In one of the most bizarre Talmudic stories (Megilah 7b), two of the greatest Talmudic sages feast on Purim together. They are inebriated and one of them slaughters his friend. The next day he brings him back to life. The following year he invites his colleague for another Purim meal.
In 1985, on the Shabbos after Purim, “770” was stunned when the Rebbe began addressing the story in Gemarah about Rabah slaughtering Reb Zeira by the Purim Feast.
“You can hear a pin-drop in the entire 770, as the Rebbe spoke of the story,” Rabbi Jacobson recalls. “How is it possible that a Sage should murder another human being on Purim because he was drunk?!”
The Rebbe, over the next 45 minutes, re-invented the meaning of the story, and shared three unusual stories to illustrate the idea. Watch the class by Rabbi Jacobson, reviewing and explaining this talk of the Rebbe.