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From Sea to Sea
Disc: 168 / Program: 672 | Talk
Event Date: 12 Tammuz, 5733 • July 12, 1973
“May he rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.” The commentaries on the verse explain that these words in Psalms refer to Moshiach. But being that all the revelations we’ll experience in the times of Moshiach will reflect our effort before his arrival, as it turns out, we need not wait to begin actualizing this verse. ExpandMore
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Nigun Yifrach
Disc: 168 / Program: 672 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 12 Tammuz, 5733 • July 12, 1973
Chassidim sing a lively Nigun at a farbrengen on 12 Tammuz in 1973. This Nigun was introduced at the farbrengen on Nissan 11, 5733, commemorating the 71st birthday of the Rebbe.
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Hastening the Redemption
Disc: 168 / Program: 672 | Eye to Eye
The Talmud says that each new Jewish home, hastens Moshiach's arrival, and that the birth of every Jewish child hastens his coming (Collage).
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Yours Faithfully
Disc: 168 / Program: 672 | My Encounter
Esther Solomon is a veteran educator living in Israel. In 1969, she was diagnosed with an inability to give birth. Desperate for her own children, she and her husband flew to New York and arranged an audience with the Rebbe. After reprimanding them for not placing more faith in G-d, the Rebbe gave the couple a blessing. But the story only reached its conclusion many years later.
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A Love of the Land
Disc: 168 / Program: 671 | Talk
Event Date: 15 Tammuz, 5746 • July 22, 1986
The Torah relates how after Tzelafchad died without leaving any sons, his daughters appeared before Moses with a claim that they should be their father’s heirs. G-d agreed and commanded Moses to write this into Jewish law. ExpandMore
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Farbrengen
Disc: 168 / Program: 671 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 23 Tammuz, 5742 • July 14, 1982
The Rebbe asks that a bottle received from a farbrengen which took place in Beirut during the Lebanon war, be distributed at the farebrengen and in Camp Gan Israel.
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Knesset Matters
Disc: 168 / Program: 671 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 26 Elul, 5750 • September 16, 1990
Eitan Bar Eliyahu, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Knesset in Israel visits the Rebbe. He presents the Rebbe a picture of the Knesset in session during a speech by Prime Minister Shamir.
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A Painful Solution
Disc: 168 / Program: 671 | My Encounter
Eliezer Shefer serves as chairman of the World Organization of Orthodox Communities and Synagogues in Israel and the Diaspora. In 1971, he and two of his colleagues had an audience with the Rebbe. At the time, Jerusalem was dealing with friction between segments of its community. Pained about the goings-on on both sides of the fighting, the Rebbe suggested a practical solution to try to tamp down the hostilities.
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Better Than a Vacation
Disc: 168 / Program: 670 | Talk
Event Date: 20 Av, 5711 • August 22, 1951
Most of us see the summer months as an opportunity to relax with time off from work or school. Not so the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson. In fact, far from relaxing, he launched a special program to take advantage of the vacation. ExpandMore
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Afternoon Prayers on Tammuz 17
Disc: 168 / Program: 670 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 11 Tammuz, 5747 • July 08, 1987
The Rebbe reads the Haftarah during the Mincha services on the fast of the 17th of Tammuz.
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Good Things Come with Hard Work
Disc: 168 / Program: 670 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 3 Tevet, 5750 • December 31, 1989
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It’s Who You Are
Disc: 168 / Program: 670 | My Encounter
Rabbi Tzvi Grunblatt is the regional director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Argentina. In this account from 1976, he recalls his first shot at promoting the teachings of Judaism and Chassidism. After complaining to the Rebbe about what he felt was his lack of success, the Rebbe rejected this notion. The Rebbe’s answer, beyond inspiring him, is sure to remind of our own privileges and responsibilities.
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Not Alone
Disc: 168 / Program: 669 | Talk
Event Date: 12 Tammuz, 5737 • June 28, 1977
12 Tammuz marks the anniversary of the Previous Rebbe’s release from Soviet prison where he was jailed for the “crime” of promoting Judaism. Far from retreating under pressure from the Communist regime, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak fought the Jews’ oppressors and with a small group of devoted Chassidim, succeeded in keeping Judaism alive in Russia. But his amazing and inspiring story raises a fundamental question: How is it that one solitary individual was able to stand against a tyrannical world power? ExpandMore
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Farbrengen - 13 Tammuz, 5736
Disc: 168 / Program: 669 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 13 Tammuz, 5736 • July 11, 1976
Scenes from a farbrengen celebrating the 12th of Tammuz, the anniversary of the Previous Rebbe’s release from Soviet prison where he was jailed for the “crime” of promoting Judaism.
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Good Reports
Disc: 168 / Program: 669 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 21 Nissan, 5751 • April 05, 1991
Rabbi Dovid Hollander visits the Rebbe and discusses returning to Soviet Russia to help the Jews being oppressed under the Communist regime.
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A Message for the President
Disc: 168 / Program: 669 | My Encounter
Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff is the regional director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Texas. In 1973, when President Zalman Shazar of Israel was in Houston, Rabbi Lazaroff was among the local Jewish leaders invited to meet him at the airport. On the Rebbe’s advice, Rabbi Lazaroff took up the invitation and reminded President Shazar of his roots in Chabad.
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Nothing Has Changed
Disc: 167 / Program: 668 | Talk
Event Date: 12 Tammuz, 5711 • July 16, 1951
The Talmud states that Samson ruled for forty years, yet the verse states that he only ruled for twenty? In answer to this apparent discrepancy the Talmud declares: He influenced them for twenty years after his passing, thus extending the years of his leadership of the Jewish nation. In this passionate talk delivered at a farbrengen celebrating the liberation of his father-in-law from prison, the Previous Rebbe, the Rebbe explains why our circumstances aren’t so different today.
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A Rebbe’s Connection
Disc: 167 / Program: 668 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 10 Shevat, 5722 • January 15, 1962
At a farbrengen commemorating the passing of his father-in-law, the Rebbe spoke about the difference between a Rebbe and a leader.
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Global Connection
Disc: 167 / Program: 668 | Eye to Eye
People from different communities around the world greet the Rebbe by Sunday Dollars. (Collage)
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A Few Realistic Words
Disc: 167 / Program: 668 | My Encounter
As a young teenager, Charles Ramat would sometimes chauffer his teacher from time to time. Once, when his teacher had an audience with the Rebbe, Charles took the opportunity to ask the Rebbe’s advice in regards to his mother’s terminal illnes. The Rebbe’s realistic prognosis helped him deal with the eventual outcome. (1968)
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