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An hour-long excerpt from a 1980 recording of the Rebbe’s pre-Sukkot gathering on the 13th day of the month of Tishrei, the yahrzeit of the fourth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Schneerson (1834–1882).

Pre-Sukkot Gathering

Pre-Sukkot Gathering

A 1980 gathering with the Rebbe, of righteous memory

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Pre-Sukkot Gathering: A 1980 gathering with the Rebbe, of righteous memory

An hour-long excerpt from a 1980 recording of the Rebbe’s pre-Sukkot gathering on the 13th day of the month of Tishrei, the yahrzeit of the fourth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Schneerson (1834–1882).
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Farbrengen, R. Shmuel of Lubavitch, Sukkot

Farbrengen Program:

Beginning—Welcome to the Farberengen

0:40—Song: “L’chatchila Ariber”
The Rebbe instructs those assembled to sing “L’chatchila Ariber,” a melody attributed to the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, R’ Shmuel Schneerson, whose yahrzeit was being commemorated on the day of the gathering.

4:26—Talk 1: Straight over the Top
The fourth Rebbe’s motto was l’chatchila ariber, which means “straight over the top.” All of us can apply this same exuberance to all of our pursuits. In the couple of days before the festival of Sukkot begins, we can still display an attitude of l’chatchila ariber in providing holiday needs for those who are less fortunate.

39:40—Song: “V’samachta”
This joyous melody is set to the words of the verse “And you shall rejoice in your festival . . . and you will be only happy” (Deuteronomy 16:14–15).

45:27—Talk 2: Sukkot and Jewish Unity
The main mitzvot of this holiday symbolize the unity of the Jewish people. The sukkah literally surrounds and brings Jewish people together. The Four Kinds represent the diversity of the Jewish people. These are signs of Jewish oneness that even the non-Jewish nations can recognize.

1:00:10—Song: “Tzam’ah L’cha Nafshi”
“My soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You; (as one) in a desolate and dry land without water, so (I thirst) to see You in the Sanctuary, to behold Your might and glory” (Psalms 63:2–3).

1:03:10—After Blessings and Song “Nyet Nyet”
The Rebbe reminds anyone who needs to make a concluding blessing on food to do so. As he leaves, he begins the song “Nyet Nyet.”

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