Living Torah Archives

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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A Vision of Peace
Disc: 186 / Program: 741 | Talk
Event Date: 10 Kislev, 5748 • December 01, 1987
On the 10th of Kislev, the second Rebbe of Chabad, Rabbi DovBer was liberated from prison. He was freed just nine days before Chasidim would celebrate the release of his father, Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Both the Alter Rebbe and the Mitteler Rebbe connected their release from prison to the verse in Psalms, “my soul was redeemed in peace,” a verse that will be fully realized with the ultimate arrival of Moshiach. The lesson for us: A Jew should always be permeated with the idea that every person can bring redemption to the world.
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Nigun Podoh V’sholom
Disc: 186 / Program: 741 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 8 Kislev, 5748 • November 29, 1987
Chasidim sing the nigun Podoh V’sholom, at a farbregnenmarking the yartzeit and liberation of the Mitteler Rebbe.
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A Reason to Dance
Disc: 186 / Program: 741 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 27 Shevat, 5748 • February 15, 1988
May we very soon prepare for the marriage of the Jewish people with G-d. Midrash Rabbah says that until Moshiach, our relationship is like an engagement, and in the future, it will be a complete marriage.
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In the Moment
Disc: 186 / Program: 741 | My Encounter
Dovber Klein lives in Manchester, England, where he teaches in a boy’s school. As a student who was reconnecting to his Jewish roots he asked the Rebbe a wide range of questions, ranging from black magic to how much one should sleep at night. (1970s)
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Never Too Many Blessings
Disc: 185 / Program: 740 | Talk
Event Date: 6 Tishrei, 5741 • September 16, 1980
The very first command of the Torah is: “Be fruitful and multiply.” Rashi explains: You might think that having one child is already being “fruitful,” so Torah adds “and multiply.” And to remove all doubt, the verse continues, “fill the earth and conquer it.” ExpandMore
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Two Dollars
Disc: 185 / Program: 740 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 2 Kislev, 5751 • November 19, 1990
Following the Afternoon Prayers, the Rebbe distributes two dollars to all those present, to be given to charity.
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A Wish Come True
Disc: 185 / Program: 740 | Eye to Eye
A video montage of individuals requesting and receiving blessings from the Rebbe for children. (Collage)
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Ask the Rabbi
Disc: 185 / Program: 740 | My Encounter
Rabbi Moshe Havlin serves as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Gat in Israel, where he lives with his family. After his wife gave birth to two sons and a daughter, she suffered a number of miscarriages. When doctors recommended an operation, they decided to ask the Rebbe for advice and blessing. (1981)
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If You Really Cared
Disc: 185 / Program: 739 | Talk
Event Date: 19 Kislev, 5732 • December 07, 1971
In a culture of “live and let live” you might convince yourself that another person’s religious commitments are none of your business. But ask yourself what you’d do if you truly cared about your fellow’s welfare. And why should someone’s spiritual needs be any less important than their physical needs. ExpandMore
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Evening Prayers
Disc: 185 / Program: 739 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 1 Kislev, 5749 • November 10, 1988
The Rebbe leads the Evening Prayers in his home. This day marks the Rebbe’s recovery from a heart attack in the winter of 5738 – 1977. ExpandMore
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Costa Rica
Disc: 185 / Program: 739 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 16 Shevat, 5750 • February 11, 1990
Give this to charity for success in the work of you and your family in Costa Rica. Have good news and go from strength to strength - and don’t be satisfied with what you’ve done in the past.
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Creating a Perfect Past
Disc: 185 / Program: 738 | Talk
Event Date: 20 Cheshvan, 5745 • November 15, 1984
The Torah is replete with the stories of our forefathers and foremothers. Highlighting their righteous and saintly behavior, it’s supposed to inspire us to emulate their ways. But are such lofty heights really achievable for any of us? And what if we’ve already messed up in the past? ExpandMore
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Yahrzeit of the Rebbe Rashab
Disc: 185 / Program: 738 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 20 Cheshvan, 5748 • November 12, 1987
The Rebbe distributes a Chasidic discourse in honor of the 127th yahrzeit of Rabbi Sholom Dovber, the Rebbe Rashab.
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A New Start
Disc: 185 / Program: 738 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 28 Adar, 5750 • March 25, 1990
Now that you have returned to the Jewish fold, forget about the mistakes of the past. May you live many long, good, Jewish years.
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All in the Right Time
Disc: 185 / Program: 738 | My Encounter
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gluckowsky serves as rabbi of the Chabad community in Rechovot, Israel. He was part of a special delegation of emissaries sent by the Rebbe to Israel, where he married and raised a family. When his newborn son had jaundice, he feared that he would not be able to have the Bris on time. He asked for a blessing from the Rebbe, but only later discovered the care and attention the Rebbe had given him. (1989)
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What Really Matters
Disc: 185 / Program: 737 | Talk
Event Date: 14 Adar II, 5719 • March 24, 1959
We spend our whole lives trying to elevate ourselves above and beyond the mundaneness of dayto-day material wellbeing. In fact, it’s such an important part of being a Jew, that we demonstrate our commitment to it in the first days of our life. ExpandMore
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Nigun Hachanah
Disc: 185 / Program: 737 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 19 Cheshvan, 5742 • November 16, 1981
At a farbregnen marking the Rebbe Rashab’s birthday, the Rebbe instructs the chasidim to sing the Hachana Nigun, which is attributed to the Rebbe Rashab.
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Worthy Endeavor
Disc: 185 / Program: 737 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 19 Cheshvan, 5752 • October 27, 1991
”Arranging a Bris or Bar Mitzvah for someone who has not yet had one is a very worthy endeavor, and it deserves a lot of time and energy. We are promised, “Toil and you will be succeed.”
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The Right Balance
Disc: 185 / Program: 737 | My Encounter
Rabbi Chaim Moshe Bergstein serves as the director of Chabad of Farmington Hills, Michigan. As a student in Yeshiva in Israel, he internalized the lessons of his rabbis in Yeshiva about refraining from materialism and physical desires. But he couldn’t reconcile this idea with living a happy life. With this seeming contradiction in mind, he resolved to write to the Rebbe. (1969)
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Investing in Talent
Disc: 184 / Program: 736 | Talk
Event Date: 19 Kislev, 5720 • December 20, 1959
Chasidic teachings instruct us to serve G-d with every fiber of our being. That is why we are each created with unique talents and abilities. The key is to actually put them to use. ExpandMore
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