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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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The Pathologies of Exile
Disc: 191 / Program: 763 | Talk
Event Date: 10 Shevat, 5736 • January 12, 1976
The Israelites were exiled in Egypt and forced to engage in slave labor, yet, when their redemption finally came, there were some who didn’t want to leave exile! Life became easy as soon as the slave-labor ceased, so they began complaining, “Why do we need to search for Torah and Judaism in the desert, and follow a wild individual like Moses? We have a competent king, culture and wisdom – let’s remain. But G-d sent a warning through Moses, that Pharaoh will “banish them from his land.” A Jew isn’t given a choice in the matter. ExpandMore
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Children’s Passover Rally
Disc: 191 / Program: 763 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 18 Nissan, 5748 • April 05, 1988
The Rebbe participates in a children’s rally celebrating Passover.
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Priestly Blessings
Disc: 191 / Program: 763 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 20 Adar, 5750 • March 17, 1990
People with the family name “Kaplan” are usually Kohens. This Passover, bless all Jews with the priestly blessing, and may we see the fulfillment of “And G-d will bless them.”
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Private Admission
Disc: 191 / Program: 763 | My Encounter
Rabbi Hershel Feigelstock served as principal of the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Montreal for some forty years. In the 1940s, as a Yeshiva student at 770, he spent the holiday of Passover in New York. In a fascinating interview, he recalls the Rebbe inviting him to the private Passover meal of his father-in-law and predecessor, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.
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A New Day
Disc: 191 / Program: 762 | Talk
Event Date: 18 Elul, 5742 • September 06, 1982
Before birth, your soul may have basked in the glory of G-d and the Torah, but only in this world can you utilize your individuality to master Torah with your own abilities. In truth, we must always be mindful of this, and approach each day as a new birth. But on a person’s birthday, this lesson is ever more potent. ExpandMore
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Burning the Chametz
Disc: 191 / Program: 762 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 14 Nissan, 5750 • April 09, 1990
The Rebbe burns the Chametz on the eve of the Passover holiday.
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For Your Birthday
Disc: 191 / Program: 762 | Eye to Eye
A collage of well-wishers greeting the Rebbe upon his birthday. (Collage)
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Judaism on the Go
Disc: 191 / Program: 762 | My Encounter
Moshe Kagan is a consultant living in Jerusalem, Israel. In the early 1960s, he arrived from England to attend yeshiva in 770. He was one of the few Yeshiva students with a driver’s license, and it worked in his favor. He was one of a group of students who got together to launch a new project – a mobile mitzvah vehicle.
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Let G-d Do the Rest
Disc: 191 / Program: 761 | Talk
Event Date: 26 Tishrei, 5746 • October 11, 1985
Generally, the requirements of the Variable Offering change according to one’s financial ability. Yet, within these laws, Maimonides brings a case of a poor person who pledges to bring the offerings of someone with more means than him. How will he afford it? Doesn’t Jewish law only obligate a person according to his means? Yet, this law emphasizes, that if he pledged to bring the offering, he will be given the means to fulfill his promise. When a Jew commits to doing something positive; if he resolves to disregard his own shortcomings and do a favor for another Jew, we are assured that G-d will help him fulfill his pledge – a lesson illustrated by a story of printing the Tzemach Tzeddek.
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Distribution of Matzah
Disc: 191 / Program: 761 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 7 Nissan, 5749 • April 12, 1989
Unique footage from before Passover of the Rebbe distributing Matzah to representatives and dignitaries from around the world.
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Matza Therapy
Disc: 191 / Program: 761 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 4 Iyar, 5750 • April 29, 1990
New York City Deputy Commissioner of Corrections Arthur Sinai visits the Rebbe: You used the Matza I sent you in a good place and a good time — Passover. Passover is connected with correction, and to be rid of all worries. May G-d Almighty bless you to be rid of all the worries that you may have had until now.
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“Don’t Worry, He’s Coming”
Disc: 191 / Program: 761 | My Encounter
Mr. Freddy Hager lived in London, England. One year, he made an unexpected stop at 770 on his way to the airport to return to England. But it soon became clear that his visit was not entirely unexpected after all. (1980s)
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Living with Moshiach
Disc: 190 / Program: 760 | Talk
Event Date: 7 Cheshvan, 5746 • October 22, 1985
While discussing the laws of the Red Heifer, Maimonides goes on to detail by whom each of them were ministered. Maimonides writes that the tenth and final Red Heifer will be ministered by Moshiach, “may he be revealed speedily – Amen, so may it be God’s will.” ExpandMore
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Nigun Vesamachta
Disc: 190 / Program: 760 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 14 Adar II, 5733 • March 18, 1973
Chassidim sing a lively Chasidic nigun during a Purim farbrengen.
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Time for Peace
Disc: 190 / Program: 760 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 13 Nissan, 5750 • April 08, 1990
There should be quiet in Colombia and everything should take place in a peaceful manner, as a good preparation for the peace after the coming of our righteous Moshiach. Have a happy and Kosher Passover.
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Our Sages Teach Us
Disc: 190 / Program: 760 | My Encounter
In 1956 Rabbi Eitan Green was a yeshiva student in Beis Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey, when he had an audience with the Rebbe. He had a theory about the precise accuracy of some of the statements made by our sages. The Rebbe fundamentally disagreed, and referenced Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to make his point.
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A Direct Connection
Disc: 190 / Program: 759 | Talk
Event Date: 14 Adar II, 5717 • March 17, 1957
G-d’s presence didn’t rest in the Tabernacle until they offered atonement for the Golden Calf. Now, the Golden Calf didn’t deny G-d’s existence; it merely rejected the idea that a person could relate to G-d directly. ExpandMore
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Post Purim Audience
Disc: 190 / Program: 759 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 16 Adar II, 5746 • March 27, 1986
A special audience for guests who had come to spend the holiday of Purim with the Rebbe.
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A Movement’s Success
Disc: 190 / Program: 759 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 10 Shevat, 5735 • January 22, 1975
Thank you for your token of appreciation – but it’s for the movement, not for me. I’m very happy that your wife is also here. Say L’chaim and may G-d Almighty bless you to go from strength to strength.
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A Good Role Model
Disc: 190 / Program: 759 | My Encounter
In the early 1970s, Diane Abrams practiced law in New York and taught the nation’s first “Women and the Law” course at NYU. Her husband, Robert Abrams served as New York State Attorney General. The Rebbe, whom she met a number of times, kept bringing up the same thing – she had to write a book.
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