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Turn Up the Light
Disc: 170 / Program: 680 | Talk
Event Date: 29 Elul, 5740 • September 10, 1980
A Jew’s purpose is to illuminate all the world around him. To “illuminate” does not mean to change the order of creation; rather, light enables one to discern the true nature and purpose of what already is there. ExpandMore
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In Our Power
Disc: 170 / Program: 680 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 5 Cheshvan, 5752 • October 13, 1991
Every single Jew has the ability to crown the Almighty as King on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. With the Shofar, we elevate a physical and otherwise mundane object to the lofty level of coronating the Creator.
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A Special Invitation
Disc: 170 / Program: 680 | My Encounter
Rabbi Ezra Schochet serves as dean of Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad in Los Angeles, California. In 1976, he was on a visit to New York with his wife and two children. When they arrived, he never thought he’d have a chance to meet with the Rebbe privately. But then he got an exciting message from the Rebbe’s secretary.
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No Jew Left Behind
Disc: 170 / Program: 679 | Talk
Event Date: 18 Elul, 5711 • September 19, 1951
For centuries, being engaged with Torah meant being of an exceptional mind and travelling to study under the tutelage of a rabbi and sage. However, the Baal Shem Tov, and the Rebbes who followed, showed us a different way. By traveling to and visiting many Jewish communities, they brought the beauty of Torah to those who otherwise didn’t know of it. ExpandMore
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Called to the Torah
Disc: 170 / Program: 679 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 23 Elul, 5740 • September 04, 1980
The Rebbe is called to the Torah in the synagogue upstairs in 770.
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The Main Message
Disc: 170 / Program: 679 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 1 Elul, 5748 • August 14, 1988
What’s most important is that each and every Jew should be inscribed and sealed for a good year. Everything else I said was an introduction.
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Double Tipping
Disc: 170 / Program: 679 | My Encounter
Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kiss is a restaurant manager and caterer living in Brooklyn, New York. As a young boy in the early 1960s, he had had an after-school job delivering groceries. As one of his customers, he merited to to deliver to the home of the Rebbe’s mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson. Once, when he knocked at her door, he was surprised to see who opened.
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Seeing the Light
Disc: 170 / Program: 678 | Talk
Event Date: 29 Elul, 5740 • September 10, 1980
Like sunglasses which block the powerful light emanating from the sun, our physical bodies cover and conceal the precious light of our souls. But surely, this was orchestrated by G-d for a purpose. Our mission, we are told, is to bring forth the concealed light of the soul. Through following in the ways of Torah, and elevating ourselves with the performance of its commandments, we will illuminate our surroundings, and expose the divinity that lies within.
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Post Camp Rally
Disc: 170 / Program: 678 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 7 Elul, 5750 • August 28, 1990
The Rebbe participates in a rally for children of Camp Emunah.
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The Greatest Calling
Disc: 170 / Program: 678 | Eye to Eye
May all of your students be educated in a manner befitting the Holy Land. To educate others you need to be healthy -- both mentally as well as physically. (Collage)
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Give and Take
Disc: 170 / Program: 678 | My Encounter
Zlata Hertzel is a veteran educator living in Israel. In the early 1970s, she had an audience with the Rebbe. Being both a young mother and a committed teacher meant that she found most of her earnings going towards childcare for her young children. Asking the Rebbe if she should quit her job evoked a response that has inspired her since.
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Point of Pride
Disc: 170 / Program: 677 | Talk
Event Date: 13 Elul, 5742 • September 01, 1982
In the Book of Exodus, G-d calls the Jewish people a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” A story in the Talmud demonstrates how we could fulfill this verse and inspire the respect of the nations that surround us. ExpandMore
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A Russian Song
Disc: 170 / Program: 677 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 20 Av, 5739 • August 13, 1979
The Rebbe instructs Reb Hirshel Chitrik to sing the Russian version of “One is Hashem”.
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Russian Connection
Disc: 170 / Program: 677 | Eye to Eye
Thank G-d for saving you from danger by increasing in Torah study and observance. Give this to charity for all the Jews in Russia, and please send them my regards. (Collage)
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The Rebbe’s Care
Disc: 170 / Program: 677 | My Encounter
Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan serves as the director of the Bronnaya Synagogue in Moscow. He is a former refusenik and leading figure in the Soviet Jewish underground. Although he later had numerous encounters with the Rebbe, as a young child, all he knew was what he heard from his mother. (1981)
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Heart and Mind
Disc: 169 / Program: 676 | Talk
Event Date: 19 Kislev, 5728 • December 21, 1967
The source of violence, disorder and crime stems from the unhealthy balance of the head and the heart. The mind knows what is wrong, but isn’t able to control over the heart’ desires. The solution must come from a higher source: tefillin can help master our emotions and lead them towards good.
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Refusenik’s Visit
Disc: 169 / Program: 676 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 11 Iyar, 5748 • April 28, 1988
Upon seeing the Rebbe for the first time, a newly-emigrated refusenik, a Jew who was previously trapped behind the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union, recites the shehechiyanu blessing.
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From Strength to Strength
Disc: 169 / Program: 676 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 11 Iyar, 5748 • April 28, 1988
May you be a living example for all, showing everyone how to behave when G-d gives you the ability to go higher and higher.
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A Wish Granted
Disc: 169 / Program: 676 | My Encounter
Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch is a Rabbi and teacher living in Jerusalem, Israel. He is famous for his struggles in Soviet Russia where he was imprisoned for almost a decade for his public attempts to immigrate to Israel from the Soviet Union. It is the Rebbe’s care and direction, however, which led him down the path on which he finds himself until this day.(year 1980)
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A Leading Example
Disc: 169 / Program: 675 | Talk
Event Date: 20 Av, 5751 • July 31, 1991
The Rambam teaches that anyone who dedicates himself to G-d’s work, studying Torah and fulfilling its commandments, can be considered as part of the special tribe of Levi. Such was the case with Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, who gave himself over to the impossible task of providing true leadership to Soviet Jewry the Jews stuck in the USSR. He may have ended up paying with his life for his efforts, but his legacy has far outlived that of his oppressors.
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