Once inaccessible to many, Reb Levik’s Torah is now presented in a clear manner. Listen to short recordings in English by Rabbi Moshe Gourarie.
One of the fundamental themes in the teachings of Reb Levik is the preciseness of every detail in Torah, even seemingly insignificant ones. Reb Levik shows how the name of the sage, which indicates his spiritual nature, is connected to the teaching itself.
Another classic example are numbers that are relevant to a halacha. One might assume that the various numbers associated with a mitzvah are either technical or merely practical. For instance, the Mishna states בן חמש שנים למקרא – one starts learning Chumash at five years old. Seemingly, this is because at that age, a child has the intellectual capabilities to grasp the concepts learned. In truth, the age of five has a fundamental connection with the spiritual level associated with learning Chumash.
If one knows where to look, one would discover that Reb Levik’s seforim contain many beautiful insights, ones that can be understood and appreciated even by the average person. While discussing a mitzvah, halacha or passuk, Reb Levik shows how no detail is insignificant, weaving together a tapestry to create a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the challenge of finding these insights can seem insurmountable, as they are buried among pages and pages of deep Kabbalistic explanations.
In recent years, efforts have been made to make these gems accessible. Foremost among them is the Yalkut Levi Yitzchok series on the Torah by Rabbi Dovid Dubov, shliach to Princeton, NJ. Others include a weekly publication with an insight on the weekly Parsha, an English translation of Reb Levik’s letters, and an English adaptation.
Here, on Anash.org, we have also made a modest contribution to this lofty goal. Over the past few months, almost every week, we have posted audio class taught by Rabbi Moshe Gourarie, mashpia in Pomona, NY, and editor of Chassidus Mevueres on Tanya. Generally, no longer than a couple of minutes, these classes present a short d’var torah from Reb Levik’s seforim.
As Chof Av approaches, no doubt many chassidim recall the letter of the Rebbe from 5744 where the Rebbe writes “It is my obligation and great zechus to suggest, request, etc., that everyone study from his teachings at the farbrengen”. We present you the shiurim below to help fulfill the Rebbe’s special request.