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VaYechi 5776 – How Yaakov Avinu Lives Forever – Unity Brings Redemption (Entire Shiur)

*00:00 – Clip: “Yaakov Avinu Didn’t Die” – Tenth of Teves, Yahrzeit of Reb Noson of Nemirov. Blessing our child through placing our hands on their head – why? The essence of a person is daas – wisdom/intelligence.  
03:17 – Yaakov Avinu blesses the sons of Yosef, Ephraim and Menashe.
07:17 – Rebbe Nachman’s emphasis on finding the good points in people and situations. Azamra (“I Will Sing”) – one of the closing teachings in the first part of the Likutey Moharan (Torah 282) is where Reb Noson of Nemirov began his Likutey Halakhos.
10:21 – All the sons of Yaakov unite to say the Shema.
14:04 – שמע ישראל ד’ אלקינו ה’ אחד is the Yichuda Ila-ah (highest level of proclaiming the unity of Hashem). While the whispered statement ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד proclaims the unity of Hashem all the way down to the lowest levels of consciousness and creation. Converts to Judaism bring Moshiach.
19:41 – History: debate about the best way to help Jews trapped behind the “Iron Curtain.”
21:43 – Analogy of princess who enjoys a lowly type of food.
23:32 – Moshe Rabeynu is found in every generation. The qualities of Reb Noson of Nemirov.
24:21 – Moshiach‘s revelation depends on עצה שלמה (the perfection of advice/counsel). One of the names of Moshiach is “Peleh Yoetz” (the “Wondrous Advisor”).
26:21 – Asifa (meeting) vs. Kibbutz (gathering).
28:20 – The importance of עצה שלמה (Aitza Sheleyma) in hastening the final Geulah (redemption).
33:51 – Yaakov Avinu blesses Yehuda whose admission of guilt regarding his behavior toward Tamar was an example of good counsel. Because of this, Moshiach ben Dovid is a descendant of Yehuda.
36:06 – Israel’s ultimate success depends on the unity that only comes about through the perfection of advice/counsel.

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