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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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Confused Souls
Disc: 177 / Program: 706 | Talk
Event Date: 12 Tammuz, 5724 • June 22, 1964
Every soul descends to this world to fulfill a mission that’s unique from any other. The Evil Inclination, however, cunningly tries to mislead a person from his true path by distracting him with other seemingly virtuous tasks. ExpandMore
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Nigun Rostov
Disc: 177 / Program: 706 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 11 Nissan, 5741 • April 15, 1981
Chasidim sing the Rostover nigun, usually sung in preparation for a Maamar, a Chasidic Discourse. This nigun is often associated with the fifth Rebbe of Chabad, the Rebbe Rashab.
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Source of Healing
Disc: 177 / Program: 706 | Eye to Eye
May your primary work as a doctor be in preventive medicine. But since there are those who, for now, need to be healed, may you merit to utilize G-d’s permission for a doctor to cure, in a good and successful manner. (Collage)
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No Appointment Necessary
Disc: 177 / Program: 706 | My Encounter
Rabbi Yaakov Shpitzer was director of the Sanz-Klausenberg institutions in Israel before becoming the chief gabbai of the Imrei Shefer community in Jerusalem. In the early 1980s, his niece was suffering from a particularly aggressive cancer that doctors said left her with slim chances for survival. During an audience with the Rebbe, he raised her plight and left the meeting with specific instructions of what to do.
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A Birthday Meditation
Disc: 177 / Program: 705 | Talk
Event Date: 10 Nissan, 5743 • March 24, 1983
In 1988, one month after the passing of his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, the Rebbe launched the Birthday Campaign in her memory. At a farbrengen marking his own birthday in 1983, the Rebbe explained the significance of the occasion. ExpandMore
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Disc: 177 / Program: 705 | Timeless Moment
A video clip of recently discovered footage that was filmed during a farbrengenin the early 1970s.
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Mr. Manchester
Disc: 177 / Program: 705 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 25 Tishrei, 5743 • October 12, 1982
A rare recording of a private audience that the Jaffe family from Manchester merited to have with the Rebbe. The audience outside the Rebbe’s study was held in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of one of Mr. Jaffe’s grandchildren.
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A Special Visit
Disc: 177 / Program: 705 | My Encounter
Devora Caytak heads the Jewish Youth Library in Ottawa, Canada. In 1978, after making her way back to Judaism, she was a seminary student at Machon Chana in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Feeling alone, she and her friends decided to write a letter to the Rebbe’s wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka. The Rebbetzin’s surprising response is a lesson that Devorah has implemented in her own life until this day.
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On False Humility
Disc: 176 / Program: 704 | Talk
Event Date: 14 Adar, 5715 • March 08, 1955
Chassidism requires us to fulfil our G-dly mission proudly regardless of how it might affect our own growth. In fact, spreading G-dliness to those around us will most certainly impact us positively as well. It’s our responsibility to do what is required of us to transform the world positively. As for the sense conceit that it can possibly impart in us along the way, that can always be rectified through the fire of Torah and mitzvos.
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Walking to 770
Disc: 176 / Program: 704 | Timeless Moment
Vintage footage of the Rebbe walking to 770 in the morning, during the 1960s.
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No Need to be Meek
Disc: 176 / Program: 704 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 20 Sivan, 5751 • June 02, 1991
There is a difference between humility, which means that you recognize your abilities but it doesn’t affect your ego, and meekness, which means you don’t recognize your value at all. Humility will be enough.
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Any Further Questions?
Disc: 176 / Program: 704 | My Encounter
Yehudis Fishman had an audience scheduled with the Rebbe late in the evening. The long wait outside the Rebbe’s room gave her time to think about some different questions that we wished the Rebbe would answer, and she was pleasantly surprised when the Rebbe afforded her that opportunity. Here, she remembers some of the questions that she asked. (1960s)
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Stop Living in the Past
Disc: 176 / Program: 703 | Talk
Event Date: 16 Shevat, 5742 • February 09, 1982
The Baal Shem Tov explains the Talmudic statement, “One who reads the Megilah backwards, does not fulfill his obligation.” He interprets “backwards” to mean that one can read the Megilah following all the laws, with all the proper intentions, but at the same time, he might think “This is ‘backwards,’ it’s irrelevant. ExpandMore
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Megilah Reading
Disc: 176 / Program: 703 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 13 Adar II, 5749 • March 20, 1989
Scenes from the Megilah reading on Purim in 5749 - 1989.
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A Healthy Purim
Disc: 176 / Program: 703 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 10 Adar, 5751 • February 24, 1991
May God bless you with many healthy and successful years. Happy Purim for all Jews. For now, get rid of one of your walking sticks, and keep the other. In time, you’ll get rid of the second one too.
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Seeking in Bangladesh
Disc: 176 / Program: 703 | My Encounter
Max Cohen is a businessman from Manchester, England who was scheduled to make a trip to Bangladesh in April of 1991. Shortly before his trip, a powerful cyclone had struck the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh, killing 138,000 people and leaving over ten million homeless. He was very worried about the safety of travelling there as more cyclone warnings were still in effect in that area. But a message he received from the Rebbe made him reconsider cancelling.
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Children Lead the Fight
Disc: 176 / Program: 702 | Talk
Event Date: 16 Adar, 5743 • March 01, 1983
The Megillah relates that everyone, from young to old, was included in Haman’s decree. Similarly, the Evil Inclination, also wants to, G-d forbid, influence the Jewish people, starting with Jewish children, to weaken their strength and pride. ExpandMore
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Nigun Simcha
Disc: 176 / Program: 702 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 18 Elul, 5737 • September 01, 1977
A Chassidic Nigun traditionally sung to the opening verse of the Purim Megilah: Vayehi Bimei Achashveirosh.
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Generations of Success
Disc: 176 / Program: 702 | Eye to Eye
May you have much success in the Rabbinate and with all your students in the entire yeshiva. (Collage)
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A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
Disc: 176 / Program: 702 | My Encounter
Rabbi Shimon Elituv is a rabbi in Mevaseret Zion and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council. As a young boy, he sent his first letter to the Rebbe, beginning a relationship that has lasted since. Here, he remembers the help that the Rebbe provided to him and his family during difficult times. And it was the Rebbe’s guidance and inspiration that set him on his career path until this day. (1957)
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