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 Branch of G-d’s Planting
Disc: 188 / Program: 750 | Talk
Event Date: 21 Shevat, 5742 • February 14, 1982
The Fifteenth of Shevat marks the New Year for Trees, and the Rebbe encouraged men, women and children to celebrate the day with a Farbrengen, a joyful gathering where people inspire each other in the service of G-d. ExpandMore
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Farbrengen
Disc: 188 / Program: 750 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 14 Shevat, 5745 • February 05, 1985
Color footage of a Farbrengen celebrating the New Year for Trees on the Fifteenth of Shevat.
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Bearing Fruit
Disc: 188 / Program: 750 | Eye to Eye
The walnut is covered by a shell, and its fruit, its seed, can produce many more trees. So too, the Jewish people; outwardly they are like all other nations, but their inner purpose, their inner soul, is to produce spiritual fruit which yields even more fruit. (Collage)
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Two Kinds of Trees
Disc: 188 / Program: 750 | My Encounter
Rabbi Zev Litenatsky was an accomplished educator from Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Montreal, Canada in the 1940s and 50s, when, before his Bar Mitzvah, he accompanied his father for a private audience with the Rebbe. He recalls the Rebbe asking him a peculiar question. And teaching him a lesson that has remained with him since.
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Restoring the World
Disc: 188 / Program: 749 | Talk
Event Date: 10 Shevat, 5729 • January 29, 1969
Just days before his passing on the tenth of Shevat in 1950, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father-in-law and predecessor, published a discourse titled “Basi L’gani”. The discourse expounds on many ideas from the Torah that highlight the importance of making this world a dwelling place for the Divine Presence of the Almighty. ExpandMore
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Yud Shevat Vintage Footage
Disc: 188 / Program: 749 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 10 Shevat, 5727 • January 21, 1967
Vintage footage from a Farbrengen in 1967 making the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father-in-law and predecessor, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson.
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A Growing Influence
Disc: 188 / Program: 749 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 28 Shevat, 5751 • February 12, 1991
Mr. Sami Rohr visits the Rebbe to offer thanks for encouraging him to teach a Torah class to others in his community.
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A Real Connection
Disc: 188 / Program: 749 | My Encounter
Rabbi Nosson Gurary is the founder of the Chabad Student Center at the State University of New York, Buffalo. In the 1960s, as a yeshiva student in Brooklyn, New York, he began suffering from chest pain. Upon turning to the Rebbe for advice, he was sent to a doctor who would calm him of his concerns. Years later, the Rebbe still remembered about the incident.
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Brick and Mortar
Disc: 187 / Program: 748 | Talk
Event Date: 6 Tishrei, 5741 • September 16, 1980
Torah relates that the Egyptian exile involved hard labor of “chomer u’leveinim – mortar and brick.” Of the current exile, however, Torah explains that the refinement of “chomer – mortar” is acquired through “kal vachomer – in-depth Torah study,” and the refinement of “leveina– brick,” through “libun hilchisa – clarification of Jewish law." ExpandMore
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Purim Farbrengen
Disc: 187 / Program: 748 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 14 Adar, 5740 • March 02, 1980
During a Farbrengen celebrating Purim in 1980, the Rebbe leads Chasidim in some lively and spirited Nigunim.
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Going Kosher
Disc: 187 / Program: 748 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 8 Tammuz, 5750 • July 01, 1990
Make sure you have rabbinical supervision and may G-d Almighty bless you to go from strength to strength, with good supervision. The main thing is to have real livelihood, and to use it for good purposes, also in your private life.
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With a Whole Heart
Disc: 187 / Program: 748 | My Encounter
Gila Lilian works in recruitment consultancy in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she lives with her husband and family. She was six months pregnant when the doctor delivered some frightening news about the baby. But as it turned out, it was the doctors who were shocked in the end. (1983)
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Make It Your Business
Disc: 187 / Program: 747 | Talk
Event Date: 18 Tishrei, 5717 • September 23, 1956
While the Egyptians enslaved and persecuted the Jews, the Tribe of Levi was given much more freedom than the rest. They were actually allowed to study Torah and engage in holy pursuits. Moses and Aaron who were Levites as well, could have simply ignored the plight of their Jewish brethren and not been any the worse off. But in the end, it was specifically their concern that helped bring the Jews to redemption. ExpandMore
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Dollars: 24 Teves
Disc: 187 / Program: 747 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 23 Tevet, 5751 • January 09, 1991
In honor of the Yahrzeit of the first Rebbe of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the Rebbe distributes Dollars after the evening prayers.
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Getting Some Sleep
Disc: 187 / Program: 747 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 19 Kislev, 5732 • December 07, 1971
During a Farbrengen marking the 19th of Kislev, Chief Rabbi of Philadelphia, Rabbi Ephraim Yolles, urges the Rebbe to get some more sleep.
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Only the Rebbe Knew Her Secret...
Disc: 187 / Program: 747 | My Encounter
Rabbi Yitzchak Wineberg has served as director of Chabad of British Columbia for over four decades. He remembers a particularly interesting story that took place when someone asked him to reach out to the Rebbe for a blessing for his non-Jewish wife. Or so he thought. (1970s)
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Take Us Out!
Disc: 187 / Program: 746 | Talk
Event Date: 10 Tevet, 5743 • December 26, 1982
The Torah teaches us that Jacob’s best years were while living in Egypt during the final part of his life. Nevertheless, Jacob insisted on being taken to be interred near his parents and grandparents in the city of Hebron. ExpandMore
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Nigun Ech Ti Zimlak
Disc: 187 / Program: 746 | Timeless Moment
Event Date: 19 Kislev, 5733 • November 25, 1972
The Rebbe asks the Russian Chasidim to sing a Russian Nigun in honor of the Alter Rebbe’s liberation from Czarist prison. But it needs to be a Nigun with which everyone else can join in.
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A Russian Connection
Disc: 187 / Program: 746 | Eye to Eye
Event Date: 10 Adar, 5751 • February 24, 1991
We need to find a solution for printing the Tanya in Russia. If you go on your own, the communists will probably interfere and get in your way. It would be better if in each location, you found someone connected to the authorities, to the officials there.
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Becoming a Shochet in the USSR
Disc: 187 / Program: 746 | My Encounter
Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan serves as rabbi of the Bronnaya Synagogue in Moscow. He is a former Refusenik and leading figure in the Soviet Jewish underground. Under the intrusively watchful eye of the Soviet authorities, it was most difficult to obtain Kosher meat. Without any alternative, he decided to become a qualified Kosher slaughterer himself. But it was the Rebbe’s encouragement and blessings from afar that kept his spirit alive. (1980s)
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