Selections from Likkutei Sichos

Insights into the Weekly Parshah by the Lubavitcher Rebbe

The Rebbe's Likkutei Sichos revolutionizes Torah study, Jewish life, and G-dly experience. Now, for the first time ever, a curated selection of the original Likkutei Sichos is available in English.

Likkutei Sichos, Volume 10, Bereishis, Sicha 2
Light fascinates and intrigues. Plants are drawn to light, and people also seek it out. Anyone who goes out on a sunny day after a few days of clouds and fog will tell you that the sun’s rays are inviting and invigorating. Why it has that effect we do not know, but the energy it generates is almost tangible.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 15, Noach, Sicha 2
In the sixties and seventies, a topic that was frequently featured in Jewish journals and public discussions was whether there was a conflict between Torah and science. In a world where scientific breakthroughs were rapidly changing the complexion of day-to-day life, there were those in the Torah community who felt on the defensive, as if they had to justify clinging to a tradition that had originated thousands of years earlier.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 25, Sicha 1
From early childhood on, we have been taught the story of Avraham breaking his father’s idols and his self-sacrifice in spreading the awareness of G‑d. Why is this story not told – or even directly hinted at – in the Written Torah?
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 20, Sicha 3
Martyrdom has, unfortunately, been a feature of the Jews’ Divine service over the course of history. However, on the surface, this phenomenon is not unique to our people. Many others have sacrificed their lives for their faiths, ideals, and values. Is there any difference between a Jew’s self-sacrifice and that of a non-Jew?
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 3
The Sages’ describe Sarah as a paradigm of a righteous person who “was perfect and whose years were perfect.” Why was Sarah chosen as the exemplar of one who possessed these two qualities, what is implied by the Sages’ use of the term “perfect,” and why did our Sages associate a righteous person’s inner perfection with the perfection of their years.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 25, Sicha 2
There are two Torah readings that begin in a similar manner with the words "Toldos," Parshas Noach and Parshas Toldos. Why is it that specifically this Torah reading is called Toldos?
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 30, Sicha 2
The Yissachar-Zevulun relationship is a frequently highlighted theme in Torah literature. The tribe of Zevulun would be involved in commercial activity and would provide for Yissachar in order that the latter could occupy themselves with Torah study. But who’s work was actually more lofty?
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 35, Vayishlach Sicha 3
“It is the duty of chassidic women and girls to stand in the front line of every activity [that seeks] to strengthen the observance of Yiddishkeit.” This excerpt from a letter, written back in 5696 (1936), reflects a trend that was developed and grew under the Rebbe’s leadership – empowering of Jewish women and urging them to emerge from the background of society and to utilize their Divinely-endowed talents.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 3, Vayeishev
Long before Freud and others spoke of the significance of dreams, our Sages understood that dreams teach volumes about who a person is, what his aspirations are, and what his future may be. Here, the Rebbe analyzes Yosef’s dreams and explains the lessons that can be derived from them, not only for him but for the Jewish people for all time.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 30, Mikeitz, Sicha 2
The Torah reading relates that after Yosef’s brothers expressed remorse for selling Yosef, Reuven tells them, “Didn’t I tell you…, ‘Do not sin against the youth,’ but you did not listen? Behold, his blood, too, is being demanded!” Seemingly, Reuven’s words are out of place. Why would he cause his brothers further pain and increase the weight of their guilt?
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 10, Vayigash, Sicha 1
When is it appropriate to cry, and when one must roll up one’s sleeves and take action.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 20, Vayechi, Sicha 1
Imagine if the Jews who lived through the Holocaust or the Khmelnitsky pogroms had learned that Mashiach would not come in their time. What would they have felt?
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 36, Shemot
When Jews who felt distress and challenge would turn to their Rebbe, the Rebbe imparted the inner strength, hope, and security that empowered them to overcome the obstacles they faced from within and without.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 36, Va'eira
There are times when we feel overwhelmed by the events around us. When ominous events of a large scale transpire, it is natural to sense our own intrinsic smallness and perhaps feel intimidated by the worrisome nature of what is occurring.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 3, Beshalach
A Jew’s Divine service must combine two opposite thrusts. His or her own work and labor are necessary. Simultaneously, however, it is demanded from him or her to rise above their personal self.

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Translated by Eliyahu Touger and Sholom B Wineberg.
Insights into the Weekly Parshah by the Lubavitcher Rebbe selected from the Likkutei Sichos series.
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