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Yud Tes Kislev Videos

Sacrifice of the Great
On the 19th of Kislev 5559 (November 27, 1798) the founder of Chabad Chasidism was released from prison after being falsely accused of treason. A Jewish leader sacrifices his own standing to find every Jew in need of guidance and ensure that they receive it.
Spreading the Light
Bread, water, wine, and oil represent various dimensions in Torah.
A Celebration for All
The Alter Rebbe was arrested due to a heavenly decree against his dissemination of the Torah’s secrets in an intellectual manner. The Alter Rebbe spread these teachings in a manner that allowed it to be understood just like the revealed parts of the Torah, such as Talmud. But it was the self-sacrifice of Jews, that caused the Heavenly decree to be torn apart. This is the lesson of the 19th of Kislev: We need to know that the Jewish people aren’t divided into factions. This is no more than an illusion of the evil-inclination who fears unity among Jews.
Farbrengen: 19 Kislev, 5742
Three complete talks of the Rebbe at a farbrengen in 1981.
Reflections on
The liberation of the Alter Rebbe from czarist imprisonment
What the Chassidic New Year Means to You
A 19 Kislev Thought
An engaging, fresh and practical take on the day celebrated as the New Year of Chassidism.
The Historic Significance of Yud Tes Kislev
Documents show that the arrest of Chabad's founder in 1798 was part of a broad investigation that threatened to put the spread of the fledgling Chassidic movement to an end. The miracle of his redemption is the everlasting miracle of Chassidism itself, which endows finite reality with the infinitude of G-d.
Who Is a Chassid?
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Who Is a Chassid?
A 19 Kislev Gathering
Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe leads a chassidic "farbrengen" and asks those present to examine and recommit themselves to the core ideas of the Alter Rebbe who was released from imprisonment on this day in 1799.
Prisoners of Light
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Prisoners of Light
The Biblical story of Joseph’s descent into Egypt and subsequent incarceration is often read in the same week in which we celebrate the liberation from Czarist imprisonment of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, founder of Chabad. This class will explore the link between these events and offers insight into the nature of redemption. (Likutei Sichos volume 25, Parshas Vayeishev)
A Chasidic Story
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A Chasidic Story
Thoughts for 19 Kislev
In honor of the "Chasidic New Year" celebrated on the 19th day of Kislev, Rabbi Moshe New shares a chasidic story from which we can learn what Chasidism is all about.
The Meaning of the 19th of Kislev
The Day of Liberation for Chassidism
The nineteenth of Kislev marks the day the Alter Rebbe (the first Chabad Rebbe) was released from Czarist imprisonment and contains great significance in the dissemination of Chassidus (the inner teachings of the Torah).
The Heavenly Court Case
What Really Happened on 19 Kislev
On the 19th day of the month of Kislev, the first Chabad Rebbe, R' Shneur Zalman, was released from prison in 1798. It is said that his trial was the result of a parallel case in the heavenly court. What were the charges and how are we to understand the idea of heavenly prosecution altogether? What difference did the ruling make in our lives today?
The Inner Meaning of Yud Tes Kislev
The liberation of the Alter Rebbe
With the Alter Rebbe's release from prison in 1798, he began to teach Torah's secrets in a way that would brighten every Jewish home, and would permeate the outside world.
Light Unto the Nations: Part 1
19 Kislev: All the Way to the Top
After being freed from Russian prison on the 19th of Kislev, 1798, the Alter Rebbe wrote a letter describing the circumstances surrounding his liberation. It is striking to see how much emphasis he places on the impact his liberation had on the non-Jews of S. Petersburg.
Chabad: What Is Chassidus?
After his liberation from Czarist prison on the 19th of Kislev, 1798, the Alter Rebbe recounted that the souls of his masters, the Baal Shem Tov and Maggid of Mezritch, had visited him in prison, explaining that his ordeal on earth was the result of a decree against him in Heaven above, because of his widespread dissemination of Chasidic teachings. When he asked if he should stop teaching, his masters replied: “On the contrary. Your liberation from prison will be the Heavenly sign that you must not only continue, you must increase!”
Three Innovations, Three Accusations
Three factors in the Alter Rebbe’s arrest and liberation
The Alter Rebbe relates that he was informed of his release from prison as he was reciting the verse in Psalms, “He redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that came upon me, because of the many who were with me.”
Rising To the Challenge
The nineteenth of Kislev marks the release of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi from imprisonment in Czarist Russia. He was imprisoned as a result of his efforts in spreading chasidic teachings, but it was only after this that he was able to continue his work without hindrance, and with greater success and intensity.
Three Celebrations, One Message
Imprisoned in Czarist Russia, the Alter Rebbe’s case was at the mercy of the hostile officials of the most powerful country in the world. Miraculously, his acquittal was ordered by the Czar himself, and he was freed on the nineteenth of Kislev.
The Making of a Chasid
The nineteenth of Kislev marks the liberation of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi from Czarist imprisonment for his efforts in spreading chasidic teachings.
By Natural Means
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By Natural Means
Although the Alter Rebbe was known for his piety and greatness in Torah, he also gained a reputation as a miracle worker.
Pursuit of Peace
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Pursuit of Peace
The Alter Rebbe’s release on 19 Kislev was so surprising that even government ministers were awed by the course of events. The same ministers who ordered his arrest and forbade the dissemination of Chassidism, gave him freedom and allowed him to continue spreading Torah.
A Light in the Darkness
On the 19th of Kislev, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the first Rebbe of Chabad, was released from prison after being arrested by Czarist authorities on false charges of providing aid to the Turkish Sultan.
You Included
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You Included
It’s the 19th of Kislev today. The Alter Rebbe promised the chasidim victory, and you’re included in that. You’re included in the victory of the chasidim.
Farbrengen with the Rebbe: 19 Kislev, 5744
An hour-long excerpt from the Rebbe’s 1983 farbrengen on the 19th of Kislev. This Chasidic holiday celebrates the liberation of the first Chabad Rebbe, R' Shneur Zalman, from czarist imprisonment in 1798, due to trumped up charges of treason by opponents to the Chassidic movement.
The Rosh Hashana of Chasidism
As we celebrate the 19th of Kislev, we reflect on the Chasidic teaching to look for the inner good in everything.
The Strength of Yud Tes Kislev
The Rosh Hashanah for Chassidus
Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet presents, at a 19 Kislev gathering in Chicago, how to tap into the tremendous power this day affords us to overcome our challenges, both from within and without, especially in a year of Hakhel and unity.
Celebrating the 19th of Kislev at Congregation KJ (5778)
The Birth of Chabad Chasidism
A live broadcast of a “farbrengen” at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in honor of the 19th of Kislev, a chassidic holiday marking the liberation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745 – 1812), founder of the Chabad movement. Experience a blend of profound insights, soulful stirrings, spiritual excitement and true unity, which are characteristic of a farbrengen—a joyous chassidic gathering.
Completing the Tanya
A very short overview and background of the Alter Rebbe’s teachings in Tanya, and the final message conveyed at the very end of Tanya.
Celebrating the 19th of Kislev at Kehilath Jeshurun
A live broadcast of a “farbrengen” at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in honor of the 19th of Kislev, a chasidic holiday marking the liberation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), founder of the Chabad movement. Experience a blend of beautiful insights, stirring songs, and soulful inspiration, which are characteristic of a farbrengen—a joyous chassidic gathering. Featuring a roundtable discussion on the unique impact of Tanya, the foundational work of Chabad teachings.
The Secret to Success
Modeled after Joseph and the Alter Rebbe
The Torah describes Joseph as a 'Man of Success'. By examining his exploits, as well as the story of the Alter Rebbe's arrest and liberation, this class reveals two levels of success and provides the inspiration to achieve it.
Chassidism and Chanukah
The month of Kislev is replete with Chassidic milestones, the most famous of which is Yud Tes Kislev (the 19th of Kislev) known as the Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus. Six days later, on the 25th of Kislev, begins the festival of Chanukah. This class will explore the connection between these two celebrations and the message for our times.
The Chasidic Revolution
A Jew is a Jew is a Jew
The "Chasidic revolution" of the late 1700s and early 1800s revealed the basic truth that "a Jew is a Jew is a Jew." This premise -- that a Jew always remains essentially Jewish -- also introduced a new approach for dealing with spiritual defects when they crop up.
How is Chassidus Chabad Different?
The Alter Rebbe’s Unique Approach
What is the special contribution of the Chabad approach of chassidus, and what are we meant to accomplish with it?
What Chassidus Can Do for You
An online class in honor of the 19th of Kislev
The study of chassidus is compared to coal mining and pearl hunting. These two metaphors shed light on the nature and objective of the revelation of chassidus. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 20, p. 171)
Tap into the Quintessence of Your Soul
An online class for the 19 of Kislev
Transforming the World: A text based class
Studying a translation of a key section of the maamar Padah B'Shalom 5726
The Amazing Archeological Find of King Chizkiyahu’s Seal
Archeologists recently discovered a seal or bulla of King Hezekiah near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which dates back to biblical times in the 8th century BCE. The timing of this incredible new discovery appears to have tremendous significance, and is connected to the signet ring mentioned in the Torah.
Holiday of All Holidays
Why the 19th of Kislev is celebrated in the latter half of the month, unlike the major biblical holidays, which are in the first half. The sun and moon relationship offers insight.
Maamar Padah b'Shalom 5726, Part 1
Chassidus – The Crown Jewel
Why were chasidic teachings widely revealed only in later generations?
The dissemination of the teachings of Chassidus is compared to the parable of the king who ground up his crown jewel in order to heal his son, the prince; Chassiud made accessible the precious stone of G-d’s crown – the Torah’s deepest secrets, for the benefit of G-d’s children.
Mayanot Moment - 19th of Kislev
In prison, the Alter Rebbe offers a deeper interpretation of G-d's question to Adam of Where are you?" Presenter: Rabbi Moss
Unlocking the Secrets of Kabbalah
Celebrating the Liberation of Chassidism
This lecture is from a celebratory gathering commemorating the 19th of Kislev, the Chassidic holiday marking the liberation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad Chassidism (Montreal, Canada - Dec. 6, 2009).
A Victory for Chasidim
We are approaching the 19th of Kislev, may the Chasidim be victorious. May God bless you to resemble the medieval sage Ralbag. He wrote widely on philosophy, but his rulings in Jewish law are very good.
Finding a Deeper and Truer Peace
Why is peace so elusive? Life seems full of conflict on every level – internal, personal, national, and global. There are quick fixes and deeper long term solutions. Learn insights for integrating the parts of your life that seem intractable.
Reflections on
Just Turn on the Light!
The key to battling our inner darkness
You’re in a tough battle, fighting for your very identity. Your odds of winning seem slim. What should you do?
The Meaning of a Farbrengen
Celebrating the ways and teachings of chassidus on the 19th of Kislev.
Practical Spirituality
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Practical Spirituality
An Overview of Tanya
A fast and exciting tour of the structure, contents and flow of Tanya, the foundational text of the Chabad system of chassidism. Perfect for complete beginners and seasoned scholars alike.
Halachic Issues and the Chassidic Movement, Part 1
Examining questions raised by the opponents to Chassidism