There Is Nothing Besides G-d: So What’s The Point?

What do we accomplish by learning again and again in Chassidus that we are nothing and insignificant? The answer may shock you!

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This video highlight is a clip from the full class: Lag Baomer Special: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

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Do ALL You Can To Bring Moshiach! What That Really Means…

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This video highlight is a clip from the full class: Oholei Torah Mesivta: It’s Your World Take Care Of It

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Making Sense Of Bitul

Last week in one of the 8th grade classes from Oholei Torah a kid asked a great question about selflessness and Rabbi Friedman’s response just had to be made into a poster :)…watch the video and see the poster below!

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This video highlight is a clip from the full class: Oholei Torah 8th Grade: Ask Anything

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A Peek Into Samech Vov…

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Samech Vov is a 61-part serial delivered by Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Schneersohn, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, begun on Rosh Hashana 5666 (1905) through the close of 5668 (1907). Elder Chasidim once declared that this work contained “the revelations of the light of Moshiach.” The series Yom Tov Shel Rosh Hashanah, 5666 explains many concepts and previous texts in the Torah of Chasidus. At the end, the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rashab appended a conclusion to the series, summarizing the novel contributions to the fundamentals of Chasidic thought contained in Samech Vov.

Among his discourses, the Rebbe Rashab spoke with special approbation of Samech Vov, for all the qualities that distinguish his discourses are there to be found in great measure, and It is known that the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rashab connected his delivery of Samech Vov with the Ketz, the expected arrival of Moshiach, forecast in the books of earlier sages to come in that year (from a talk of the Lubavitcher Rebbe).

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Can You Inspire Me To Daven?

A mesivta bochur bluntly asks Rabbi Friedman to help him daven…

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What Damages Most Marriages?

Watch as Chassanim who are getting married next month hear the facts of life…

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This video highlight is a clip from the full class: I Am Getting Married Next Month, Now What?

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Don’t Fall Into This Relationship Trap, Especially With G-d

People get all tangled up when you ask them how an infinite G-d can really care about a finite being. Luckily this video highlight can help clean up the mess and lead them to true fear and love of G-d.

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Physical, Spiritual & G-dly

At times it can be very confusing to understand the difference between spiritual and G-dly, but beware they are not at all the same thing!

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Every Mitzvah Is A Favor To G-d, So To Speak…

I have been wanting to make this video clip for the longest time. Ever since I watched Jem’s fabulous video Marching Orders and heard the Rebbe say that every Mitzvah is a favor to G-d SO TO SPEAK I was confused. Doesn’t the phrase SO TO SPEAK completely undo the impact of it being a favor to G-d? And basically I was told time and time again that there is no real way to influence G-d. Which left me even more confused!

Just watch this clip and it will all make sense…

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Counting The Omer: Putting All Of The Pieces Back Together

In middle of the farbrengen the other night for Chof Ches Nissan we suddenly got this clear and concise explanation of what Sefiras Haomer is all about. After all these years it just finally makes sense…this is a can’t miss clip!

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Where Freud Went Wrong

Beginning with Dr. Sigmund Freud, modern psychology just didn’t dig deep quite enough…for that you need Chabad Chassidus.

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Chassidim From Different Backgrounds Dig Deep To Get Chabad Chassidus

In this riveting clip you can really experience the tenacious back and forth process required to truly appreciate why we are so luck to have Chabad Chassidus. Slowly watch as an exquisite picture unfolds the big picture behind it all.

So turn up the volume to hear the questions throughout the glorious process. Wow!

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This video highlight is a clip from the full class: Mammar B’Yom Ashtei Asar

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Over The Shoulder vs. Face To Face

Before Pesach as we were learning the Mamaar B’Yom Ashtei Asar Rabbi Manis brilliantly articulated the difference between Pnimiyus & Chitzonius. For me personally it made so many other fundamental ideas fall right into place, especially the right way to approach parenting (as you will see when you watch this gem of a clip).

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In addition, I came across this class form many years ago on the same topic which will help give a deeper understanding.

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I Bet Your Choson or Kallah Teacher Didn’t Teach You This…

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This video highlight is a clip from the full class: Let’s Talk Intimacy

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Video Highlight: You Don’t Know The Rebbe?

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This video highlight is a clip from the full class: 12 Pesukim The Foundation Of Life (Pesukim 7-12)

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What Is Chassidus?

Something was just messed up…

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class: 12th Grade Bais Rivkah: Marriage, Chassidus & Chanukah

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How Do You Explain This To Yourself?

A group of high school students work through some underlying principles of Judaism.

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class: How To Handle Your Taivos

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The Rebbe Put Me On The List

Rabbi Krinsky shares a personal story that happened in the winter of 1957.

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class: Serving The Rebbe

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G-d Needs: The Interview

Recently I have been meeting some regular 11213.org followers and they have been sharing their sentiments about our over emphasis about G-d and his needs. They have all been saying the same line…“enough we get it , we get it, G-d needs your mitzvos…can we move on?”. 

And to them I say…N0!

Why the stubbornness? Simple:

The fact that people are saying enough already just shows how much more attention must be given to it.

You see it works something like this and I hate to quote Steve Jobs but his famous line of “a lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them” in this particular case of G-d Needs is absolutely true. This concept of G-d’s vulnerability is not a piece in the puzzle but rather it is the magnificent PICTURE THE PUZZLE reveals when it is completed. So the time to painfully connect the pieces of the puzzle one by one is long over and and the time to meticulously observe the masterful picture the puzzle reveals is finally here.

There is no better time to revisit this concept than Yud-Tes Kislev so I am posting an interview we recently recorded addressing this issue.

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Reason For So Many Broken Engagements

Here is a short clip about dating and marriage, included in the post below are some links to previous dating and marriage classes.

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class: Kolel Session: Finding A Shlichus, Marriage, Tznius, & More

Here are some other fundamental classes about dating, marriage, and intimacy on 11213.org:

  1. Setting The Stage
  2. Is There Room For Me In My Bedroom
  3. Let’s Talk Intimacy
  4. Marriage For Men Class 1
  5. Marriage For Men Class 2

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3 Reasons Kids Go Off The Derech

Last night 12th Grade Bais Rivkah came to discuss some heavy topics one of which was why kids their age go off the derech.

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class: 12th Grade Bais Rivkah: What Does G-d Mean?

 

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Bais Rivkah Girl Asks Point Blank Question

11th Grade Bais Rivkah High School girls came last week for a Hashkafa class which was absolutely amazing! This clip is just a taste of what transpired. Oh and by the way this clip relates directly to Today’s Hayom Yom which is included below. Check it out…

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class: Bais Rivkah High School: Are We Supposed To Question?

Hayom Yom: 19th of Cheshvan

A response of the Alter Rebbe in a yechidus: Chassidus is Sh’ma Yisrael.1 The word sh’ma is an acronym of s’u marom eineichem, “Raise your eyes on high.”2The verse says “on high” (marom), and not “to the heavens” (shamayim). “On high” means higher and still higher, to attain a level beyond intellect, and grasp this itself intellectually – as the verse concludes, “and see Who created these.”

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And Sarah Laughed…The Rest Of The Story

Come to think of it why did only Sarah laugh…what about Avraham?

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class: 12th Grade Bnos Chomesh: Free Choice, Definition Of Love, & More…

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Advice Every Dating Bochur Needs To Hear

Dating can often cause all sorts of confusion this clear cut advice can help clear things up.

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This video highlight is an excerpt from the full class of : Kolel Session: Finding A Shlichus, Marriage, Tznius & More

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I Bet You Can’t Resist

Hashem says: “I set the table I dare you not to eat…This clip defines the correct way to translate Shulchan Aruch.

I Bet You Can’t Resist

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Did A Bad Thing Ever Happen?

This video highlight offers perhaps a different perspective on the age old question of: Why do bad things happen to good people?

Did A Bad Thing Ever Happen?

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Just Don’t Kill Me

What is our real fear? The idea expressed in this clip uncovers what’s really beneath the surface.

Just Don’t Kill Me

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A Horrible Thought

Today the King is In The Field and this video highlight warns us of how we should view our relationship with Hashem.

A Horrible Thought

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In Honor of Chof Av

This class on Likutei Levi Yitzchok was given by Reb Eliyahu Friedman of Tzfas, Israel. The class took place at the Levi Yitzchok Library which is named after the Rebbe’s father Reb Levik.

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In Honor of Chof Av

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Big Breakthrough

This video highlight is from a farbrengen with Rabbi Manis Friedman and Crown Heights bochurim and men. It highlights the amazing transition we are undergoing at this point in Jewish history.

Big Breakthrough

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Don’t Think About It

This farbrengen with Rabbi Manis Friedman was given to Crown Heights bochurim and men. The primary issue addressed was the often misunderstood approach of Hesech Hadaas and the powerful impact it can have.

Don’t Think About It

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A Subject No One Wants To Talk About

This class with Rabbi Manis Friedman was given to kolel yungerleit exploring the objective of Shlichus.

This video highlight of Rabbi Manis Friedman is an excerpt from The Objective of Shlichus.

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