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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.

Living Torah Archives

Living Torah Archives

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How a Father Acts
Disc: 157 / Program: 625 | Talk
Event Date: 30 Av, 5742 • August 19, 1982
The verse commands: “You shall surely rebuke your fellow.” Nevertheless, one must deliver the rebuke joyfully, good-naturedly, and gently. ExpandMore
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Children’s rally
Disc: 157 / Program: 625 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 28 Av, 5749 • August 29, 1989
Children returning from summer camp recite the Twelve Torah passages before being addressed by the Rebbe.
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A Month for Inspection
Disc: 157 / Program: 625 | Eye to Eye
During the month of Elul it is customary to check one’s tefillin and mezuzos. Be sure to get yours checked and have a sweet new year.
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West Meets East – Part 1
Disc: 157 / Program: 625 | My Encounter
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer recalls the life changing audience in which the Rebbe brought the plight of the Jewish community in Japan to his attention, along with the suggestion that he might hold the solution to their problem. (1960's)
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Prisoners are People
Disc: 156 / Program: 624 | Talk
Event Date: 14 Adar II, 5736 • March 16, 1976
While the modern legal system has prisons at the core of its establishment, the Torah never features prison as a form of punishment, even as a deterrent. This, because the idea of locking someone up is antithetical to the nature of humanity. According to the Torah, a person was put on this earth for a purpose. Withholding one’s ability to achieve that purpose is the most inhumane treatment he can possibly suffer. ExpandMore
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Dollars
Disc: 156 / Program: 624 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 19 Av, 5748 • August 02, 1988
The Rebbe distributes dollars on the anniversary of the passing of his father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson
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The Aleph Institute
Disc: 156 / Program: 624 | Eye to Eye
May you merit to be an Aleph; a leader. But don’t stop at Aleph; move onto Beis, then Gimmel, until Taf.
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The Greatest Custom
Disc: 156 / Program: 624 | My Encounter
While visiting from France, Rabbi Yaakov Spitetzky was confused as to why the Rebbe seemed to ignore him during one of their meetings. It was some information that he later received from the Rebbe’s secretary that touches and inspires him till this day. (1968)
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Engineering Light
Disc: 156 / Program: 623 | Talk
Event Date: 30 Av, 5742 • August 19, 1982
Windows are designed to be narrow on the inside and wide on the outside, to spread their light to a larger space. The windows in the Temple, however, were fitted the other way around, representing the fact that the function of the Temple’s windows were for precisely the opposite purpose. While regular windows are meant to bring light into a structure, the Temple’s windows were to bring light outside of them; sharing the light of Judaism with the rest of the world. We find a similar idea in Maimonides drawing of the Menorah, symbolizing the import of taking the light of the Menorah, the light of the Torah, and sharing it with the rest of the world. ExpandMore
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Tisha B’av
Disc: 156 / Program: 623 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 10 Av, 5751 • July 21, 1991
Scenes from the morning prayers on the fast of Tisha B’av, which that year fell out on Shabbos and was observed on Sunday.
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Rebuilding the Temple
Disc: 156 / Program: 623 | Eye to Eye
In the spirit of building a replica of the Temple, may you merit to help in building the third Temple with Moshiach.
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Summer in the Caribbean
Disc: 156 / Program: 623 | My Encounter
In 1959, the Rebbe sent Rabbi Shmuel Pesach Bogomilsky to the caribbean Islands, to help strengthen the local Jewish community. Upon landing at the airport in Barbados, he met an estranged Jew who sought to develop a relationship with the Rebbe. Little did he know, that this one small connection would lead to some very big achievements.
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Two States of Being
Disc: 156 / Program: 622 | Talk
Event Date: 11 Nissan, 5733 • April 13, 1973
The soul of every Jew is an “actual part of God” to which God wishes to grant the ultimate good. This unparalleled opportunity for metamorphosis is possible only when the soul descends into a body, into an environment which is hostile to spirituality. ExpandMore
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Farbrengen
Disc: 156 / Program: 622 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 17 Kislev, 5741 • November 25, 1980
On the 17th of Kislev in 1980, the Rebbe held a farbrengen in the afternoon. Following this unusual occurrence, the Rebbe addressed chasidim as they prepared for the afternoon services.
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Abandoning Ship
Disc: 156 / Program: 622 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 1 Tammuz, 5750 • June 24, 1990
I hope you haven’t forgotten about your responsibility as a professor. May you continue to have the desired impact on your students.
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A Healer’s Job
Disc: 156 / Program: 622 | My Encounter
Uriel Ash was riding his bike one day when he was hit by a car and knocked unconscious. After putting him through various tests in the hospital, the doctors despaired and gave up on trying to save his life. In their desperation, the Ashes asked the Rebbe for advice and blessing. While seemingly unremarkable, it was a few words from the Rebbe, which guided the young boy to a miraculous recovery. (1987)
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All Year Round
Disc: 156 / Program: 621 | Talk
Event Date: 12 Tammuz, 5745 • July 01, 1985
When it comes to educating young children, how could yeshivas or Jewish schools shut down for the summer?! Torah is our life-source, how can one stop learning for even one day of the year?! ExpandMore
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Farbrengen
Disc: 156 / Program: 621 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 30 Av, 5742 • August 19, 1982
At the conclusion of a farbrengen, the Rebbe hands a small bottle of vodka to Rabbi Dovid Raskin, and instructs him to use its contents toward a farbrengen in Crown Heights, and to have some of it sent to camp Gan Yisroel for a farbrengen there as well.
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Swiss Air
Disc: 156 / Program: 621 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 3 Av, 5748 • July 17, 1988
As Rabbi in Switzerland, ensure that people come there for spiritual purposes as well, not just the fresh air.
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Not a Scratch!
Disc: 156 / Program: 621 | My Encounter
Rabbi Yisroel Shemtov was a sixteen year old student in 1956. He recalls the Rebbe’s visit to Camp Gan Israel that summer, and the farbrengen the Rebbe held there. During the gathering, news arrived of a terrible accident that had involved a busload of people on their way to the camp. The Rebbe’s reaction to the news was wholly unexpected, and seemingly miraculous. (1956)
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