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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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A Career in Torah
Disc: 192 / Program: 767 | Talk
Event Date: 18 Iyar, 5738 • May 25, 1978
We see in human nature that when you decisively resolve that for a particular amount of time, you’re completely dedicated to a specific thing – whatever it may be, you can indeed succeed. The same should be true of Torah study. ExpandMore
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Nigun “Hinei Mah Tov”
Disc: 192 / Program: 767 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 6 Tishrei, 5745 • October 02, 1984
Song lyrics: “Behold how good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell together.” (Psalm 133:1)
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In the Merit of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
Disc: 192 / Program: 767 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 11 Iyar, 5749 • May 16, 1989
We need G-d’s mercy so that the redemption actually arrives. Then, on the Second Passover, we can discuss whether we need to offer the Passover offering, and how exactly to go about doing so properly.
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A Doctor with Solutions
Disc: 192 / Program: 767 | My Encounter
Rabbi Moshe Weiss serves as director of Chabad of Sherman Oaks, California. He was married in 1983 but struggled to have children. He visited the Rebbe a number of times and merited to receive numerous blessings, but they never seemed to materialize. It was only many years later that something finally changed. (1991)
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What’s in a Name?
Disc: 192 / Program: 766 | Talk
Event Date: 14 Iyar, 5747 • May 13, 1987
A talk in honor of the 32nd yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s brother, Reb Yisrael Aryeh Leib. In Jewish law, if someone has both a Jewish and secular name, the Jewish name comes first in legal documents. Similarly, if parents wish to give their child a Hebrew name together with its Yiddish equivalent, the Hebrew name customarily comes first. ExpandMore
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Kaddish
Disc: 192 / Program: 766 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 13 Iyar, 5750 • May 08, 1990
Footage from the afternoon prayers on the yartzeit of Rabbi Yisroel Aryeh Leib, the Rebbe’s brother.
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A Play on Words
Disc: 192 / Program: 766 | Eye to Eye
This special collage shows individuals coming by the Rebbe, and receiving a lesson about the meaning and power of their Jewish names. (Collage)
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Three Conditions
Disc: 192 / Program: 766 | My Encounter
Milek Kremer served as deputy chairman of the Regional Council of Kiryat Ono, Israel. In 1963, his work brought him to the United States. With one of his children interested in becoming religious, he decided to ask the Rebbe for help and advice. The Rebbe agreed to help them – on three conditions…
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Grabbing the Opportunity
Disc: 192 / Program: 765 | Talk
Event Date: 13 Tishrei, 5744 • September 20, 1983
Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, the Rebbe Maharash, would travel extensively throughout Europe and the Russian Empire to advocate for his fellow Jews in Russian lands. ExpandMore
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Nigun "Lechatchilah Ariber”
Disc: 192 / Program: 765 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 6 Tishrei, 5748 • September 29, 1987
Chasidim sing “Lechatchilah Ariber” a Nigun attributed to Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, known as the Rebbe Maharash.
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Patting on the Back
Disc: 192 / Program: 765 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 9 Nissan, 5751 • March 24, 1991
You lavish so much praise on the volunteers for the charity fund. Add that you demand of them that they do even more – otherwise, they’ll be satisfied with past accomplishments… Good tidings.
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Believing in Youth
Disc: 192 / Program: 765 | My Encounter
Shimshon Stock headed the Chevra Simchas Shabbos V’Yom Tov charity fund for thirty years. In the 1940s, he was a rambunctious teenager growing up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. One day, on the way to a ball game with his friend, he met the Rebbe. They didn’t expect it, but they then got a Torah lesson from baseball. (Late 1940s and Early 1950s)
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G-d in the Details
Disc: 191 / Program: 764 | Talk
Event Date: 4 Sivan, 5747 • June 01, 1987
On each day of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuos, it is customary to study a page of the Talmudic tractate Sotah, which consists of 49 pages. But the origins of this custom are immediately called into question: The Talmud existed well before the age of printing, and no two copies had the same format; the pages are always different. Additionally, the first prints of Talmud didn’t have an identical typeface either. Later, one format became common in which Tractate Sotah happens to have forty nine folios. Why then, do we associate Tractate Sotah with the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot? ExpandMore
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Cup of Blessing
Disc: 191 / Program: 764 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 22 Nissan, 5736 • April 22, 1976
The Rebbe distributes wine from the “Cup of Blessing” immediately after the holiday of Passover.
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A Miracle Baby
Disc: 191 / Program: 764 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 6 Nissan, 5750 • April 01, 1990
You have no need for explanations from your daughter’s doctors. May you have a kosher and happy Passover, and channel the joy of your daughter’s health to the entire year.
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A Natural Miracle
Disc: 191 / Program: 764 | My Encounter
Rabbi Zvi Hartman is an esteemed Chassidic mentor in Beit Shemesh, Israel. In the 1960s, he served as Principal of Bet Sefer Lemlacha for vocational training in Kfar Chabad, Israel. After being married for some five years without being able to have children, he and his wife decided to ask the Rebbe for a blessing. They carried out the Rebbe’s instructions in New York but seemed to hit a wall. But everything would change after they met a doctor that the Rebbe referred them to in Tel Aviv.
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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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