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An archive of the "Living Torah," the weekly video magazine featuring the Rebbe's application of Torah to timely events and issues.

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Playing the Fool
Talk
Disc: 132 / Program: 528 Playing the Fool
Event Date: 11 Shevat 5718 • February 01 1958
“Ech Ti” is a chasidic nigun first taught by the Rebbe on Simchas Torah 5718 – 1958. Its words, in Hebrew and Belarusian, revolve around a fool who travels to a market, but doesn’t actually buy or sell anything. ExpandMore
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Speak Up!
Eye to Eye
Disc: 132 / Program: 528 Speak Up!
Event Date: 7 Adar 5750 • March 04 1990
One must take responsibility for the direction one’s students are headed. One must at least make sure they are able read their teacher’s writings!
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Practically Speaking
My Encounter
Disc: 132 / Program: 528 Practically Speaking
Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick relates that his father, known as a powerful orator, once confided in the Rebbe that he wonders how much he is actually accomplishing with his speeches. The Rebbe’s advice to his father is something Rabbi Gutnick still uses today.
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One Sukkah, One Lulav, One People
Talk
Disc: 132 / Program: 527 One Sukkah, One Lulav, One People
Event Date: 13 Tishrei 5741 • September 23 1980
The two central mitzvos of Sukkos, the sukkah and the Four Kinds, have at their core the theme of Jewish unity. ExpandMore
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Hallel – Chol Hamoed Sukkos
Timeless Moment
Disc: 132 / Program: 527 Hallel – Chol Hamoed Sukkos
Reciting Hallel with the Four Kinds during the intermediate days of Sukkos. (October, 1978)
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Fourteen Honored Guests
Eye to Eye
Disc: 132 / Program: 527 Fourteen Honored Guests
Event Date: 18 Tishrei 5751 • October 07 1990
My father-in-law, the Rebbe, revealed that in addition to the seven ushpizin, or supernal guests that visit the sukkah on each night of the festival, there are also seven chasidic ushpizin. In Lubavitch we have fourteen!
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A Helping Hand
My Encounter
Disc: 132 / Program: 527 A Helping Hand
When things became tough financially, Rabbi Yossi Groner decided to travel to the Rebbe for a blessing before Simchas Torah. Before he could say anything, the Rebbe blessed him with improvement in his finances, and even secured a donation. (1991)
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Sharing the Season of Joy
Talk
Disc: 132 / Program: 526 Sharing the Season of Joy
Event Date: 13 Tishrei 5741 • September 23 1980
The yahrzeit of the Rebbe Maharash, the fourth Chabad Rebbe, falls just before Sukkos, a time when Jews busily prepare for the upcoming festival. In recalling his life’s work, we see how the Rebbe Maharash gave up personal comforts, working tirelessly to improve the spiritual and physical lives of Russian Jewry. ExpandMore
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Distributing the Four Kinds
Timeless Moment
Disc: 132 / Program: 526 Distributing the Four Kinds
Event Date: 14 Tishrei 5752 • September 22 1991
The Rebbe inspects lulavim and distributes them to a number of distinguished individuals, concluding with a blessing for good and joyful tidings throughout the year.
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Don’t Rely on My Blessing!
Eye to Eye
Disc: 132 / Program: 526 Don’t Rely on My Blessing!
Event Date: 1 Elul 5751 • August 11 1991
The very fact that you mention this issue to me is an indication that you can do more.
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Secret Mission
My Encounter
Disc: 132 / Program: 526 Secret Mission
Elimelech Leiman relates that when the Rebbe heard about his father’s upcoming trip to the Soviet Union to visit family, he requested to see him. Handing him a bag of esrogim and a secret code, the Rebbe stated, “This mission will be good for them and good for you.”
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Where the Penitent Stands
Talk
Disc: 132 / Program: 525 Where the Penitent Stands
Event Date: 23 Tevet 5741 • December 30 1980
A Talmudic passage about marriage helps us gain a deeper understanding of the journey of teshuva, repentance. ExpandMore
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Nigun Avinu Malkeinu
Timeless Moment
Disc: 132 / Program: 525 Nigun Avinu Malkeinu
Event Date: 18 Elul 5737 • September 01 1977
Chasidim sing Avinu Malkeinu, one of the ten nigunim composed by the Alter Rebbe.
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In the Way of Our Fathers
Eye to Eye
Disc: 132 / Program: 525 In the Way of Our Fathers
Event Date: 4 Tishrei 5751 • September 23 1990
Double what you’ve done until now. If you triple it, I’ll be happy, and so will you!
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All are Believers
My Encounter
Disc: 132 / Program: 525 All are Believers
When Shmuel Blizinsky served in the Israel Defense Forces in the early 1950s, he was only able to find twelve religious soldiers on his entire base. As it turned out, the Rebbe was able to find three thousand. (1951)
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Morale in the IDF
Talk
Disc: 131 / Program: 524 Morale in the IDF
Event Date: 19 Kislev 5734 • December 14 1973
In past generations, the numbers of one’s armies determined the outcome of war. Today, the quality of one’s forces far outweighs the significance of its numbers. This is true with regard to the technological superiority of weaponry, but, and even more so, the superiority of the soldiers themselves. ExpandMore
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Nigun Ata Vechartanu
Timeless Moment
Disc: 131 / Program: 524 Nigun Ata Vechartanu
Event Date: 29 Elul 5740 • September 10 1980
A nigun based on the words from the festival prayers, “You have chosen us from among all the nations.” The Rebbe taught this song on Simchas Torah, 5721, 1960.
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The Strong Jew
Eye to Eye
Disc: 131 / Program: 524 The Strong Jew
Event Date: 23 Nissan 5751 • April 07 1991
Israel must stand strong against all pressures to relinquish land. Our father Abraham was called “Eitan – the Steadfast One,” because he stood strong against all opposition.
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Exceptional Soldiers
My Encounter
Disc: 131 / Program: 524 Exceptional Soldiers
Mr. Yosef Lautenberg was injured in the battle for Jerusalem in 1948, and was one of the founders of the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization. In 1976, he led the Israeli delegation, made up in large part of injured IDF veterans, to the Paralympics in Toronto, and decided to bring the group to New York to visit with the Rebbe. (1976)
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Land for Peace?
Talk
Disc: 131 / Program: 523 Land for Peace?
The nations of the world are watching and waiting: “When will Jews begin to say what they’re really thinking about the Land of Israel?” When Jews start talking diplomatic jargon, begging the nations to take more and more land, in order to curry favor in their eyes – the non-Jew doesn’t believe them, because they’re not speaking as Jews should. ExpandMore
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