire” – which we forget all our previous attachments (desires, and likewise in heaven we go from level to level, for each level higher is infinetly beyond) and when we wish to disassociate ourselves from these lusts (etc.) down here,we must cry to G-d, on how distant we have become (including,considering that by putting our mind into these things, we lowered G-d (for G-d is one with us.

Shuv (Bringing G-d To Earth)

We must then desire to be G-d’s host,for within the study of Torah is contained G-d ( and as opposed to emotions that come and go, when we study the Torah we continuously make G-d ever happier.)

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The Rebbe’s Talk – Chanukah International Live Satellite Event – 5752


The Torah begins with the general purpose of mankind, in the verse Breishis – “In the beginning,G-d made heaven and earth.”

Every entity, by it heaven and all within, earth to the most distant molecule, all was formed.

The Torah clarifies (Birieshis means,two prime reasons) The First Is For The Jew and The Second Is For the Torah = in other words, the entire universe was made, that a Jew fulfilling the Torah would sanctify it.

A simple example is before a Jew takes even a sip of water, he makes the blessing Shehakoil Niha… this blessing recognizes that both this bit of water and everything are made by G-d.

Specifically we say that all was created through the Divine word – in other words – everything from heaven to earth and all within is only G-d’s Ten sayings (as we know, G-d created through saying ten sayings (like “let there be light” as explained at length in the second book of the Tanya)recognizing that you, your drink and everything are merely existing through the continuous speech of G-d, causes one to humbly and eagerly fulfill his will.

Even more importantly, the very fact that we say a blessing reveals in this world, G-d.

The main saying of G-d is “let there be light” (which also means revelation) for as when we say a blessing (thanking G-d for his continuous sayings) and we reveal the light, correspondingly G-d continuously sustains a brilliantly beautiful world.

  1. This revelation of light is most emphasized when there is a Mitzvah entertaining the actual kindling of light, such as by Shabbos candles, or by Chanukah.

We kindle both the Shabbos and Chanukah candle in the darkness, namely that even when there is confusion in the world as to right and wrong, a Jew kindles through the clarity of Torah, truth.

In fact Chanukah candles have an advantage that not only were the Jews filled with light, even in the darkest period (and so can you) but furthermore, as we continuously ascend in light (adding a new candle every night) this shows we can(too.)

And most importantly the Chanakuh candles shine light illuminating in the street awakening gentiles to light, so they too conduct themselves according to the seven Noahide laws, bringing peace righteousness and justice.

This of-course is further highlighted by using satellites to create a worldwide Chanukah event.

As everything satellites were enabled by G-d for his glory – such as when we use it, that whoever wishes anywhere in the word can see (the Chanukah event.)

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One of the lessons we see in this event, is that a small child (not yet with the capacity of an adult)can light a single flame which can shine to the whole world.

Regarding to the Jewish people, this event demonstrates that no matter where we are, universally, we are one people, united under one Torah.

Furthermore and most importantly,through gentiles seeing how Jews are united, this add in their ability to fulfill their mission of making the world into a just and righteous locale.

In order for it to be easier for person to understand how their local action have global ramifications, G-d revealed the technology of satellites – as we see in our gathering, that one can speak words of inspiration(regarding lighting Chanukah candles etc.) and these reach through the mechanism of transmitting satellites, literally worldwide.

This technology was revealed primarily in order to enable the world to become a more united place – for example through the internet one can offer to another advice,furthermore, one can immediately transfer money (to assist.)

This is all further highlighted, as we are standing within the messianic era, hence, when the Moshiach will come, there will obviously be the light of the Jewish people (the Chanukah Menorah in the Beis Hamikdosh…) illuminating the entire world.

This is further accentuated by giving out Money to be distributed for charity as we know, our sages teach that charity is great, as it hastens the messianic redemption.

This is further emphasized bearing in-mind the teaching of the Rambam that we should always see the world as 50% righteous, and 50 % wicked, and through my next good deed will tilt the scales bringing Redemption.

And we will speedily go to light the Menorah within the Holy Temple!