This volume is the fourth volume of 5744, covering the Sichos delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita, at the Farbrengens that took place during the period from Iyar to Tammuz of 5744. Every Farbrengen held during that time is included, and the sichos are adapted and translated into English, in a free style.

The translations are structured to appeal to an English speaking reader who is somewhat familiar with the teachings of Chassidus. The Sichos are not altered in context, but are presented, with slight changes, in the same form and thought style in which they were originally said. Great effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the translations; however, they carry no official authority. As in all translations, the possibility of inadvertent error exists.

A major theme running through the Sichos delivered in this period is that this year is a leap year. The Rebbe explained at length the lessons to be derived from the sun and moon, from the solar and lunar years, and from a leap year which reconciles the two. A further point stressed by the Rebbe was that this year is of the longest possible duration for a year — 385 days.

Another major topic was initiated by the Rebbe during this period and became a regular feature of every Farbrengen. Having introduced the custom of studying Rambam daily, during the Farbrengens of Pesach 5744, the Rebbe cited and analyzed a segment of Rambam at each Farbrengen. Following the cycle established of completing the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah in one year, the Rebbe regularly chose an Halachah from the Rambam according to the division of three chapters a day. In addition to his Halachic insights and commentaries on these Halachos, the Rebbe always derived a moral lesson from the daily Rambam section.

Sichos In English

Yud Aleph (11th) Nissan, 5745