With a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Al-mighty we proudly present to the English speaking public volume 24 of Sichos In English. This volume covers the period from Shabbos Parshas Chaye Sarah up to and including Yud Shevat of the year 5745.

The free-style translations of the Sichos are structured to appeal to the English-speaking reader who has some basic familiarity with the teachings of Chassidus. The original contexts of the Sichos are generally maintained, and the form and style in which they were said is adhered to. Only slight adaptations or omissions have been permitted, when it facilitates the smooth flow of the translation. As always, great effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the translations; however, they carry no official authorization. As in all works of this nature the possibility of inadvertent error exists.

During the period covered in this volume the Rebbe emphasized, on several occasions, the importance of teaching the Seven Noachide Laws to the gentile nations and the importance of instituting a “Moment of Silence” in the public school systems of the nation. In a Sicha to senior citizens he spoke of the need for more activity as a person grows older and the importance of influencing the government to show kindness and mercy to all who are in need.

There was a Sicha addressed to the women, stressing that a woman’s gentle nature gives her the greater ability to influence and educate children.

On the Rambam’s Yartzeit the Rebbe elaborated on the Rambam’s rule concerning cities of refuge, and showed that even an unworthy student can be helped with the light of Torah.

In addition to the regular Sichos we also include in this volume the essay “What is a Jew?” which discusses the importance of Torah in Jewish life, and the essay “Shalom AleichemAleichem Shalom” which emphasized the importance of bringing unity out of diversity.

The publication of this volume gives witness to the selfless and untiring efforts of the devoted director of Sichos In English, Rabbi Yonah Avtzon. During the last year, following the call of the Rebbe Shlita, Sichos In English has greatly expanded its activities and has undertaken the project of translating Rambam’s Mishneh Torah and Sefer Hamitzvos on cassette tapes as well as setting up telephone Rambam study lines in 35 cities, worldwide. This is in addition to the regular publications of Sichos In English — Sefer Hama’amarim and Likkutei Dibburim in English translation.

All of these monumental tasks are under the personal supervision of Rabbi Avtzon.

It is therefore fitting and appropriate that dear family friends from Los Angeles, California, have undertaken to dedicate this volume of Sichos In English to the memory of the late Reb. Cheyena Avtzon the beloved mother of Rabbi Yonah Avtzon, may her memory be a blessing for us all.

Sichos In English

27th Day of Sivan, 5746