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Rebbe on Lech Licha (5751) quotes

  1. It is a Jewish custom (this was specifically as the cycle of Rambam had completed) to celebrate the completion of  Jewish books, how much more so an entire series – how much more so when this is done by many.
  2. In fact this joy is for all Jews – even those who did not (study.)
  3. Each time we complete and restart the learning cycle (of the Rambam), the joy increases.
  4. This is especially pronounced when the completion is the seventh cycle (as it was then ED.)
  5. This is in light of the teaching of the Rashba, that all completions (of cycles) are symbolized by seven, such as the seven days of the week, the seven types of Jews (united in the single seven branched menorah -as well as the seven thousand years of this world..)
  6. The number eight is an entirely higher category (it protects the seven cycle.)
  7. Eight is the number of Moshiach, hence seven which corresponds to the seven emotions that we must transform (from lust to love, anger to just etc.) is the Avodah (self-refinement) during Galus, but eight – the level of (binah) pure intellect (merging human and Divine understanding – is the messianic dimension.)
  8. This is connected to Avrohom, who until seventy (5) learned, recognized, and served God – but as this was from him, this was limited – the command to “go to Israel” was about entering the eighth (messianic) unlimited potential (dimension.)
  9. This is also why we do Milah (which in messianic terms is, “I will remove the mila of the heart”) on the eighth.
  10. To get the eighth dimension – which is beyond human understanding, it necessitates, the Divine.
  11. We must publicize regarding the learning of the Rambam, so all Jews can participate in knowing all of God’s laws.
  12. Today, increasing a person’s Jewish observance is nothing less, than saving a life – which as we know, the Mitzvah begins (not with the lowest) but greatest.
  13. The mechanism to effect another – is never through “holier than though” – but going to where they are, and meeting them “on their turf.”
  14. When one seeks to influence, one must leave one’s noble level, and enter into the mentality and courtesies of the other (so they can identify and receive.)
  15. May our undertaking, to influence others and increasing the learning of Rambam speedily hasten the arrival of Moshiach.

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