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Why the Round Menorah?
In 1982 the Rebbe stated that the round Menorah is NOT the real shape of the original Menorah * Furthermore, round branched Menorahs represent the dominance of Golus over Jews * So why the round Menorah?
“Did you hear about the new rabbi in Jackson? He’s Chasidic and even wears the traditional beard and fedora.” This conversation was overheard by a local member of the Jewish faith from a clerk in the post office. The “rabbi” is a new buzz word going around town from people of all faiths. Rabbi Zalman and Raizy Mendelsohn recently moved to Jackson, to establish Chabad Lubavitch of Wyoming; a center for Jewish culture, living and learning.
Announcing a special four week series of telephone shiurim. Given by Rabbi Benyamin Walters, author of the "Hishtalshalus CD." The shiur offers solutions for a better grasp of Chassidus and is geared those who study Chassidus on intermediate to advanced levels. The shiurim will take place on sundays 24 Tamuz, 2, 16, 23 Av, July 27, August 3, 17, 24. for details of how to join the shiur click here.
After a delay of several months, it has been decided to hold elections for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate at the beginning of Elul. Four Chabad Rabbis are among the candidates, including Rabbi Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi, Av Beis Din of Kfar Chabad, Rabbi Eliyahu Yochanan Gurary, Chief Rabbi of Holon, Rabbi Yosef Hecht, Chief Rabbi of Eilat, and Rabbi Shimon Elituv, Rabbi of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. The selection committee is comprised of 150 people, including Rabbis, public figures, ministers, and mayors. Around ten of its members are Chabad Chassidim.
The authorities in Almaty are cleaning up around the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson. This year, the Chief Rabbinate of Kazakhstan asked the Almaty municipality to work together with them to improve the condition of the gravesite and its surroundings and to make it more prominent. After a meeting between Kazakhstan’s Chief Rabbi Yeshaya Cohen and the city mayor, Marat Prinbetov, the akim (governor) of the district visited the shul to determine how much work is necessary. The work is expected to be completed by the anniversary of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak’s passing.
In honor of the three weeks, Chabad of Rachaim in the Shomron held a special Lego workshop on the topic of the Beis Hamikdash. The workshop gave the children the oppurtunity to learn about the Beis Hamikdash hands-on through building the above Lego model.
Shmira received a call form that an African American man was sprawled in the middle of the Street * Shmira members responded within seconds and learned that the man had fallen and injured his knee * The Shmira members, trained EMT’s asked the man whether he required first aid assistance * Shmira members transported the injured man to his destination where he thanked the Shmira members for their kindness and for “looking out for him”.
Barack Obama waded into the thicket of Mideast politics today, siting down with Israeli leaders and visiting Sderot. During his visit to the hurting city Obama was escorted by Eli Moyal, the mayor of Sderot, Eli Moyal, as well as defense minister Avi Dichter, and Tzippy Livni. The democratic candidate was greeted by Rabbi Moshe Zev Pizm, director of Chabad of Sderot.
For the first time in its history, the Kishinev synagogue became the site of a painting workshop that attracted some of the most well-known painters from Moldova. For more than 3 days, the central hall of the synagogue was filled with easels and the smell of paint as Alexandr Alavatsky, Tatiana Frunze, Ilia Leo,and Lilia Nashcu painted scenes from Jewish life in Kishinev while members of the synagogue watched with interest. The workshop, organized by businessman and artist Jacov Tichman, focused in particular on images of the Kishinev synagogue and its spiritual leader: Zalman Abelsky, the Chief Rabbi of Kishinev and Moldova.
A group of girls from Sderot, who along with hundreds of other children from the war torn city came to spend the summer at a chabad summer camp in the United Sates. This past weekend the girls enjoyed an inspiring Shabbaton in Crown Heights. The girls, who's home base for the summer is C.G.I. Manalapan New Jersey, directed by Rabbi Baruch Chazanov, experienced the warmth of 770 during Tefillos, followed by a Melaveh Malka at the home of Rabbi Yossi Brook on Motzei Shabbos, and a tour of the neighborhood on Sunday.
For the second time in three weeks, an Arab commandeered a bulldozer to commit a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. He wounded several people before being shot and killed. The terrorist began his attempt to murder Jews on King David St. near the Yemin Moshe neighborhood. He took a tractor from a construction site, and began plowing into vehicles along the street, hitting at least three cars - one of which he completely overturned - and a bus. When the terrorist reached the intersection of Keren HaYesod St., a citizen and Border Guard policeman shot and killed him.
Overall, the second Lebanon war was a grand failure, purely caused by the Israeli governments failure to heed the Rebbe's call. The war was marked down in history as an infinite loss for Israel and the Jewish nation as a whole * However unfortunate the circumstances, the chabad angle actually felt some success right from the beginning of the war. Like soldiers in battle, Chassidei Chabad from literally all over the world encouraged the I.D.F. fighters with the Rebbe's message and Mivtzoim * Chabad.info is proud to exclusively present the following photo gallery which portrays a group of Temimim as they escort a tank brigade into battle.
Click Play on the video above to view a tour of the Rebbe's library. "It was truly awe-inspiring to behold these personal items, holy books and manuscripts that belonged to and were handled by these larger-than-life spiritual giants spanning over two hundred years" writes Adam Jay, the author of the video clip.
At last, the Chabad Nusach for Yomim Noraim — offered in a voice and style easy and pleasant to follow! Spiced with uplifting and catchy nigunim, this rendition, recorded by Rabbi Yossi Rutman, gives the davening a deeply engaging flavor. Chances are, you’ll pick it up after a few listens and play it again and again just for pleasure. Yossi Rutman has led High Holiday services in Chabad centers in cities throughout Europe, South Africa and the United States. Entire Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur davening on 2 Cds: only $19.95. Now available at Judaica World.
The director of Kazakhstan Jewry, Rabbi Moshe David Cohen, has concluded his annual tour of the country’s Jewish communities. Rabbi Cohen visited the following cities: Almaty, Karaganda, Temirtau, Astana, Pavlodar, Semipalatinsk, the village of Zheni Sami, Ust-Kamenogursk, Kazil Orda, Chiali, Turkestan, and Chymkent. At the beginning of the tour, the members of the delegation visited the tomb of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father.
Watching the dozen boys having fun around New York City, it’s hard to imagine that they come from war-torn homes half a world away. Chabad all over the country sponsored children from the Israeli border town of Sderot to come to the United States for summer camp to get away from the attacks. Our Chabad.info photographer joined one of the groups for a day trip around New York City and brought us the following photo gallery, enjoy!
A large group of families from France is urgently seeking apartments in Crown Heights to rent for Tishrei, if you have an apartments available for rent or know of one, please call Rephael: (718) 913-6495
Rabbi Shlomo and Bracha Turnheim will be opening a Chabad House in Ust-Kamenogursk. The Turnheims have already arrived in Almaty, where they will be staying for several days to observe how to work with the Jews of Kazakhstan. The Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan Rabbi Yeshayah Elazar Cohen reported that the couple worked in Ust-Kamenogursk over Pesach, and they will be running activities there from the new Jewish center, Ohel Eliezer-Chabad Lubavitch.
The Miami Yeshiva was packed this Shabbas not with Bochurim, but rather campers of CGI Miami, which was established more than forty years ago with the rebbes bracha * The camp was more alive than ever this Shababs as the oldest bunk won the opportunity to spend Shabbas with their counselors and the senior shliach to Florida, Rabbi Avraham Korf * During one of the Shabbos meals Rabbi Korf came and sang camp songs with the campers and told them stories of the Rebbe MH"M.
Thanks to a collaboration between Chabad philanthropists Levi Leviev and Meyer Gutnick, the second Chumash with "Toras Menachem" in Hebrew rolled off the press this week, in time for Devorim. The Hebrew "Leviev Edition" was adapted from the much loved "Gutnick Chumash," bringing the Rebbe's Torah "outwards" to many communities beyond Chabad. The current volume, Sefer Devorim, contains literally hundreds of Sichos, both in Nigleh and Chassidus, in a flowing, contemporary Hebrew, something that has long been awaited by Shluchim around the world.
This week at camp Chayolei Hamelech was trully an experience never to be forgotten! Following visiting day on Sunday, two hundred campers, counsellors, teachers, and other staff members at Camp Chayolei Hamelech participated in a huge 'Moshiach War', which begun according to camp tradition with a memorable 'break out'. For several days the campers and counsellors 'fought out' the advantages of their respective themes with songs plays and skits. Photo gallery in "Full Article".
The Kinus HaMechanchos, the Chabad summer educators' conference at the Nevele Grande Hotel in Ellenville NY, was attended by more than one hundred and twenty Chabad educators from across the country. They heard presentations for two education-packed days, from a diverse group of educational experts.The conferees were representatives from most Chabad schools across the country.
Rabbi Mendel Jacobs was never much of a kilt man. Although he is the only Scottish-born rabbi living in Scotland, he had always preferred suits to the traditional dress of his home country. Until now. The Scottish Tartans Authority recently registered the only official Jewish tartan, which was designed with Jacobs’s input. He plans to wear a kilt in the Jewish Tartan pattern to his sister’s wedding in November. “People connect with their Judaism in different ways,” he told The Shmooze. “They might not wear a regular kippah, but they might wear a Jewish Tartan kippah.”
The fast begins at 3:46am and ends at 8:58pm (These times are for the NY area). In honor of Yud Zayin Tamuz - may these days be transformed from mourning to rejoicing - we present a number of hora'os of the Rebbe MH"M pertinent to the three weeks: 1. Increase in Torah study, particularly relating to building the Beis Hamikdash. 2. Make an effort to arrange a siyum Mesechta on each of the 9 days before Tisha B'Av. 3. On Erev Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, make a special addition in Torah, Tefillah and Tzedaka. (Give the value of 2 meals, and preferably 3 meals).
Here at SGP - Chayolei Hamelech, the Summer's Greatest Program has posted a webjam which boasts pictures, daily reviews, and tons of other information for the enjoyment of parents and campers alike. Click Here to check it out.
Due to the increasing amount of student applications, Yeshiva Gedolah Lubavitch of New Jersey has begun expansion. The first stage, which was already completed, involved the renovation of the zal including beautiful new flooring. The next stage, which began in recent weeks, is to add several new dorm rooms, and to remodel the gym. The construction will allow the yeshiva to accept more students for the upcoming year.
Crown Heights residents sitting on their porch noticed three African American youths climbing over a fence and removing a bicycle from the yard * The witnesses, Hasidic Jews, didn’t hesitate and were quick to help their African American neighbors who had been burglarized and followed the three perpetrators * The witnesses flagged down a NYPD patrol car and told them what they had seen, at that point the Officers told the witnesses “OK… you can go now” * Shmira members canvassed the area for over an hour but unfortunately had no luck in locating the bike or the perpetrators.
Rabbi Mendy Greenberg pointed to two symbols on the package of frozen chicken he pulled from the freezer. "That shows it's held to a higher standard," Greenberg said, because two groups judge the product as meeting kosher standards. Foods that are kosher adhere to the Jewish dietary laws. For Rabbi Greenberg, his family, and members of Chabad of Bonita Springs & Estero, there is no question that they eat strictly what is kosher.