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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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A True Scholar
Disc: 193 / Program: 770 | Talk
Event Date: 4 Sivan, 5732 • May 17, 1972
The Talmud in Pesachim quotes Rav Yosef exulting the holiday of Shavuos when the Jews received the Torah: “Said Rav Yosef, “If not for this day, how many Yosefs would wander the market?” If the Talmud notes the name of a sage, the name obviously has some relevance, and can add meaning to the teaching. So in the case of the teaching, why is Rav Yosef mentioned? ExpandMore
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Shavuos Havdalah
Disc: 193 / Program: 770 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 12 Iyar, 5742 • May 05, 1982
Footage of the Havdalah ceremony following the festival of Shavuos.
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Use it for the Good
Disc: 193 / Program: 770 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 20 Sivan, 5751 • June 02, 1991
You are the head of the Chassidic Burial Society of Jerusalem. The appropriate wish for a Burial Society is that they should be out of work… “May G-d wipe away tears from every face.” Good tidings, and many good years.
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A Good Incentive
Disc: 193 / Program: 770 | My Encounter
Rabbi Chaim Cohen is a Jewish community activist living in Jerusalem. In 1984, he accompanied the Rebbe of Sadigura for an audience with the Rebbe. After informing the Rebbe about a new annual journal that he had begun publishing, the Rebbe encouraged him to do so even more often. Years later, he returned to show the Rebbe the fruits of his suggestion. (1984)
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Engraved in Your Heart
Disc: 193 / Program: 769 | Talk
Event Date: 14 Iyar, 5744 • May 16, 1984
Whereas the commandments are generally divided into Statutes, Testimonies and Laws, in this case, the verse states: “If you follow My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them.” The word for statute, “Chok,” shares a root with the Hebrew word for engraving, “Chakikah,” teaching us that the exile cannot impact the very essence of a Jew, for Torah and the commandments are engraved, etched onto the essence of a Jew’s soul. ExpandMore
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Nigun - Ata V’chartanu
Disc: 193 / Program: 769 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 29 Elul, 5740 • September 10, 1980
Chassidim sing “Ata V’chartanu,” a Nigun with words from the holiday liturgy.
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A Vessel for Blessings
Disc: 193 / Program: 769 | Eye to Eye
The main thing: Your daily conduct should follow Jewish law. That will bring G-d’s blessing. The verse says, “If you follow My Laws,” you will receive all the blessings mentioned there. There is always room to grow, whether in scrupulously fulfilling the commandments, or in Torah study. (Collage)
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The Simple Answer
Disc: 193 / Program: 769 | My Encounter
Yaakov Abrams is a business appraiser and author on business evaluation living in Los Angeles, California. In the early 1980s, in the midst of exploring his Jewish roots, he began to suffer tremendous pain related to a personal matter. He decided to write to the Rebbe about it and hoped for a response that could make everything clear and easy. But that’s not what he got, at least not right away… (1984)
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Counting the Days
Disc: 192 / Program: 768 | Talk
Event Date: 23 Iyar, 5742 • May 16, 1982
The days between Passover and Shavuos correspond to the Israelites’ journey from Egypt in the lead up to receiving the Torah at Sinai. The closer they came to their goal, the more their anticipation grew. ExpandMore
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N’shei Chabad
Disc: 192 / Program: 768 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 25 Iyar, 5750 • May 20, 1990
The Rebbe addresses members of the N’shei Chabad women’s movement in the lead up to Shavuos.
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Latest Releases
Disc: 192 / Program: 768 | Eye to Eye
A book needs to be paid for. How many are here? May you have blessing and success, and much thanks for the books. Good tidings. (Collage)
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More Than Stories
Disc: 192 / Program: 768 | My Encounter
In the mid-1970s, Rabbi Gershon Burkis was a member of the Religious Council in the city of Lod, Israel. With a number of children in their schools reaching the age for reading books, he decided to do something about the dearth of quality Jewish educational reading. With blessings and direction from the Rebbe, the Machanayim collection was born.
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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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