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 10, Bereishis, Sicha 1
The way a writer opens his work reveals much about his fundamental thrust and intent. This is certainly true when speaking about a Torah giant like Rashi, whose precise choice of wording has attracted the careful attention of scholars over the course of history.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 15, Bereishis, Sicha 3
Any parent who has deliberated over the choice of a name for his or her child appreciates how significant names are. As the Midrash emphasizes, the ability to give a name is a unique potential vested in mankind, a sign that man’s wisdom surpasses that of the angels. However, the Rebbe highlights ithat more than merely reflecting man’s intellectual and spiritual capacities, this potential mandates a mission.
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 1, Noach, 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 in Ur Kasdim. Why then is this story not told – or even directly hinted at – in the Written Torah?
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 30, Noach, Sicha 1
There is an age-old argument regarding the stories of the Tanach. There are those outside the Torah tradition who maintain that they are mere allegories, told with the intent of imparting lessons. Conversely, the Torah world upholds the validity of the Tanach’s narratives, postulating that the stories describe events that happened exactly as told. A genuine Torah perspective combines both approaches.
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 1, Lech Lecha, Sicha 1
Avraham had two sons: Yishmael and Yitzchak. From the contrast between them, we can derive lessons fundamental to parenting, and learn that the greatest nachas, satisfaction, parents derive from their children is seeing them continuing their legacy.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 15, Lech Lecha, Sicha 3
The sequence of the first three parshiyos of the Torah reflect three different epochs in the world’s spiritual history.
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, Vayeira
Throughout the 1950s, the Jewish world was still smarting from the wounds of the Holocaust. In those trying years, the Rebbe cultivated a forward-looking orientation, focusing on Jewish youth and how to groom them to take leadership roles in promoting Jewish identity and education.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 25, Vayeira, Sicha 3
What is better: establishing a bond with G‑d based on your knowledge, understanding, and will, or accepting such a bond with simple faith, without considering one’s own will or thought?
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 20, Chayei Sarah
We all pray. At times, we see our prayers answered on this physical plane. However, there is usually an interval between the time we offer our supplications and the manifestation of G‑d’s response.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 15, Chayei Sarah
Every Jewish woman and girl, even a young child at the age of three who kindles the Shabbos lights, possesses a great power that even Avraham and Yitzchak’s Shabbos lights did not have.
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.
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 2, Mishpatim 2
The Torah begins describing the preparations for the Giving of the Torah in Parshas Yisro. The next Torah reading, Parshas Mishpatim, commences with the enumeration of the Torah’s civil laws. Afterwards, the Torah seemingly returns to a description of the preparations for the Giving of the Torah. Why does the Torah depart from the chronological order when relating these passages?

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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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