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Books by Rabbi Dalfin:

The Real Shlomo $35 240pp; Hardcover; Glossary
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A Model for Leadership-The 7 Lubavitcher Rebbes
- $15 – a look at these spiritual giants and their impact on their communities and followers
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Attack on Lubavitch
- $15 - A Response to Berger’s accusations
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Chabad House
- $16 – history of a Chabad Houses survival
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Chasidim Farbreng
- $15 –  collection of stories and meaningful messages from chasidim who farbrenged in “770” Buy now

Conversations with the Rebbe
- $15 – interviews with 14 Jewish figures about Rabbi Schneerson
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Davening – High Holidays
 - $8 – stories, explanations and lessons on the High Holiday prayers
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Davening – Shabbat
 
- $8 – stories, explanations and lessons on the Shabbat prayers
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Davening – Weekdays
- $8 – stories, explanations and lessons on the weekday prayers
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Demystifying the Maamar
 
- $15 – 10 chasidic discourses said by the Rebbe at various occasions.
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Demystifying the Mystical
 
- $25 – a primer to ease the beginner into the world of mysticism and Chasidism
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Farbrengen
 - $10 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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Habad Portraits
 - Interesting People, Events and Curiosities in Habad Hasidism - $25; HC; 240pp; 4-color cover
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LubavitchSpeak: Colloquialisms and Dictionary
 - $20 – Understanding a culture is understanding their language
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Ohel Guide
 - $8 – practical guide for preparation and prayer in visiting the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s holy gravesite.
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Practical Halacha
 - $15 – Based on the rulings of the Shulchan Aruch HaRav
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Soul Journeys
 - $8 – lessons & stories of reincarnation experiences & dybbuk removal
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Teenagers Farbreng
 - $12 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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Teenagers Farbreng 2
 
- $8 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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Teenagers Farbreng 3
 - $12 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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The Invisible Hand
 – $12 - Adventures of a Lubavitch Emissary
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The Rebbe’s Advice
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 2
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 3
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 4
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 5
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice vol 6
 - $15 – Practical guidance base on the Rebbe’s letters
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The Rebbe’s Emissary
 - The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Dovid Bryn - $20; HC; 176pp, 4-color cover
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To Be Chasidic
 - $30 – a guide into Chasidism exploring its history, founding principles and practices.
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To Be Lubavitch – A Contemporary Guide
 - $18 – This is the first practical & philosophical guide for those who seek to increase their Chabad-Lubavitch literacy.
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch
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$24 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch - Women
 - $22 – Brief biographies of Lubavitcher Women
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch II
 - $22 – Brief biographies of 28 Chabad personalities.
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 2
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$12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 3
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$12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 4
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$12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 5
 - $12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Your Better Self
 - $15 – a book on the Chasidic approach to self-improvement.
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Chasidic Niggunim
 Audio tapes @ $10 or $45 all 5
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Your Better Self
 - $45 (YBS book, 1 niggun tape & video of Chasidic farbrengen & niggunim sung live).
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CDs

1. Ginzei Lubavitch – all 12 for $120 or $15 each
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2. Learn, Understand and Sing Chasidic Niggunim - $20
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DVDs

1. The Mashpia: Reb Mendel - $15
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2. The Shadar: Rabbi Raichik - $15
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3. The Chasid & Rav: Rabbi Avraham Elye Axelrod - $15
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4. Secrets of Kabbalah: The Kabbalist Machluf Lasri - $15
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5. Rabbi Dalfin interviews Zalman Schechter - $10
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6. The Professor & The Chozer: Professor Don Seeman interviews The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Chozer, Rabbi Yoel Kahan about Chabad Chasidus - $15 (in Hebrew.)
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7. The Life & Mission of Reb Mendel Futerfas - $15
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8. The Chasid Reb Dovid Raskin - $15
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The Real Shlomo

Rabbi Chaim Dalfin has undertaken the challenging task of unraveling the secrets of one of the most intriguing Rabbinical personalities of the 20th century, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Rabbi Dalfin is an assiduous researcher, energetically searching for hints and diligently deciphering riddles to try and illuminate the complex personality of Reb Shlomo. He has tracked down dozens of people who knew Reb Shlomo, and his persistent questioning has facilitated interviews of a revelatory nature. He grapples with thought-provoking issues such as Reb Shlomo’s relationship with his parents, his becoming a Chabadnik, and his transferring from Lakewood to Hasidism. He seeks to unravel the secrets of the inner-life of Reb Shlomo and opens a Pandora’s Box of new questions and conclusions including Shlomo’s remarkable success as a pioneer of Jewish outreach.

Dr. Natan Ophir (Offenbacher)
Author of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Life, Mission, and Legacy

Rabbi Chaim Dalfin is a leading expositor of Chabad Hasidism in English, and an insightful and prolific writer. In this new book on the life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, he delves into Reb Shlomo’s early life, including his relationship with his parents and his formative years in Lakewood and Lubavitch with an eye towards assessing his troubled legacy. Dalfin neither minimizes Reb Shlomo’s lasting impact on Jewish life nor shies away from the controversy surrounding him. This is a book people should read.

Professor Don Seeman
Department of Religion - Emory University

A Model for Leadership – The 7 Lubavitcher Rebbes

Much has been said and written on the history and philosophy of the Chabad Lubavitch Chasidim. However, very little has been written on the particular message of each Lubavitcher Rebbe as it applied to his Chasidim and the overall Jewish world. This book is not a history of Lubavitch and its Rebbes. It does, however, include historical information which will help the reader understand the messages of each Rebbe. Chabad Lubavitch Chasidism has been in existence for more than two hundred years. The founder, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, brought a new approach to the dissemination of Chasidus. His innovative path was a seed planted that would later give rise to a strong tree with rich and delicious fruit. Today, it is the Chabad ideology introduced by Rabbi Schneur Zalman that spiritually sustains Jewish communities all over the world.

This book explores the positive revolution brought to Judaism by Chabad Chasidus, beginning from Rabbi Schneur Zalman until the Rebbe of the seventh Chabad generation, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Also included are impressionable quotes from each Rebbe. These quotes will offer readers short, but penetrating, lessons with which to enrich their lives.

Chabad House
paperback; 130pp; 8 x 10; 4-color cover

This book records the history of a Chabad Houses survival in suburban America. Marin County, California known for its picturesque hills and mountains was home to a traditional Jewish facility, known as “Chabad House,” that housed a shul, school and Mikva. The neighborhood in suburban Northern California became the topic of conversation when its neighbors opposed the religious institution. The County granted Chabad a “Use Permit” but for several years Chabad wasn’t able to hold its programs because of a heated legal battle that ended in the California State Supreme Court. Chabad won. Read the fascinating details highlighting religious freedom in the USA.

Chasidim Farbreng
paperback; 144pp; 5.5 x 8.5; 4-color cover

This book is a collection of stories and meaningful messages from chasidim who farbrenged in “770” during the early 1940s. There are a total of 24 personalities whose words are recorded. Some names include Reb Shmuel Levitin the first mashpia of “770”; Reb Avraham Paris; Rabbi Yitzchak Hendel the Lubavitcher Rav of Montreal; and Rabbi Avraham Weingarten. One gets a practical and historical feel of life in “770” during the early 1940s.

Conversations with the Rebbe

The Talmud teaches that one is obligated to quote his rabbi. This simple yet paramount statement reminds me of a saying that the Rebbe frequently repeated. He would quote his great grandfather, "when one prints something, it is eternal." The significance of putting ones thoughts in writing and having it printed, is everlasting. It will be read and thought about for many years. I say this about this book, "Conversations with the Rebbe," interviews with 14 Jewish leaders. It is their conversations, discussions and thoughts that express their relationship with the Rebbe. I do not necessarily agree with everything and everyone. I am the interviewer, simply asking questions for clarification purposes. After one reads the entire book, one will realize the paramount contribution of the Rebbe.

The 14 people interviewed are:

Professor Herman Branover
Mr. Herb Brin
Mrs. Shoshanah Cardin
Professor Zalman Dimitrovski
Mr. Malcolm Hoenlein
Rabbi David Hollander
Rabbi Norman Lamm
Mr. Nathan Lewin
Rabbi Nissan Mangel
Rabbi Menachem Porush
Mr. Chaim Potok
Mr. Yitzchak Shamir
Dr. Abraham J. Twerski
Rabbi Herbert Weiner

Davening – High Holidays

Reflection

As we prepare ourselves for Rosh HaShana we must rid ourselves of all limitations and restrictions. We do this by beginning the day before Rosh HaShana (Erev Rosh HaShana), with the annulment of vows ceremony. We gather either three or ten people who act as judges. We state clearly, in a language that we understand, all the vows and promises that we made, either knowingly or otherwise, in the past year. We ask the judges to nullify them. They do. But why this ceremony on Erev Rosh HaShana? Because before we can coronate G-d as our King we must release ourselves from vows. Vows represent unnecessary restrictions we put on ourselves. We wanted to be holier than Thou!

Cause us to return, our Father, to Your Torah; draw us near, our King, to Your service; and bring us back to You in wholehearted repentance – Sinning Freely

A person came to Reb Yisrael Ruszhiner and said, "I am a sinner, however, I want to repent." Reb Yisrael replied, "So, why do you not do teshuva?" He responded, "I do not know how to." Reb Yisrael asked, "How did you know to sin?" "I just did the sin and then I found out it was forbidden." Reb Yisrael remarked, "Okay, do the same now. Just regret what you did and later on you will find out the details of teshuva!"

Davening – Shabbos

The Friday night prayers are the head of the entire Shabbat. When we think of the head we remind ourselves about the statement made by our sages. "Ein Umdin Lispalel Ela Mitoch Koved Rosh," one should not begin their prayers before attaining humility. Rosh – head – refers to the Jew. Koved rosh – heavy headed – refers to a Jew’s spiritual status of being engrossed in materialism. When a Jew is "sunken" into the "quicksand" of worldly pleasures, his temporary elevated feeling during davening fades rapidly. Coming to this realization itself humbles the person. The Jew feels contrition and reaches the state of positive koved rosh - humility. The word koved also means to "clean" coming from the phrase, mechabdim habayis, "cleaning the house." Before one davens she needs to "clean" and clear the head of improper thoughts.

This reflection is the springboard for a beautiful Shabbat.

Observe and Remember the one and only G-d – Davening with Sincerity

The Alter Rebbe had a chasid who was very simple. He did not know the meaning of many of the words throughout the siddur. Yet he would "pour out" his soul in davening, for a lengthy period of time and with great devotion. When asked about his conduct, he replied, "I heard from the Rebbe the explanation on the words, ‘Zochur v’Shomur B’Dibbur Echod,’ – that one must guard the ‘echod,’ the oneness in every utterance. Zochur means to remember and Shomur means to guard. Remember and guard with each "dibbur," each word, of "echod," Oneness. Find the unity of Hashem with each word coming from your mouth." To do this, took him a very long time.

Davening - Weekdays

The davener, person praying, is known as an "Oveid" and what he does is "avoda," Both words are related to the phrase ibud oros - the process of making animal hides fit to use. The tanner makes fine leather out of the animal hide. He "works" on the raw hide until it becomes a beautiful entity, perhaps fit even for a Sefer Torah - a Torah scroll. In the same way, an "Oveid" can labor to make himself into a being who can fully express the attributes of his Creator. Even though the materials used in the process may give the tanner an unpleasant smell, it is all worth it. To hold the finished product in his hands, knowing that it took many hours of effort, is of paramount importance to the tanner, and the same is true for the Oveid. Davening properly requires time and effort. Also, it is difficult to become aware of one’s small-mindedness and corporeality. However, remembering the objective - the transformation of character - one lets go and jumps in with joy and anticipation. We call our book "Davening," because this one word best expresses the objective of prayer. We incorporated thoughts from many different Rebbes and Chasidim such as Ger, Belz, Square-Tzernobel, Lubavitch, and Vishnitz.

Demystifying the Maamar
paperback; 144pp; 6 x 9; 4-color cover

In a most clear and concise fashion this book focuses on 10 chasidic discourses said by the Rebbe at various occasions. Although not a literal translation of the maamarim, they are communicated in a practical down-to-earth manner. Each discourse has a list of the unique expressions in the maamar, a title for every few paragraphs that is “user friendly,” and a list of lessons one could live with upon walking away from the maamar.

Demystifying the Mystical

The study of Chassidus needs to be studied in manner that is internalized. This is only possible by understanding the depth of Chassidus by using analogies, parables and examples. In this way Chassidus becomes your food for thought, you can digest it and you have the appropriate words to show how these very same esoteric thoughts are really very practical and down to earth. For this reason I’ve called the book "Demystifying the Mystical".

My goal in writing this book is to create a primer for the average layman who doesn’t have the words and explanations to make Chasidus as understandable as Talmud or the Code of Jewish Law. One doesn’t have to be a Chasid to read this book. The only prerequisite is that you be open enough to pursuing the words of the Zohar, "... And because in the future Israel will taste from the Tree of Life, the Sefer haZohar, they will leave exile with it, in mercy." Chasidus being the application of the Tree of Life, will bring the ultimate revelation of our righteous Mashiach, and being that each and every Jew naturally desires the manifestation of Mashiach, therefore we must pursue the study of Chasidus as we pursue our work, health and family.

Farbrengen

Do Not Rush To Eat

The Rebbe Rashab had certain shiurim he studied after he finished davening, before he would eat. Since he was weak, the doctor asked him why he did this since it was not good for his health. He responded that after one davens the animal soul is in full force; once davening is over it could continue its plot. At that time, if one learns with great joy he can truly aid his G-dly soul in overcoming the undesirable quest of the animal drive.

The Beginning Is Rough

During the very first year of the Frierdiker Rebbe’s leadership, he was dangerously ill with high temperatures. Chasidim asked the Rogetzchover Gaon, Reb Yosef Rosen to daven for the Rebbe. The Rogetzchover responded with a letter. He writes, "We see that Moshe Rabbeinu experienced the revelation of the burning bush at the very beginning of his leadership. It consisted of a tremendous amount of light. So also, the Frierdiker Rebbe, although initially experiences a lot of heat, the end will be very positive. He will continue his leadership for many years in a most powerful way."

Habad Portraits

Interesting People, Events and Curiosities in Habad Hasidism

As the title suggests, this book is a series of portraits of different people, events, and curiosities in the history of Chabad Chasidism. It tells of many unknown or little understood aspects of the Rebbes' lives, the stories of the children of Chabad Rebbes who did not themselves become Rebbes, the stories and viewpoint of the 'foot soldiers' of Chabad in different eras, of forgotten outreach campaigns and initiatives, and even the stories and perspectives of those who broke away or rebelled.

New Chabad History book including chapters: The Malach’s Break with Lubavitch, Reb Mendel Schneersohn’s Brush with the FBI & Ginzei Lubavitch: A Treasury of Habad Recordings. The book is controversial, exciting and honest!

LubavitchSpeak: Colloquialisms and Dictionary

THE FRIERDIKER REBBE, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950) said, Az men dermont zich af di amolike verter iz men zich poshut mechaya, “When we remind ourselves of the ‘sayings of old,’ it enlivens us. That is to say, the expressions we have used through the generations in Lubavitch are permeated with chayos, with life and a holy energy. In them is preserved an entire culture, a lifestyle, and a place of genuine warmth . . . for they come from a time and a place when people truly cared for one another.

It is with this in mind that I have written this little book, which I call, LubavitchSpeak. Because the world of Lubavitch is so vast, and means so many different things to different people, it seemed worthwhile to create a dictionary of its unique words, sayings, and colloquialisms for those who would better acquaint themselves with Lubavitch

A

Adam; Er iz ah Adam. / Man; He is a ‘Man.’ This refers to a true Chasid. According to the mashpia, Reb Avraham Maayor, this was the way in which one would describe a venerable Chasid in Lubavitch, though only a few Chasidim merited the title.

Ah-Ha! Der ah-ha iz gor an anderer. / Ah-ha! The ah-ha! is completely different. The Chasidim of the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, called the Tzemach Tzedek, used to say: The only difference between the Mashiach’s time and before is in the ‘ah-ha!’ When one studies the teachings of Chasidus now—the teachings on Atizlus, Adam Kadmon and Oilomos—one cannot say, “Ah-ha!” because one doesn’t ‘see’ and ‘hear’ these ideas directly. But when Mashiach will come, we will shout out loud, “Ah-ha! It’s true!” For then we will know in reality what we knew only conceptually before, ‘seeing’ and ‘hearing’ them directly. Thus, one can only say this ‘ah-ha!’ when the sensory experience is as real as our partaking of a meal, actually ‘tasting’ it—though the Chasidic ‘ah-ha!’ is more sustaining than any meal!

B

Bchein; Ha’Maise hu haIkar. / So, Result; Action is the bottom line. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh leader of the Lubavitcher movement, stressed that everything written, learned or discussed, must lead to action—bottom line. If it is only theoretical, it is a waste of time. The word he used to make this emphasis was bchein, which literally means, ‘so.’ Thus, if he was told about an idea, he would typically reply, “So?’ as if to say: ‘Then do something about it; stop talking about it.’ Therefore, we say, bchein, ‘No, do something now; don’t wait.’

Practical Halacha

Practical Halacha is a compilation of legal opinions from numerous contemporary rabbinic authorities, whose decisions are based on the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, or Code of Jewish Law authored by the founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

The name of this book conveys its objective: to offer, in a down-to-earth manner, responses to modern day lifestyle questions, from the Shabbos kitchen to acceptable fashion and proper dress. Topics include: Children & Shabbos; Kashrus; Non-Jews & Shabbos and Tznius & Fashion.

Ohel Guide

There is a Jewish revolution happening before our eyes. Jews from all over the world visit a cemetery in the Queens section of New York. It is there that the Rebbe of Lubavitch and his father-in-law are buried. It’s not Jerusalem nor is it Rachel’s Tomb. Why are they coming? In his lifetime, the Rebbe of Lubavitch was receptive to every Jew, regardless of background, education, or degree of religious involvement. All who approached the Rebbe beheld his penetrating insight into their particular condition, and found solace in his purposeful words of blessing and advice.

This is still true. Although we cannot see the Rebbe physically, his is still the address to which we turn in times of crisis, or when a blessing is particularly called for. At the Ohel, (literally, the "tent," referring to the resting place where the Rebbe is interred), thousands of men and women from all walks of life pour their hearts out to G-d, and ask that the Rebbe intercede on their behalf. I have called this book, Ohel Guide because that is precisely what it is. The book guides the reader to get the most out of the Ohel experience.

Soul Journeys

You meet someone for the first time. Inexplicably, you are drawn to each other. You relate easily, you laugh easily. There is no need for the usual masks you wear with typical strangers. On the contrary, you feel as if you’ve known this other person for centuries. If physical chemistry is an irresistible pull between bodies, this is an irresistible attraction between two souls. Though you’ve never met before, it feels undeniably real that you’ve been together in a world of truth, goodness and peacefulness.

Every human being alive today – from the most spiritually sensitive to the most hard-boiled among us – has had "soul experiences." Perhaps you’ve suddenly thought about someone far away, only to have that person telephone you the next instant. Or, perhaps, as in the example above, you’ve met someone for the first time and felt a powerful familiarity or bond that belied the newness of your friendship. Just a few years ago, it was unfashionable to believe in anything Science couldn’t measure. The soul? Beyond-the-body experiences? A life after this one? You had to be a fringe member of society to embrace these beliefs. Not any more. Not only is the "other worldly" gaining acceptance as a reality of life, it’s even meriting major news coverage.

Teenagers Farbreng

Let Him Lie There

The Frierdiker Rebbe asked Reb Yitzchak Goldin to turn him on his side while he lay on the bed in great pain. The Frierdiker Rebbe said, "Laibl (Leon) Trotsky should remain lying like the Maharal m’Prague’s Golem. The Rebbe then pointed to his body and said, "Look, Yitzchak, what has become of me. What do you think? When a Jew is in pain is it good?" Yitzchak replied, "Yes, pain is good for Ivan, not a Jew." The Rebbe responded, "It could be you are right."

Self Defense

The Frierdiker Rebbe had traveled from Lubavitch, with Shmuel Katzman, to Rogotzov in regard to a certain communal matter. Several days later the police came to the Rebbe Rashab and informed him that gangsters were waiting, at the train station, for his son. They intended to hurt him. This information was immediately given over to the Frierdiker Rebbe. During this period, the Frierdiker Rebbe always carried a gun. He returned from Rogotzov, loading his pistol, prepared to protect himself. The Frierdiker Rebbe and Shmuel Katzman noticed the gangsters through a window. Shmuel approached them and said, "You are waiting for the Rebbe Rashab’s son. If you think you are going to hurt him we will make of you ash and smoke." Upon hearing this they ran away because they feared the police.

Teenagers Farbreng book 2

Being Smart

A clever person acts right away; a fool procrastinates and pushes it off till tomorrow.

Remedy for Alacrity

Study the second section of Tanya, Shaar HaYichud v’Emunah. Once you have done that, continue to reflect on the thought mentioned in the beginning of Tur Orach Chaim: "There is no comparison between a person’s behavior and occupation while sitting alone in his house to his behavior in front of a great king." After meditating upon this for one hour, each time you need encouragement to act with alacrity, remind yourself of the previous thoughts, i.e., from Tanya and Tur, and it will help you attain alacrity. In the Alter Rebbe’s own words: "By remembering this, the person will remind himself of Hashem who stands with him and he will get up from his laziness and act with alacrity."

Teenagers Farbreng book 3

You Never End

The Tzemach Tzedek saw a ma’amor that was written by a Chasid. At the end he wrote "Salik," (finished) as is customary to state when concluding a dissertation of Torah. The Tzemach Tzedek commented, "Fool, Fool, this Chasid thinks he has already finished…"

Living It Up

Reb Kadish Rumanov was a big Chasid. He was the one who made Reb Chonye Marazov and Reb Zalman Havlin Chasidim. His avodas Hashem was unbelievable. He would walk back and forth and say, "I want to live with ‘Echod,’ the unity with Hashem, and I want to die with ‘Echod.’"

The Invisible Hand – Adventures of a Lubavitch Emissary

The inspiration for the book is the overwhelming response of young newly married couples and yeshiva students going out to do the Rebbe’s outreach work, commonly known as shlichus. The shliach, (male) and shlucha (female) are carrying the torch, which ignites Jewish souls throughout the world. Hence, the Hebrew word shliach (shlucha) literally means emissary – the one who does the shlichus: the mission of reaching out. Having the great merit of being on the Rebbe’s shlichus since 1984, I have personally experienced a lot of ups and downs. To say it’s all been rosy is a lie. To say it’s been exciting is true. But more importantly, it is the wish of the Rebbe, and that’s what counts. The Rebbe chose my wife and I as his shluchim to Marin County, California. Our shlichus there was from 1984 – 1992. Our shlichus then moved to Los Angeles from 1992 – 1996. Since 1996, our shlichus has been in Brooklyn, New York.

Because the people in each area have their specific needs, the stories you are about to read are different. Since the challenges we encountered in each place were fraught with their own set of trials, I’ve divided the book into 3 sections, corresponding to the 3 different cities the shlichus warranted. Additionally, many young men and women are sent on shlichus as part of their yeshiva education. They are sent as older guides to yeshivas and girls’ seminaries outside of New York. These young people could benefit from reading the book. In many of the stories we share lessons the shliach and shlucha can take with them wherever they go. Knowing a little of what to expect could save much hardship, although there is nothing like going through it oneself.

The Rebbe’s Advice

Migraine Headache

Recently medical science has discovered nicotinic acid as a cure for migraine headaches. I also suggest getting yourself a small kosher mezuzah to be carried with you at all times, except Shabbos and holidays. The mezuzah should be double-wrapped in some material in order to permit carrying it with you everywhere. Otherwise there might certain places where, halachically, you are not permitted to carry it.

Head pains

In response your letter, I believe that the head pain you have is associated with the irregularity of your menstrual cycle. When you will regulate your cycle through appropriate procedures, your pains will be reduced.

The Rebbe’s Advice book 2

Clothing and Appearance

Unfortunately, the galus is so great that people are constantly indulging in such materialism as clothing. Every day one feels he needs to wear a new garment different than the day before. If he does not have this change daily, his nefesh habahamis (animal drive) feels lacking!

Clean clothing

The previous Rebbe instructed the students of Tomchei Timimim to dress properly, cleanly, neatly, and that their speech should be clear and organized.

The Rebbe Advice book 3

Hitting Students

You are correct that it is not appropriate to educate students by hitting them. Many times one loses more than he gains by doing so. We see that giving students instruction in a firm but pleasant manner accomplishes much more.

Language

You ask which language to use in teaching the children the Talmud Torah. In my opinion, the emphasis should be on educating the children to be G-d fearing, on loving to learn Hashem’s Torah and performing His mitzvot. If a particular language will affect the child’s yiras shomayim, Fear of G-d, that is wonderful. Of course, in the middle of a school year, it is not proper to change the studies from one language to another.

If the parents desire a certain language, suggest to them that, based on a majority vote, that is the language that will be used in the classroom. The parents mention the great importance of learning in Yiddish. True, however, they fail to realize that the responsibility of teaching children to speak Yiddish is theirs and not the school’s! Most importantly, I was informed of the misconduct of the children on days when there is no school. They are acting without menschlichkeit. It is most relevant for the parents to alter their Yiddish campaign and to place the emphasis upon saying simple blessings, davening, respecting teachers, parents and grandparents, and upon basic decent behavior towards people.

The Rebbe’s Advice book 4

Brothers Finding Shidduch for Sister

I must ask you to convey to your brothers in my name, "why are they not actively helping you?" This is a great wonder and very troublesome. They have G-d’s brocha to do what it takes to find a shidduch for you.

Suggestions for Stopping Intermarriage

You write about your daughter and her interest in a non-Jewish man. Here are several things you should do to help avoid the problem.

1. Find several friends of hers who study with her in school to influence her to change her mind. Friends, especially those her own age, can change this situation more easily than parents can.

2. Since all family members are associated not only physically, but spiritually as well, each family member’s increase in Torah and Mitzvahs will affect her in a positive Jewish way. This is especially true for the parents, the more they increase their yiras shomayim, Fear of G-d, the greater the results.

3. Sometimes this happens to a child because when her mother was pregnant with her, she and her husband were not careful enough in the details of family purity. Since teshuva helps retroactively, the more the parents improve in this issue amongst themselves and influence others, the better the results will be in affecting their daughter.

The Rebbe’s Advice book 5

Get a Job

Our sages emphasized the importance of not sitting idle without work. Therefore, it is worthwhile that you continue your current employment to the best of your ability.

When Not To Sell a Business

You are right in wanting to sell your business as of now, because your general business predicament is poor. Hopefully, in a very short time, things will improve financially for you, and then you will have the ability to sell your business.

Tithing When You Do not Have It

Until your financial situation improves, give 5% and mark down the rest that you owe.

The Rebbe's advise vol 6

Saying Yizkor on Rosh HaShana

The Rebbeim said Yizkor privately on Rosh HaShana.

Spain

The Rebbe writes to Rabbi Shmuel Amsalom of Barcelona, Spain about the importance of disseminating Torah in Spain. The Rebbeim said Yizkor privately on Rosh HaShana. …Specifically in Spain, it is more important to enliven and disseminate Torah and Judaism. Jews in Spain had self sacrifice for Judaism in giving up their life for G-d. Needless to say today, when it’s permitted to learn Torah and perform Mitzvos freely throughout Spain, surely the dissemination of Torah should be done with joy and gladness of the heart.

Rebbe Read French

My secretariat doesn’t write French, therefore this letter is written in Hebrew. You can continue writing to me in French but let me know in which language is it easier for you to receive my reply, Hebrew, Yiddish or English

Chairman isn’t a Secretary

The Rebbe in writing to Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, encourages him to assume the position as the head of Colel Chabad. Rabbi Zevin was concerned it would be too much for him. The Rebbe told him they (the Colel Chabad orginizers) won’t disturb him with secretarial work.

Length of Skirts

I was asked what is the tznius length of a skirt? My opinion is it should be at least long enough to cover the knees while sitting. This is standard for all women and girls in every country. However since there are places where the custom of the community is to have more stringent standards, therefore one needs to ask the rabbis of that community for guidance. This stringency isn’t only a social stringency but could be a halachic issue. When something is the minhag hamokom, community custom, it attains Torah stringency, making it forbidden to do otherwise.

Tzedakah Guarantee

Giving tzedakah causes a person’s hand to be a chariot for G-d’s Will, as explained in chapter 23 of Tanya. Therefore your report that you made a summation of your total income and it’s just as it was last year, although you gave more charity this year, cannot be. Either you didn’t receive the final calculation of your yearly earnings or there is a mistake in the calculation. The writer of this letter donated a large sum to the Rebbe’s causes. Seemingly, he had written to the Rebbe that although this year he gave more tzedakah than last year, nevertheless he didn’t profit anymore than last year. Hence, the Rebbe’s reply, it can’t be.

Sefer better than Photocopies

The Rebbe encouraged the learning of the Alter Rebbe’s chasidus sefer, Torah Ohr to be learnt each Shabbos. The gabbaim of “770” photocopied the weekly section and distributed it on Friday night to people in “770.” They notified Rabbi Hadakov about this. Rabbi Hodakov notified the Rebbe. The Rebbe commented, they should distribute the sefer (Torah Ohr) rather than photocopies. The reason is because the costs are less and surely there won’t be the bother of making the copies. Additionally, sometimes one needs to research some other discourse to understand the weekly section. If he has the entire sefer he can do so; if he only has the photocopied section he cannot do so. It’s more respectful to have a sefer than a photocopy. The concern that the photocopies will be left around after Shabbos, (which is disrespectful) will be avoided by having a complete printed sefer.

The Rebbe’s Emissary

The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Dovid Bryn

Rabbi Dovid Bryn was a Shaliach of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in North Miami Beach, Florida. Although he lived a short life, he managed to change the world. In the course of just 10 years, Dovid transformed an entire community. Read about Dovid’s extraordinary life and learn from his thirteen principles of powerful communication.

To Be Chasidic

Iskafya - Suppressing Desires

There is a Chassidic dictum, "vos men tor nit, tor men nit, un vos men meg, darf men nit"; "what’s forbidden is forbidden, and what’s allowed isn’t necessary. This idea can be found in the Ramban’s commentary on VaYikra (19:2) where he explains the verse "holy shall you be", to teach a Jew that he must be holy in all matters. Otherwise, it is possible, according to the Ramban, to be "a ‘noval,’ a ‘degraded person,’ with the permission of the Torah". For example, he may indulge in food to the point of gluttony, based on the fact that the food is kosher and the Torah does not say exactly how much one should eat. Since he is using the Torah concept of Kosher, to justify his personal desires, he is called a degraded person; he is abusing the Torah. The Hebrew word for holiness, "kadosh," means "separated". A Chasid realizes that he doesn’t have to unite himself with everything. In simple English, just because Torah says something is not forbidden doesn’t give an automatic green light to indulge in it. If this item will be used for a divine purpose, fine. If its use is only for self gratification, then according to the Ramban, this violates the Torah’s command "Be Holy." The Sefer (book) Charedim, (Rabbi Elazar Azkari, Venice, 1601) counts this commandment as one of the 613 Mitzvos.

This concept is a central principle of paramount significance in Chassidic philosophy. Without it one cannot truly appreciate Chassidism. This principle is also known as "Iskafya", "suppression", to suppress the concealment of G-d caused by nature. By withholding himself from seeking physical pleasure, if not for a G-dly purpose, a Chosid demonstrates that nature is not the boss. He thus provides room for G-d to reveal himself. Simply put, to be a Chossid one needs to practice "Iskafya". One simple way of practicing Iskafya is, if presented, say, with a choice between two different portions of a certain food, to choose the one that looks less attractive. In this small way one makes an immediate separation between what is wanted and what is needed. In our generation, when it seems that the whole world is on a diet, the notion of "Iskafya" has developed further. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson, was once asked how the students in the Yeshiva should practice Iskafya. He answered that when they get up from their learning to go to the dining hall, they should continue to think about what they have just learned as they are walking, instead of suddenly regressing into "survival mode," and acting like children. It is necessary to eat, and perhaps to eat well, but there is no need to get involved in eating as a separate sphere of existence where the presence of the Torah is not felt. Through practices like this, Chasidism unifies life around a central purpose. Instead of the endless cycle of "working hard and playing hard," one is enabled to live a fully conscious, satisfying life.

To Be Lubavitch – A Contemporary Guide

The intent of this book, To Be Lubavitch, is to address the questions, what is a current day Lubavitcher chasid and what are the actual practices of this chasidic movement. This book is necessary today because although we don’t’ see or hear the Rebbe, nevertheless, he is our present day Rebbe through his writings and directives. This book shares the Rebbe’s view.

Since Gimmel Tammuz, so many more Chabad institutions have opened; including many more yeshivos and girl schools. Lubavitch families are growing, thank G-d, by leaps and bounds. People from various backgrounds including the Modern Orthodox, non-observant, Litvish and other chasidic movements, are for the first time “tasting” Lubavitch. There is a great thirst to know, understand and live like a Lubavitcher.

Conversely, there are those that decide for themselves what Lubavitch is or should be. However, a Lubavitcher is a chasid. A chasid is a follower—a kabbalas ol’nik. We aren’t a “feel-good” chasidic movement. We survived Stalin with self-sacrifice not with selfishness. We follow our Rebbeim.

Chabad-Lubavitch is first and foremost part of chasidic Judaism. Chasidic Judaism was founded by the holy Baal Shem Tov who in turn was succeeded by the Maggid of Mezritch. He had many disciples. His youngest one was our first Rebbe the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, known in Lubavitch circles as the Alter Rebbe. The Alter Rebbe professed the teachings of the Maggid and Baal Shem Tov.

Today’s contemporary Lubavitch movement is not a social organization or another Jewish movement. Rather it is a group of chasidim which adhere to the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov as defined by the Alter Rebbe. If we understand and accept this, what follows is that our credo cannot and does not deviate from the basic teaching of chasidic Judaism. Lubavitcher chasidim conform to the practices and guidelines of chasidic Jewry. All of Lubavitch’s social and outreach programs, are a derivative of it is chasidic principles. If there is a discrepancy between the social outreach and the chasidic principle, as Lubavitcher chasidim, the chasidic principle governs.

Who’s Who in Lubavitch

We are familiar with the Who’s Who series of books ranging from American history to Australian politics. In Chabad-Lubavitch, we have our own, only ours is holy and very much in vogue. The young man or woman of today might wonder how I could say that, when we live in a culture that makes heroes of individuals who are addicted to unhealthy substances. Is it not more likely that the modern day pop singer is the real "who’s who", and not some Chasid who could barely speak English? In order to correct this attitude I chose the name, Who’s Who in Lubavitch. These personages are the real "who’s who" that young men and women should look up to and emulate.

Among the different personalities profiled, are people who lived as long as 100 years ago. Whether from the past or modern era, they are joined through their traits of humility, dedication to Hashem’s Will and connectedness to our Rebbeim. The reader is encouraged to envision himself as the future "who’s who" in Lubavitch. All it takes is the willingness to fulfill Hashem and our Rebbeims’ directives. To link the past to the present, I included a list of relatives for each personality. It is my hope to compile more biographies of chasidishe yidden who lived during the last 100 years and publish them as part of the Who’s Who in Lubavitch series. Anyone interested in supplying such information, is invited to send me a typed biography for consideration. The personalities in Who’s Who book 1 are:

The book is 390 pages with 48 personalities and pictures

Rabbi Avraham Elya Axelrod
Reb Michoel (der alter) Bliner
Rabbi Shaul Brook
Rabbi Rafael Tzemach Chudaitov
Reb Yonah Cohen (Poltava)
Rabbi Yitzchak Dubov
Rabbi Shneur Zalman HaLevi Duchman
Rabbi Gershon Chanoch Henach Eichorn
Reb Nussen Kalmen Felig (Uncle Nussen)
Rabbi Yitzchak Garelik
Rabbi Sholom Ber Gordon
Reb Moshe Gourarie
Rabbi Eliyahu Gross
Rabbi Yackov Yosef Gurkow
Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda Hecht
Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung
Rabbi Rafael Nachman HaKohen Kahan
Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Kesselman
Reb Moshe Knapov (Bulhakover)
Rabbi Mordechai Kozliner
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Kramer
Reb Shilem Kuryatin
Rabbi Yaakov Landau
Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Levitin
Reb Chenoch Hendel Lieberman (Feter Hendel)
Rabbi Michoel Lipsker
Rabbi Yankel Lipskier
Rabbi Yehuda Kalman Marlow
Rabbi Nissan Mindel
Rabbi Issac G. Mintz
Reb Eliezer Mishulovin
Rabbi Peretz Motchkin
Rabbi Avraham Sender Nemtzav
Reb Avraham Paris
Reb Dovid Pattashnick
Rabbi Sholom Posner
Reb Nochum Preger
Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Raichik
Rabbi Shmuel Yitzchak (Rashi) Reizes
Rabbi Avraham Chaim Rosenbaum
Rabbi Benzion Shemtov
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Shusterman
Rabbi Eliyahu Simpson
Rabbi Yackov Menachem Mendel Sperlin
Rabbi Yosef Menachem Mendel Tenenbaum
Reb Shneur Zalman Vilenkin
Rabbi Moshe Weber
Rabbi Betzalel Wilschanski

Who’s Who in Lubavitch - Women

Chava Belinov Chaya Blau
Miriam Dalfin
Pesya Elishevitz
Zlata Geisinsky
Pearl Goldstein
Nechoma Greisman
Rivkah Hecht 72
Ettel Tzerna Hodakov
Sara Katzenelenbogen
Batsheva Konikov
Pesha Leah Lapine
Chaya Aidel Lebovics
Malka Miriam Levinson
Luba Alte Toibe (Teibel) Lipsker
Zelda Nemes
Miriam Newman
Rebbetzin Risya Posner
Chasia Pruss 143
Leah Raichik
Yocheved Rubin
Chana Schapiro
Rochel Schochet
Henya Chasha Schusterman
Rochel Leah Schusterman
Maryasha Shagalov-Garelik
Ruth Shaingarten
Chava Shusterman
Martha Stock
Henny Sufrin
Zisel Devorah Tenenbaum
Hinda Golda Winter
Chana Wolvovsky
Mrs. Chava Devorah Shusterman
Lieba Weg
Bluma Winner
Yocheved Zalmanov

Who’s Who in Lubavitch II

Rabbi Chaim Meir Bukiet
Rabbi Sholom Chaskind
Reb Avraham Aharon Chein
Rabbi Yehuda Chitrik
Rabbi Zalman Yuda Deitsch
Rabbi Yaakov Moshe HaKohen Friedman
Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Groner
Rabbi Noson Gurary
Rabbi Shmaryahu Gurary – Rashag
Reb Zalman Moshe HaYitzchaki
Rabbi Yitzchak Hendel
Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Eizik Hodakov
Rabbi Yisroel Jacobson
Reb Yakov Katz
Rabbi Shlomo Aron Kazarnovsky
Rabbi Dov Zev (Bera Volf) Kazavnikov
Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky
Rabbi Eliyahu Moshe Liss
Reb Nissan Nemenow
Reb Yitzchak Nemes
Rabbi Dovid Okunov
Rabbi Moshe Rubin
Dr. Avraham Abba Seligson
Rabbi Yehoshua Shneur Zalman Serebryanski
Rabbi Gedalia Shaffer
Rabbi Schneur Zalman HaLevi Shagalov
Reb Shimshon Stock
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Tiefenbrun

Who’s Who in Lubavitch 2

Reb Nussen K. Fellig – Uncle Nussen
Reb Yitzchak Garelik
Reb Moshe Knapov
Reb Hendel Lieberman – Feter Hendel
Rabbi Issac G. Mintz
Reb Eliezer Mishulovin
Rabbi Shmuel Yitzchak (Rashi) Reizes
Rabbi Avraham Chaim Rosenbaum
Rabbi Moshe Weber

Who’s Who in Lubavitch 3

Reb Shaul Brook
Rabbi Eliyahu Gross
Rabbi Pichas Hirschprung
Rabbi Yackov Laundau
Rabbi Yehuda Kalman Marlow
Rabbi Yitzchak Elchonon Shagalov
 

Who’s Who in Lubavitch 4

Rabbi Avraham Elya Axelrod
Rabbi Rafael Tzemach Chudaitov
Rabbi Gershon Henach Eichorn
Rabbi Moshe Gourarie
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Kramer
Rabbi Nissan Mindel
Reb Dovid Pattashnick
Reb Shneur Zalman Vilenkin

Who’s Who in Lubavitch 5

Rabbi Yitzchak Dubov
Rabbi Sholom Ber Gordon
Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda Hecht
Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Levitin
Rabbi Yankel Lipskier
Rabbi Sholom Posner
Reb Nochum Preger
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Shusterman
Rabbi Yackov Menachem Mendel Sperlin

Chasidic Niggunim

Find out the history and background of each niggun. Learn how to sing the niggun properly. Understand the emotion the niggun is calling for. Chabad Niggunim are the pen of the soul. They motivate genuine feelings of drawing closer to Hashem and each other.

Rabbi Chaim Dalfin a master of Chabad Nigunim teaches us how to properly sing these 39 Chabad songs. He gives the historical background and actually sings them in accordance to their message. Finally, he shares the emotional objective in each Nigun.

Your Better Self

Part I: Mind and Heart
1. Mindfulness
2. Expressing emotions
3. Joy
4. Our potential for change

Part II: Relationships
5. Loneliness
6. Heart to heart: sincerity
7. Making friends: perseverance
8. Love: giving and taking
9. Criticism

Part III: A deeper look
10. The duality of ego
11. Selflessness and self-esteem
12. Indulgence and discipline

Part IV: A living spirituality
13. Spiritual perception
14. Community: the truth of farbrengen
15. Patience: the secret of the nigun
 

Ginzei Lubavitch

Yiddish – Interviews with 6 Chabad Chasidim who learnt in Lubavitch. They share memories of the Rebbe Rashab and his Chasidim. Most interviews are with the venerable Chabad Chasid and Mashpia, Rabbi Avrohom Drizin-Mayore

Learn, Understand and Sing Chasidic Niggunim

Rabbi Chaim Dalfin a master of Chabad Nigunim teaches us how to properly sing these 39 Chabad songs. He gives the historical background and actually sings them in accordance to their message. Finally, he shares the emotional objective in each Nigun.

The Mashpia: Reb Mendel

Selected moving scenes of the legendary mashpia and chasid Reb Mendel Futerfas. Scenes include:

  • Daily Tanya Study
  • Davening with three people
  • A chasid’s Davening
  • Rebbe and Chasid
  • How to prepare a lecture
  • Chasid’s power of Imagination
  • Farbrengen does not end
  • Reb Mendel with the Rebbe

The Shadar: Rabbi Raichik

Selected moving scenes of the devoted personal emissary of the Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Raichik. Scenes include:

  • Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim
  • America
  • Shadar – Personal Emissary
  • Ahavas Yisrael – Loving a Jew
  • G-d Fearing Servant
  • Farbrengen
  • Life Cycle Celebrations

The Chasid & Rav: Rabbi Avraham Elye Axelrod

Baltimore’s First Lubavitcher Rav – 1924 – 1952
This DVD is the farbrengen where Rabbi Chaim Dalfin, author of Who’s Who in Lubavitch discusses the life and history of Rabbi Axelrod. Topics include:

  • What is a Farbrengen
  • History of Rav Axelrod
  • Avodas Hashem
  • Favorite Nigun
  • What is a Nigun
  • Shabbos Table
  • Lubavitch Schools
  • Epitome of Bitul

Secrets of Kabbalah: The Kabbalist Machluf Lasri

Three people from the USA visited the world famous Kabbalist, Reb Machluf Lasri in his home in Bet She’an, Israel. In this VD you will hear them ask him about their lives and his responses. For the first time in history, witness for yourself how a Kabbalist operates.

Rabbi Chaim Dalfin interviews Zalman Schechter

This film by Michael Kosacoff is the two hour interview of Rabbi Dalfin interviewing Zalman Schechter about his life. Schechter discusses his life as a student in the Lubavitch yeshiva and many other facets of his life as it evolved.

The Professor & The Chozer: Professor Don Seeman interviews The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Chozer, Rabbi Yoel Kahan about Chabad Chasidus

This video is in Hebrew. Professor Seeman of Emory University interviews the world’s foremost expert on Chabad Chasidus, Reb Yoel Kahan. Kahan enlightens the Professor by answering his questions and addressing vital theological issues.

The Life & Mission of Reb Mendel Futerfas

2-Hour Farbrengen about Reb Mendel Futerfas led by Rabbi Chaim Dalfin.
Topics included in Farbrengen:

  • Biographical Details
  • On the road with Rabbi Raichik
  • Rashab’s Brocha: Yiras Shamayim & Long Life
  • Clever Chasid
  • His Mashpia: Zalman Moshe Nevler
  • 8 years in Siberia
  • Mashpia of Kfar Chabad
  • Revolutionized Lubavitch in Eretz Yisrael

The Chasid Reb Dovid Raskin

A 1½ Hour Farbrengen with nigunnim, stories & words of inspiration about the life of this venerable chasid led by Rabbi Chaim Dalfin.
Farbrengen Topics include:

  • Biography
  • Hiskashrus
  • Sholom Bayis
  • Tzach
  • Talucha
  • Menahel Tomchei Temimim
  • Aguch: “Quick to take action”

DVDs

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