~ Library of Inspiration ~

SPECIAL LINKS TO INSPIRATIONAL DIGITAL RESOURCES

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A Glimpse Into The Life and Times of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky זצוק”ל

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HaRav Chaim Kanievsky זצוק”ל and his wife, Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky ע”ה, saying Birchos HaShachar (the Morning Blessings) together

Greatness is not only doing great things, it’s also doing small things in great ways…   and then those small things become great things.

HaRav Chaim Kanievsky זצוק”ל and his wife, Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky ע”ה, were well known for supporting each other in their Avodas Hashem and striving to come ever closer to הקב”ה.
In this video, they can be seen in just such a moment, listening to and saying אמן to each other as they recite ברכות השחר (the Morning Blessings).

(Text above from http://www.theyeshivaworld.com)

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“The unfolding story of the evacuation of the Tikva Children’s Home, Ukraine”

Chief Rabbi Mirvis shlito interviewing the CEO and CFO of Tikva.

This film was made while the war in Ukraine was still raging.

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4 Minutes with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ztz”l

ארבע דקות עם הרב עובדיה יוסף

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Maran – Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ztz”l

The full movie

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Rabbi Moshe Tendler זצ”ל on Medical Opinions of his Father-in-Law Rabbi Moshe Feinstein זצ”ל

In this video, Rav Moshe Tendler discusses Rav Moshe’s views on organ donation and the Halachic definition of death.  See also this article: Halakhic Death Means Brain Death by Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler  [THE JEWISH REVIEW Volume 3 , Issue 3 

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Documentary on The Life of Rav Dovid Feinstein זצ”ל

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Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik זצ”ל

tributes printed in ‘jewish action’ autumn 2003

Reflections on a Life

In commemoration of the
Rav’s one hundredth birthday
and tenth yahrtzeit.

Fall 5764/2003 JEWISH ACTION

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המלמד תורה לעמו ישראל

Both Tefillah and Torah are ‘Avodah Shebalev,’ a ‘Service of the Heart’…

From the 1970 Yahrzeit Shiur – The Teacher behind the teacher.

(Ohr Publishing – Videos of Rav Soloveitchik)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)

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Rav Soloveitchik on the Avoda of Yom Kippur

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Miracles Behind the Creation of the State of Israel – Part One

(Ohr Publishing – Videos of Rav Soloveitchik)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Miracles Behind the Creation of the State of Israel – Part Two

(Ohr Publishing – Videos of Rav Soloveitchik)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Miracles Behind the Creation of the State of Israel – Part Three

(Ohr Publishing – Videos of Rav Soloveitchik)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)

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Powerful story! Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik recalls his experience as a young boy in Cheder in Russia

(in English!)

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Rav Soloveitchik זצ”ל Recalls Rav Kook זצ”ל

(in English!)

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MUST WATCH: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on Torah Study (part 1)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)
Also see here: https://outorah.org/p/64255

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MUST WATCH: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on Torah Study (part 2)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)
Also see here: https://outorah.org/p/64256

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Image from: https://blogs.yu.edu/news/memorializing-the-rav/

The Rav’s famous description (from 1974) of how he experienced the Mesorah as he gave shiur as an old man

(www.yutorah.org)

(English audio!)

There is an English transcript very helpfully provided – it is recommended you open this and follow from it as Rav Soloveitchik speaks.

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Hirhur Teshuvah: The Teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah
Annual Teshuvah Drasha, 1975

Extremely Powerful

(Ohr Publishing – Videos of Rav Soloveitchik)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)

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“The Key is Under Father’s Head”: Historical Memory and Honouring Parents – Excerpt from 1953 Yahrzeit Shiur

(Ohr Publishing – Videos of Rav Soloveitchik)

(in Yiddish with English subtitles)

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Rabbi Asher Weiss, שליט”א

From Holocaust to Revival: Fulfilling the Promise

(https://aish.com/from-holocaust-to-revival-fulfilling-the-promise/)

The esteemed rabbi recounts his moving story about his late father who was plucked from the fires of the Holocaust.

Very personal and deeply inspirational.

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A poignant thought for Rosh Hashanah from Rav Asher Weiss, shlito

September 2020     /     Rosh Hashanah 5781
Including reflections on Covid.

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A very beautiful and important interview:

HaRav Asher Weiss shlito in Conversation with R’ Shlomo Katz

In this interview from 2021, HaGaon HaRav Asher Weiss שליט”א shares his wisdom on a range of important issues.  This is very valuable watching.  But aside from the specific content, it’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and be enriched and inspired by watching, listening to and learning from a Gadol BeYisroel.

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Rav Asher Weiss, shlito:

A Short Idea for Leil HaSeder  (watch the video)

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Inspiration for running your Pesach Seder:

Rabbi Moshe Hauer:

“My Table is an Embassy of my Father’s”

Interview from 2021

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Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski ztz”l on Children & Self-Esteem

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Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski ztz”l – a playlist

 Short glimpses from Rabbi Twerski’s wisdom on 35 topics 

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Difficulties facing yeshiva boys in prewar Poland

A short film:

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The Daf And Rav Meir Shapiro

A short film.

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A wonderful tale about Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman

‘The Rabbi and the Paratroopers’  ~  truly inspirational !

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The Great Ponevezher Yeshiva

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Rabbi  Lord Jonathan Sacks ztz”l

Why I am a Jew

Rabbi Sacks

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Miami Boys Choir – אם אשכחך

A beautiful song, a wonderful performance.

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Yaakov Shwekey – I Can Be

Really moving and inspirational.

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Duvie Shapiro – This is my Home

It’s our home.

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Rashi: A Light After the Dark Ages

A fantastic animated movie about the life of Rashi.

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Rambam: The Story of Maimonides

A fantastic animated movie about the life of Rambam.

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Israel Defying the Odds

A small place making a big difference.

by Rabbi Ephraim Shore

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Thank Israeli Soldiers:     http://thankisraelisoldiers.org/

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image from Aish.com

Rabbi Noah Weinberg, ztz”l: A Tribute

A wonderful film about the late, great Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah
First Yahrzeit Tribute

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Rabbi Noah Weinberg of Blessed Memory

Tributes   Eulogies   His Teachings

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Rabbi  Lord Jonathan Sacks ztz”l on Faith

click on the picture

Rabbi Lord Sacks - Faith

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Shaya Hits A Home Run – a true story

Watch this, change the way you think.
Then, play it to your pupils, discuss it with them,
and change the way they think as well.

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SORRY

A short Aish film for Yom Kippur

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Inspiration from the tragedy in Mumbai

What can I do?  Do a good deed and light up the world.
http://www.chabad.org/special/campaigns/chabadindia/mitzvot.htm

“In your merit, I am a Jew.”
A Letter Sent to Rabbi Rosenberg, Father of Rivky Holtzberg
http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/785085/jewish/In-Your-Merit-I-Am-a-Jew.htm

Senseless Love, by Chana Weisberg:
a stirring film, inspired by the Mumbai tragedy
http://www.chabad.org/blogs/blog_cdo/aid/779256/jewish/Senseless-Love.htm

Various works by Chana Weisberg
http://www.chabad.org/search/keyword_cdo/kid/1691/jewish/Weisberg-Chana.htm

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Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau שליט”א

Chief Rabbi Lau

image from http://www.chabad.org.uk

Chief Rabbi Lau: a short autobiographical film

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My Relationship with the Rebbe – Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau

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Rabbi Lau 2015 March of the Living Speech

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Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman Delivers Investiture Address as New President of Yeshiva University, Sunday September 10, 2017 
19 Elul 5777

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Rabbi Ari Berman gives Chag Hasemikhah Address at his own Semicha ceremony, 1998

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Achieving Change Through Torah
http://www.actt613.org/

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Simple to Remember.com
http://www.simpletoremember.com/index.htm
This is a fantastic collection of easy links to all kinds of material on Judaism.
See the free audio downloads, including:
The new complete Free Rabbi Akiva Tatz MP3 library:
“The Julian Solomon Library”
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With permission from Rabbi Tatz.

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The Lag Ba’Omer celebrations at Meron

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DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE RIGHTEOUS SOULS ע”ה

WHO LEFT US

DURING THE TRAGEDY AT MERON IN 2021

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Tzidkat Rashbi Lag B’Omer in Meron

This wonderful video about the LagBa’Omer celebrations at Meron
highlights the incredible scale of the event,
the enormous joy of the participants,
the great atmosphere of achdut ~ togetherness ~
…and, of course, so mu
ch food!

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Rabbi Hershel Schacter, former president of the Rabbinical Council of America,
tells of coming along with the Rav, Rabbi Yosef Ber Soloveitchik, ztzl,
to visit the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ztzl, in 1980. 

The Rav, ztzl, meets the Rebbe, ztzl 

or try this link if that doesn’t work

RavmeetsRebbe

Studying in Berlin at the same time with the Rebbe, ztzl,
was Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik, ztzl;
his students heard from him about his encounters with the Rebbe, ztzl, in Berlin.

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A great article about the Rebbe ztz”l and the Rav ztz”l

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Three of his students tell of these encounters.

TheRebbeinBerlin

image from http://www.chabad.org

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The Animated Talmud
A beautiful resource for introducing students to Torah SheB’Al Peh ~
Breathtaking clarity, simplicity; exceptional quality; rich content;
delightful to watch, unique resource and learning tool.

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image from The New York Times

The Shimon Waronker Story – amazing!

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Nechama Leibowitz:
Personal Reflections


by Rabbi Ian Shaffer

  • A brief summary of the life and contribution
    of Nechama Leibowitz to the world of Torah study.
  • Why did Moshe break the tablets?
  • The comments of Rav Abramsky ztz”l and Rav Ovadiah Yosef ztz”l.Source at YU Torah Online

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A Rational Approach to the Torah’s Divine Origin

Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen

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( ‘movie version’ )

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“The Torah is aware of its uniqueness and unabashedly offers this challenge to every Jew who has lived since Sinai:

You might inquire about times long past, going back to the time God created man on earth [exploring] one end of the heavens to the other. See if anything as great as this has ever happened, or if the like has ever been heard. Has any nation ever heard God speaking out of fire, as you have, and still survived? (Devarim 4:32–33) “

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image from http://www.chabad.org

12 Tammuz Gathering
with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ztz”l

Footage from the Rebbe’s 1985 gathering in celebration of the birthdate (in 1880) of his father-in-law, the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, R. Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, and the Sixth Rebbe’s release from Soviet incarceration (1927). The Sixth Rebbe was imprisoned for spreading Judaism in the Soviet Union.

Look at the programme to the right of the film to see the event’s structure.

This is an extraordinary recording, informative and compelling.
I’m not a ‘Chabadnik,’ but one does not need to be one to appreciate the Rebbe’s Torah greatness and purity of spirit, and be impressed with his energy and stamina.

Also watch this one:

Farbrengen with the Rebbe—Tammuz 12, 5741 (1981)

In this recording, “The Rebbe draws lessons on the urgent need for children to be raised with the knowledge of a Higher Being, an “eye that sees and ear that hears” everything they do. He also cautions that a society that ignores its responsibility to educate its children about the existence of G‑d risks losing its bearings.”

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This is a lesson about Yom Hazikaron, in a Chareidi school.

The teacher skillfully deals with a subject to which his students would rarely or never have been exposed, certainly not in this way.  Beautifully put together, and a really mature, sincere response from the boys.

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Ro’i Klein ztz”l:   Hero   ~   Inspiration

The Man

The Book:

“With All Your Heart – Insights into the Inner World of Israeli Hero Major Ro’i Klein”

This book contains the thoughts and writings of Ro’i Klein, much based on the thought of Rav Kook.  The book’s small physical size is deceptive – the Torah in this volume is deep, powerful, inspiring.

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A very special tribute,

In Memory of Harav Yehuda Amital zt”l
(movie prepared by Har Etzion talmidim
Yehonatan Weinberger and Ehud Roth)

Rav Amital

click here: www.haretzion.org/ and scroll down page to see video,

“In Memory of Harav Amital ztl”

or watch here:

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Rabbi Reuven Ziegler שליט”א on Rav Yehuda Amital זצ”ל

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G’vurot Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

In celebration of Rav Lichtenstein’s 80th Birthday.

(English subtitles)

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A Conversation with Rabbi Brovender

from the ‘Profiles of Faith’ series, by Soli Yisrael Foger

Rabbi Brovender

My own Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Chaim Brovender shlito, in conversation with Soli Yisrael Foger.

A wonderfully frank, open, personal and honest exchange.  Mr. Foger asks deep questions, listens to the answers, interprets them, then invites Rabbi Brovender to further develop his thoughts.  Watch the whole thing if you can – lots of gems here.

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Theme From Schindler’s List
conducted by John Williams
featuring Yitzchak Perlman

This is just so inspiring.
Watch, listen,
think about all the history
that inspired this music.

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Here is an amazing video:

JOURNEY to the EDGE of the UNIVERSE.

Put on your seatbelts now!  You are going to be travelling at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second)!

Listen out for this important line:

“It is a spectacular tapestry, so vast and diverse in its DESIGN, that the power of its CREATOR must truly surpass all human understanding.”

Go and look for miracles, yourself – from tiny to gigantic, from the smallest bacteria to the vastness of space…

…and what about the miracle of life?  Each of us is a miracle

Feel your heart beating – a miracleAny babies born recently? Miracles!
Go and enjoy the wonders of Hashem’s miraculous world!

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