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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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Speaking the Truth
Talk
Disc: 131 / Program: 521 Speaking the Truth
Event Date: 18 Iyar 5738 • May 25 1978
Rashi comments on the very first verse in the Torah: “It could happen that gentiles will claim that the Jews stole the Land of Israel from them. Therefore, G-d related His mighty works in the Book of Genesis to show that it was He Who created the Land of Israel and it was he who gave it to the Jewish People.” ExpandMore
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Nigun
Timeless Moment
Disc: 131 / Program: 521 Nigun
Event Date: 6 Tishrei 5743 • September 23 1982
To “counter the stubbornness of those who insist on giving away the Land of Israel” the Rebbe initiates the signing of the nigun Utzu Eitza, based on the verse: “Contrive a scheme, but it will be foiled; conspire a plot, but it will not succeed, for G-d is with us.” (Isaiah 8:10)
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The Closest Time, the Dearest Place
Eye to Eye
Disc: 131 / Program: 521 The Closest Time, the Dearest Place
Event Date: 28 Av 5750 • August 19 1990
Despite events in the Middle East, the days leading into Elul should not be viewed as “difficult days.” To the contrary - at this time of year, G-d is even closer to every single Jew, especially those in the Holy Land.
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The Essence of Things
My Encounter
Disc: 131 / Program: 521 The Essence of Things
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shares the enduring message which he received in his first meeting with the Rebbe during his tenure as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations. (1984)
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You Don’t Have to Be a Rabbi
Talk
Disc: 130 / Program: 520 You Don’t Have to Be a Rabbi
Event Date: 19 Kislev 5733 • November 25 1972
In our daily lives we come into contact with a variety of people, whether family, friends, coworkers, or employees, and our interaction with them is often limited by the way we perceive them. ExpandMore
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Children’s Rally
Timeless Moment
Disc: 130 / Program: 520 Children’s Rally
Event Date: 14 Elul 5740 • August 26 1980
The Rebbe participates in a rally for children returning from summer camp.
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Double the Amount
Eye to Eye
Disc: 130 / Program: 520 Double the Amount
Event Date: 17 Elul 5749 • September 17 1989
When you decide to take on a good deed, G-d will ensure that you’ll succeed.
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A Spiritual Business
My Encounter
Disc: 130 / Program: 520 A Spiritual Business
Mr. Meir Zeiler, the proprietor of a textile factory in Israel, was encouraged by the Rebbe to take part in European trade shows. His reports that the shows were not profitable did not deter the Rebbe, and Mr. Zeiler began to suspect that the tefillin booth he would set up as part of his display had something to do with it.
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A Positive Emotion
Talk
Disc: 130 / Program: 519 A Positive Emotion
Event Date: 20 Av 5742 • August 09 1982
The twentieth of Av marks the passing of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father. Reflecting on the passing of a loved one is seldom joyous and often brings up feelings of sadness and even bitterness. ExpandMore
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Nigun
Timeless Moment
Disc: 130 / Program: 519 Nigun
Event Date: 20 Av 5742 • August 09 1982
Hop Kazak, a lively melody attributed to the prominent chasidic master, Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Shpola, known as the Shpoler Zeide.
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A Holy Task
Eye to Eye
Disc: 130 / Program: 519 A Holy Task
Event Date: 14 Adar 5750 • March 11 1990
Thank you for taking care of my father’s gravesite in the past and for your help in the future, as well.
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Saying Thank You
My Encounter
Disc: 130 / Program: 519 Saying Thank You
Mr. Evsey Neymotin recalls his father’s efforts in assisting Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, the Rebbe’s parents, when they arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as the Rebbe’s expressions of gratitude when the Neymotins arrived in the United States many decades later.
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Destroying to Rebuild
Talk
Disc: 130 / Program: 518 Destroying to Rebuild
Event Date: 15 Av 5743 • July 25 1983
The Ninth of Av commemorates the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. It also commemorates many other calamities which befell the Jewish people throughout their exile. Marked by a fast, it is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. ExpandMore
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Afternoon Prayers
Timeless Moment
Disc: 130 / Program: 518 Afternoon Prayers
Event Date: 9 Av 5735 • July 17 1975
Newly uncovered film of the Rebbe taking part in the afternoon prayers on Tisha B’av.
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A Good Report
Eye to Eye
Disc: 130 / Program: 518 A Good Report
Event Date: 4 Tammuz 5751 • June 16 1991
The verse “Honor G-d with your property,” can also be read as “Honor G-d with your voice.” This is especially appropriate for a cantor such as yourself.
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Building a Lasting Edifice
My Encounter
Disc: 130 / Program: 518 Building a Lasting Edifice
After becoming observant in college, Rabbi Meilech Leib DuBrow asked the Rebbe about marrying someone whom he had known during his student years. In an unusually long audience, he received the answer to his question, as well as advice on the basics of a Jewish marriage. (1971)
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Kabbalah for Kids
Talk
Disc: 130 / Program: 517 Kabbalah for Kids
Event Date: 4 Av 5740 • July 17 1980
The fifth of Av marks the passing of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, known as the Arizal, who was a foremost scholar of Jewish mysticism and the father of his own school of Kabbalah ExpandMore
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Havdalah
Timeless Moment
Disc: 130 / Program: 517 Havdalah
Event Date: 11 Av 5751 • July 22 1991
At the conclusion of the fast of Tisha B’av, the Rebbe listens to havdalah being recited in 770.
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Daily Blessings
Eye to Eye
Disc: 130 / Program: 517 Daily Blessings
Event Date: 22 Elul 5751 • September 01 1991
The Arizal taught that in the times of the redemption the Levites will become Kohanim. Although you are a Kohen and your grandson is a Levite, your family will still remain in the priesthood.
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On My Shoulders
My Encounter
Disc: 130 / Program: 517 On My Shoulders
Shortly after his Bar Mitzvah, the Rebbe assured Rabbi Mordechai Einbinder’s parents that he would see to the well-being of their son in a yeshiva far away from home. Decades later, Rabbi Einbinder discovered just how serious the Rebbe was about his word.
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