This Chof Av, Sichos in English brings a Chof Av farbrengen of the Rebbe to you. Honor the Rebbe’s father by learning an abbreviated transcript of the Chof Av 5745 farbrengen with the Rebbe, which commemorated Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s 41st yahrzeit.
An auspicious day cherished by the Rebbe is a day marked by Chassidim as well. Such is Chof Av, the yahrzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father. Living under the communist regime, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok is known for his infallible mesiras nefesh and devotion to Hashem and the Jewish People.
In countless sichos, the Rebbe explained the significance of a yahrzeit. “The involvement in Yiddishkeit on the yahrzeit of a Tzaddik strengthens the influence of the Tzaddik.” The Rebbe showed deep appreciation to those who partook in commemorating his father’s yahrzeit. When commemorating one’s yahrzeit and learning the baal hahilula’s Torah, both the tzaddik and the learner are reaping benefits.
This Chof Av, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s yahrzeit, Sichos in English brings a Chof Av farbrengen of the Rebbe to you. Honor the Rebbe’s father by learning an abbreviated transcript of the Chof Av 5745 farbrengen with the Rebbe, which commemorated Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s 41st yahrzeit.
Sichah 1 — A Mesirus Nefesh Yid
Learn about the true nature of a Yid, undeniable Mesiras Nefesh, through which Rabbi Levi Yitzchok lived his life. Though Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s entire life was filled with self-sacrifice and sanctity, the Rebbe focuses on his histalkus, a seeming halt to his life work, illuminating it with positivity and purpose.
Sichah 2 — Is a Yahrzeit a Positive Event or Not?
When understanding the effect of a yahrzeit, there’s a paradox and a question. It seems positive, but the reality is sad. Is a yahrzeit positive or negative? The unique dynamic of finding significance in less opportune moments is explained through understanding how to live with emunah and bitachon simultaneously — having faith that what happens is for the best, yet demanding a favorable outcome.
Sichah 3 — A Yahrtzeit is Enlivening
This Sicha discusses how a yahrzeit should lead to an increase of life. Life is characterized by growth, and the Rebbe connects this feature of life to children who display it the most. Included are directives in connection to chinuch, specifically through the summer months.
May the learning bring to fruition the Rebbe’s words in this farbrengen, “Commemoration of a yahrzeit in this manner [learning] adds to the merit of the Jewish people as a whole and hastens the coming of the Mashiach and, afterward, the ultimate reward of Techiyas Hameisim.”
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