At the request of the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim, JEM has restored two new Farbrengens of the Rebbe. The new recordings will be released for the first time on two separate occasions this year in the Farbrengen im HaRebbe series.
The videos were recently flown to a company in Burbank, California, which specializes in the restoration of old videotapes. According to Dekel Hamatian, JEM’s Preservation Manager, their strategy is to revisit every moment of the old Farbrengens “to assure nothing is lost, both in quantity – we don’t want to miss a minute; and in quality – we want to assure we’re getting the best possible signal off of these decomposing tapes.”
A part of the Farbrengen of Yud Alef Nissan, 5732 – 1972, commemorating the Rebbe’s 70th birthday, will be released in connection with this Yud Alef Nissan. It will be accompanied by subtitles in four languages and will include ninety minutes of the Farbrengen. In the first three Sichos, the Rebbe speaks at length about the importance of a person toiling in their service of Hashem. The Rebbe establishes that through his own labor, a person can reach a much higher level, becoming a partner with Hashem in creation by overcoming hardships. In the fourth Sicha, the Rebbe requests that 71 new Mosdos be established in honor of his 70th birthday.
The DVD of the Farbrengen will be accompanied by a booklet that will contain a transcript of the Sichos in Hebrew, Yiddish and English. In addition, a special diary of the 1972 occasion will be published in the Kovetz.
The restoration and release of the new DVD is part of a massive restoration project that is currently preserving countless recordings of the Rebbe, and aims to provide 100% access to the materials. The videos, belonging to JEM’s Federman Video Archive, are funded by Benyamin Federman. The preservation project was established with a grant from the Rohr family foundation.
To be one of the 109 communities to screen the Farbrengen with the Rebbe in your community, contact the Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim here.