Beis Moshiach presents the maamer the Rebbe MH”M delivered on Yud Shvat 5716, in accordance with the custom established by the Rebbe to review each year a section of the Rebbe Rayatz’s maamer Basi L’Gani of 5710. • This year we focus on the sixth section of the profound and foundational Chassidic discourse.
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The rivalry between Yoseph and his brothers parallels the rivalries between Cain and Hevel; Yitzchak and Yishmoel; Yaakov and Eisav. Sibling rivalry reaches its nadir when Yosef’s brothers plot to kill him. Yoseph was given preferential treatment by their father and had made a point of declaring his superiority to them by recounting his dreams that prophetically predicted their subservience to him.
Yosef experienced many challenges in his young life; he was hated by his brothers, thrown by them into a pit, subsequently sold to total strangers, and resold several times until his ultimate arrival in Egypt. In spite of this trauma, the Torah records a very successful Yosef emerging from all of these hardships. First, in Potiphar’s house the pasuk gives a positive report of Yosef’s success in running the entire household, which is impressive for someone who was so viscously suppressed with torturous abuse. Then, after he was thrown into prison on false pretenses, the Torah gives even better news, that Yosef reached even greater success
On Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sara, Mr. Yitzchak Navon, fifth president of the State of Israel (5738-5743), passed away at the age of ninety-four. He served many years in positions of power in Eretz Yisroel, maintaining regular contact with Chabad Chassidim and the Rebbe. His nephew’s son-in-law, Nosson Avraham, a regular columnist with Beis Moshiach Magazine, reveals aspects of Mr. Navon’s life story from a Chassidic and family perspective: Why didn’t Mr. Navon travel to the Rebbe? What did he hear from his friends who did visit the Rebbe? What did he suggest in a meeting with Reshet students and how did the Rebbe respond? What ‘t’shura’ did the Rebbe send to him with his personal signature, and what was his connection to his nephew, who became a Chabad Chassid? Presented in commemoration of the Shloshim on Erev Chanukah
What connection is there between giving out siddurim in Germany to setting up a menorah in the center of a university campus? Why did R’ Yehuda Leib Levin’s granddaughter cry and what moved R’ Kanelsky’s parents? How did the rich man’s son manage to “do something” for Chanuka and what inspired the Jewesses in Secaucus? Where was a menorah placed thanks to one doughnut and where did $5000 have to be paid to place one menorah? And also, who does a favor for whom at Newark airport? * R’ Mordechai Kanelsky, director of Bris Avrohom in New Jersey, who brings the light of Chanuka to 20 million people every year tells eight tales about light
In this week’s Parsha we learn of the descent of Yosef HaTzaddik into slavery in Egypt. This eventually led to the entire Jewish people going to Egypt and the entire story of Yetzias Mitzrayim.
…a few days ago I came here on shlichus to the neighborhood next to yours. I want to discuss with you how to go about doing Mivtza Chanuka with the soldiers, policemen, and firemen.