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LH3-15-Chanukah/ הלכות חנוכה

2020-07-10 – LH3 – OC3 – Chanukah 1 – Raising the Medameh (Imagination) to Sechel (Intellect); All Beginnings are Difficult; Charity on Chanukah; Dreidel

Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
00:00 – INTRODUCTION. This halakha is based on Likutey Moharan 25.
06:00 – The way to defeat the medameh (imagination) is to reveal the greatness of Hashem. Analogy made to putting on the light at night and insects on the floor run away.
09:00 – Revealing the true light hidden in money by giving tzedakah (charity).
10:44 – QUESTION: Clarification about revealing the light of Hashem through charity.
15:19 – PARAGRAPH 1.
21:00 – The lighting of Chanukah candles brings a person out of medameh (the lowest level of sechel – intellect) and into a higher level of sechel.
23:00 – Reference to Likutey Moharan 62 – “All beginnings are difficult.” Analogy made to a moving vehicle.
29:19 – Return to text: “Vezeh bechinos Chanukah…”
30:57 – Why we say Hallel on Chanukah.
32:16 – PARAGRAPH 2. The importance of tzedakah on Chanukah. The meaning of the games played during the festival.
36:09 – Account of Rebbe Nachman’s trip to Eretz Yisrael, when he disguised his greatness by behaving like a child.
39:04 – QUESTION: why didn’t Rebbe Nachman stay in Eretz Yisrael?
41:00 – Reference to Reb Nachman Tcherin’s sefer Zemiras HaAretz.
*42:08 – QUESTION about relocating the tziyun of Rebbe Nachman to Eretz Yisrael. Account of the rescue of the tziyun from the “Five Year Plan” of the soviet government.
46:46 – The kever (gravesite) of a tzaddik is an aspect of Eretz Yisrael. צַדִּיקִים יִירְשׁוּ אָרֶץ “Tzaddikim yirshu Eretz..” “The righteous shall inherit the land…” (Tehillim/Psalms 37:29).

47:30 – Closing remarks: The Three Weeks, Parshas Pinchas.

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