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Documentary, history and biography

Jewish documentary, history and biography.

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A glimpse into the work of an expert scribe writing a mezuzah.
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An incredible story at the Friendship Circle’s art studio
Born with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, Felicia Bowers has limited control over her body. She cannot speak and rather uses a retina-controlled device called Tobii to communicate. But the 27 year old from West Bloomfield is drawing incredible portraits that make people stop and stare. And she's doing it in a way no one ever expected – with her eyes!
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Despite autism, Zalman Diskin celebrates his bar mitzvah at his parents Chabad center in Munich, Germany. His parents share the painful challenges of having an autistic child and their personal journey of heartbreak and frustration to faith and acceptance. Film credits: Paula Zimerman Targownik and Daniel Targownik
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Behind the Edelman family tradition to popularize handmade matzah
A son-in-law and grandson continue a western Massachusetts ‘shmurah matzah’ tradition begun by the late Chabad emissary Rabbi Dovid Edelman, a matzah delivery route that has stretched all the way to the White House’s Seder. Video produced and edited by Pearl Gabel.
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Inside the story of Tevet 5: the victory of the sacred books
Jewish Educational Media pulls back the curtain on the fascinating saga of the violation of Lubavitch’s sacred manuscripts and books—and their ultimate triumph. From the Rebbe’s earliest public references to the theft of Chabad’s treasured library, it was clear that this was a spiritual struggle over the movement’s very soul—as embodied in its holy writings—and even over the very definition of a rebbe. (Excerpt from the complete film)
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Celebrating at R’ Shimon bar Yochai
Yishai Fleisher, an Israeli correspondent, goes to experience Lag BaOmer in Meron, the burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Joining the hundreds of thousands participating, he documents it all on camera so you can feel as if you are there in person.
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A documentary tale of truth and humanity confronting deceit and power
In the Beilis trial of 1913, false accusations of ritual murder were leveled against the Jewish people generally, and the chassidic movement specifically. This documentary vividly reconstructs the events as they unfolded, through a series of interviews with experts, alongside period photographs and press clippings.
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The inside story of the Rebbe's involvement in Israel's security
Watch never-before-seen footage of exclusive interviwith some of the most distinguished names in Israel’s security
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The Passing of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson
Some glimpses of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka's funeral and the Rebbe's observance of her shivah, as well as excerpts of the Rebbe speaking about the Rebbetzin in the days and years following her passing.
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A Maestro Prepares for Rosh Hashanah
World renowned trombonist, Haim Avitsur, demonstrates his technique for sounding the ram's horn instrument known as a shofar.
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How a Cantor Gets Ready for the High Holidays
Preparing for his yearly stint as a High Holidays "chazan," Cantor Aryeh Leib Hurwitz of Brooklyn talks about what it takes to pray for a congregation of a thousand.
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Echoes of a Shofar
Eyewitnesses share their personal stories of how Jews valiantly resisted the British ban on sounding the shofar at the Western Wall from 1930-1947.
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An insider's tour of an authentic shofar factory in Israel
Discover the different kinds of shofars used on Rosh Hashanah the world over and get an inside look into how they’re crafted.
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19:08
A day of rest & rejuvenation
See, hear, understand and taste the Shabbat experience. The presentation places one in a Shabbat wonderland, and shows how this is attainable for everyone. This video includes interviews with various Jewish personalities. A must for anyone venturing to take the first steps towards Shabbat observance.
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In light of the Rebbe’s teachings
The Jewish woman has a unique mission specific to her special qualities and sensitivities. The very future of the Jewish people depends on her success.
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5:37
A Short Film
A slice of life from the holy city. Footage from various scenes around Jerusalem shot in 2011 and 2012.
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The Torah... A Mitzvah that Unifies and Informs
G-d, who formed and created man and all that exists, shares His wisdom, understanding and knowledge with us through the Torah, enabling us to maximize our potential and fulfill our life's purpose.
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10:48
The Legacy of Liviu Librescu
One year ago, on April 16, 2007, amidst horror and heartbreak of the Virginia Tech Massacre, the courage of one man who gave his life to save his students awed and inspired people all over the world.
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A community's visit to the resting place of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch on his fifth yahrzeit, Tammuz 3, 5759—June 17, 1999
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18:13
The Story of Those Cruelly Murdered at the Mumbai Jewish Center
A glimpse into the life of Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Hotzberg—the Chabad emissaries to Mumbai, India.
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The Torah Solution to Achieving True Peace in Israel.
Throughout Jewish history, through times serene and turbulent, the People of Israel looked to the Torah for guidance and stability. Only through steadfast adherence to Torah principles, - the Rebbe insisted - can Israel achieve true peace.
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The Rebbe's relentless call for every Jew to never rest
The Rebbe's message was as old as the Torah itself, yet his approach was as rousing as dawn. He urged each person, in personal and communal life, to never be satisfied with yesterday's achievements
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How every thought, speech, and deed can make a world of difference.
Although today's world is a scary place, as evident from the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, one good deed can tip the scales. In Waves, hear the Rebbe explain how each deed, however insignificant it may seem, is universally important.
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From Football to Faith
Meet Alan Veingrad. Offensive lineman. Green Bay Packer. Dallas Cowboy. Champion of Super Bowl XXVII.
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Major General Doron Almog is a true Israeli hero, serving courageously in the IDF to protect his people. But even more inspiring is his devotion to helping those with special needs.
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A "60 Minute" style documentary on kosher dietary laws and its impact on both body and soul
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The Rebbe’s compassionate attention to “the little things”
Starting from Moses, their first leader, the Jewish People have been led by individuals exhibiting an essential and unique quality: They were thoughtfully attuned to the distinct and disparate needs of each person in their flock. Throughout history, in times of triumph and adversity, this trait has shown to be distinctively present and in each of our leaders.
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Four Points of Radiance
Four Points of Radiance is a documentary film with a panel of university scholars that zeros in on the life and contribution of four towering personalities in the development of the Chassidic movement
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Creating A Home for the First Sefer Torah in the State of Florida
The historical completion of the first sefer Torah ever written -- in its entirety -- in the state of Florida ...with a personal statement from Governor Jeb Bush of Florida
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Defense and Intelligence
The inside story of the Rebbe’s involvement in Israel’s security, as told by its defense and government leaders.
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A video tour of Israel
From Jerusalem to Masada, join veteran tour guide Shalom Pollack on a wondrous journey through Israel, where the past, present and future all share the same space.
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The complete process of Shmurah Matzah baking, from the harvesting of the wheat and grinding the kernels to baking of the fresh matzah in the traditional wood burning stove.
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Thousands of Jewish homes around the globe kindle the Menorah with wax Chanukah candles. Visit a factory in Israel that's been making these candles for generations.
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From Paris to Buenos Aires, Cairo to California, Madrid to Moscow, public Menorahs light up cities and towns around the globe. Visit 30 of these Menorahs.
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Parents and Siblings of the Murdered Couple Speak
Home video footage of the Itamar family is interspersed with words from the mourners.
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A brief biography of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, of righteous memory, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory.
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A Tribute
The late philanthropist Sami Rohr (1926-2012) was a pillar of generosity throughout the Jewish world. This video highlights his special relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the support he gave to the Rebbe's emissaries and programs throughout the world.
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The History of Colel Chabad
Colel Chabad, founded in 1788 by the first Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, R' Schneur Zalman of Liadi, is the oldest continuously operating charity in Israel. This video was produced in honor of the 200th anniversary of the passing of R' Shneur Zalman.
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Ed Koch Remembers
Former NYC mayor Ed Koch (1924 - 2013) remembers his meetings with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.
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8 Videos
This series sheds unprecedented light on the Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s life in Russia and Europe from the Rebbe’s birth in 1902 until he arrived in the US in 1941.
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Mottel Fisher visits 65 years later
JEM's My Encounter brought together Rabbis Mottel Fisher and Abraham Hecht of blessed memory, 65 years after the two studied together at the first Chabad yeshivah in the United States.
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Manuscripts, Incunabula, Antique Books and Leaflets
A special exhibition at the Chabad Research Library displays old and rarest Hebrew manuscripts and antique books, providing a fascinating window into the history of the Jews in Spain, Italy and beyond.
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The monumental achievement of Maimonides
The Rambam was the first to provide a bird’s eye view of the entire body of Torah law. Join the campaign to study his works and celebrate Jewish unity.
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A Virtual Tour of Holy Sites from Ancient Israel
Join Rabbi Mordechai Weiss as he tours sacred sites in the Holy Land, and discover their history and significance.
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The Story of Jerusalem's Holy Temple
"Wake the Dawn" is a documentary film depicting the history and significance of the Temple, through the eyes of the Talmud and Jewish tradition. Written and Directed by Chaim Clorfene.
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