With a prayer of gratitude to the Al-mighty we hereby publish the sixteenth volume of Sichos In English, the second volume of 5743. This volume covers the period from Kislev to Nissan 5743 and all of the Farbrengens held during that time are represented.

The free-style translations are structured to appeal to an English speaking reader who is somewhat familiar with the teachings of Chassidus. The Sichos are presented in their original context, in the same form and thought style in which they were originally said, with only slight adaptations or omissions to facilitate the flow of the translation. Great effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the translations; however, they carry no official authority. As in all works of this nature the possibility of inadvertent error exists.

A major theme running through the Sichos delivered in this period is that this year is the one hundredth anniversary of the Yartzeit of the Rebbe Maharash. The Rebbe Shlita explained how the Rebbe Maharash’s famous dictum, “Lechatchilah Ariber — to transcend from the outset,” applies to every aspect of a Jew’s service to G‑d, in all circumstances.

Other topics which received noteworthy discussion by the Rebbe in this period were the inquiry into the war in Lebanon and the importance of teaching the Seven Noachide Laws. Each of these topics is covered by a comprehensive essay (see pages 78 and 296).

A “Moment of Silence” (prayer) in public schools and government financial aid to parochial schools were also topics which the Rebbe spoke of, as well as the importance of impressing on the Soviet government the right of the Jewish people to emigrate based on the laws of the Soviet Union.

In addition to the Sichos in this volume, we also include several communal letters from the Rebbe Shlita for Chanukah, 24th of Teves, Rosh Chodesh Nissan and 11th of Nissan.

Sichos In English

Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5746