At 8:00 p.m. on the second day of Shavuos, the farbrengen commenced with the Rebbe entering the hall. Beforehand, we had washed and made hamotzie. It was a very freilicher farbrengen.

Here follows a little of what the Rebbe said:

It is a well-known fact that our forefathers – and our ancestors while in Egypt – studied Torah and kept mitzvos. It is also recorded that Adam, the very first human, learned and practiced the Torah. Why then is there all this excitement and fuss when G‑d gave us the Torah?

When mentioning Torah in conjunction with Avrohom, G‑d calls it “My Torah,” it remained the Almighty’s. By contrast, after the Almighty gave us His Torah it became our Torah. This is why Shavuos is called Z’man Matan Toroseinu (the time of the giving of our Torah).

Avraham, and the others who studied Torah and fulfilled its precepts, did so on their own accord. They were never instructed by G‑d to observe His Torah, thus they could never make it their own. Avrohom was on a very lofty spiritual level, but it was still his own level and – no matter how elevated that was – it was limited, after all, by his humanity.

After the Torah was given by G‑d Almighty, the Torah was able to become the “possession” of the Jewish people. Now when we study Torah because G‑d instructed us to study and keep the Torah, it becomes our Torah.

[My son-in-law, Rabbi Shmuel Lew, explained this concept to the children of Beis Rivkah School by way of a simple analogy. If you wish to buy a gift for someone, you are limited by how much you can afford, $1, $10 or even $100. But if a multi-millionaire buys a gift, it can be so expensive, as to be incomprehensible to someone who does not deal with such large sums.]

When a gift comes from Avrohom (or from any human), it has human limitations. G‑d gave us His Torah; this is an unbounded and unlimited gift which then became ours. Therefore, we are able to reach an even higher level than Avrohom by following and studying the Torah. But, we do need to “work on it.”

Prior to the giving of the Torah on Shavuos, human beings were unable to connect “heaven” to “earth.” As holy as they were, Avrohom was unable to connect the spiritual energy with the physical acts. That power now exists.

Though tefillin are made solely from animal parts, they are holy (some have the custom to fast if tefillin fall). This is so because, by fulfilling

G‑d’s Will, we obtain a G‑dly power to elevate and eternally permeate with holiness the physical components we utilize to serve Him with.

[Rabbi Groner later explained it this way: electricity could be compared to “spiritual” energy, since it cannot be seen. A light bulb made of glass, a physical contraption, has no handy energy of its own. Nevertheless, when we join the unseen power with the glass, we obtain a third force, light.]

By joining the spiritual to the material, we are able to accomplish a great deal. Through our efforts, we obtain holiness.

This happy and joyful Shavuos farbrengen concluded with the Rebbe leading the bentching. We then davened maariv, the Rebbe made havdalah and distributed kos shel brocha to every person present. The Rebbe always waited until every single person had been personally served. The Rebbe left 770 for home at 4:30 in the morning!