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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?
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.
Enter "Full Article" to view the Chabad.info weekly photo gallery of the events which took place this week at 770 Eastern Parkway - Chabad Lubavitch World headquarters. The gallery includes images of the 12-13 Tammuz Farbrengens, the ceiling of 770 undergoing repairs, which includes many parts being replaced (the old parts will be added to the roof of the Chabad House directed by Rabbi Shloimeh Cunin), and much more.
This week's reading tells the story of the daughter's of Tzlofchad. Tzlofchad was one of the millions of Jews that died in the desert in the forty years of wandering. What made him worthy of note were his daughters. He had no sons to claim his portion in Israel (given to every Jew that left Egypt) only five unsatisfied daughters. They complained bitterly to Moses "Our father died of his own sin…why should we not inherit?!" (27:3,4)" So Moses asked G-d and the answer was. "… if a man has no sons his wealth goes to his daughters (27:8)" ...
Mivtza Tefillin right in Crown Heights. A Chabad.info reader sent us the above photo of some spontaneous Mivtza Tefillin at the Shomer Shabbos Gas Station on Empire BLVD. and Utica Ave. After the costumer mentioned that he hadn't donned tefillin for a number of years...the store owner pulled out a pair of Tefillin...and the rest is history!
My first connection with Chabad and the Lubavitcher Rebbe began in the late 80’s, when I went to New York to visit my daughter, who was attending school in New York. Someone suggested that I meet the Rebbe. I decided to take him up on his suggestion and the following Sunday I stood in 770, just out of curiosity, in order to see the legend for myself. Back then I was not at all religious and I went just to see what everybody was talking about. My wife and I were taken aback by the long line of people. We had never seen anything like it. It was snowing and cold. After along wait my wife wanted to leave because she couldn’t stand the cold, but I insisted on staying and she thanks me for this today...
On Tuesday the shliach of Millbasin NY, Rabbi Yehuda Friedman came to strengthen the spirits of the residents of Sderot this past Shabbos. During his visit he spoke to children attending an evening learning class with the shliach Rabbi Chanael Pizem, about Yud Beis Tammuz and how much the Rebbe does for the Jewish education. Rabbi Friedman than took a tour of the city with the shluchim Rabbi Zev Pizem and Rabbi Chananel Pizem. He expressed his sincere awe for the shluchim and their families and for the wonderful work they are doing.
Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner receiving a dollar from the Rebbe MH"M
By YOSSI ARON - AJN
MELBOURNE – nay, Australia – without Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner? Impossible! Few Australian Jews lack a personal perspective on Rabbi Groner. I, too, have a personal perspective – and hope it encapsulates the feelings of others. Rabbi Groner’s contribution actually commenced in 1947, when he visited Australia as shaliach of the former Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneerson. His first port of call was Sydney, where he was met by a young Chaim Gutnick, who would become a lifelong friend and colleague.
The Jewish community of Chelyabinsk has wrapped up the seminar 'Shabbat with the Community'. This three-day event, organized by the Educational Department of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, involved Chairmen from Jewish communities in the Urals Region that are without a resident rabbi. Lay leaders came from Magnitogorsk, Novouralsk, Kamensk-Uralskiy, Korkino, Kurgan, Kiyshtiym, Miass, Nizhniy Tagil, Troitsk, Chebarkul' and Zlatoust. "In a decade of working with the Jewish community, this is the first time I have spent a genuine Shabbat," explained Izya Yakovlevich from Magnitogorsk.
Consul general of Israel to the Southwest, Asher Yarden, joined Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, Texas regional director of Chabad, in affixing the mezuzah to the front doorway of the newly expanded Chabad Lubavitch Center-Texas Headquarters. Hundreds of Houstonians from across the Jewish community turned out for the Chabad Center’s west wing dedication. The ceremony included a Chinese auction, cocktail reception and concert with Benny Friedman and Chony Milecki.
The passing of the man who changed the face of Australia last week, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner OB”M, had ripple effects even on the distant Sydney Jewish community. In association with the end of the shiva, a major gathering and memorial service took place where flocks of people came to express their appreciation to, and remember, this great leader. The event was arranged by the Sydney Anash community, the Tzemach Tzedek Community Centre, in conjunction with Chabad Lubavitch Yeshiva Centre.
After Maariv on Tuesday night there was a Farbrengen in honor of the great day. Rabbi Isaac Levitansky, Shliach in the city, began the Farbrengen with the singing of the Niggun Padah BeShalom. Guest speaker was Rabbi Meir Plotkin from Montreal, brother-in-law of Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky A"H, The Rebbe’s shliach in Simcha Monica, and uncle of his children who are continuing his work.
Crown Heights residents gathered yesterday (Wendesday) to take part in a farbrengen marking the first Yartzeit of Hatomim Menachem Mendel Moshiach A"H, who passed away at a tender age. One of the speakers at the event was Rabbi Tzvi Lustig, principal of Ohalei Torah who movingly spoke of how he would often glance at Menachem Mendel during Davening and was always impressed by his devotion. Another speaker was Harav Nachman Shapiro who reviewed a Mamer in honor of 12-13 Tammuz.
A Crown Heights resident walking on Kingston Avenue was held up by an African American male pretending to have a gun * The perpetrator placed his hand in a black plastic bag attempting to make it appear as if a gun was inside it * The victim responded by grabbing the bag and immediately realized that the gun was a hoax * The Police Officers and Shmira members caught up to the perpetrator on the corner of Albany Avenue and Carroll Street where the Police placed him under arrest.
On Wednesday morning scenes of the swap between Israel and Hizbullah and the images of two coffins appeared all over Israeli news outlets. Rabbi Dovid Meir Drukman, the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Motskin enjoys a close relationship with the Regev family. in an interview with Israeli TV today following the swap he said "This is a day darker than dark, on the one hand our Sages imposed a special blessing of thanks to the Almighty when the dead corpses who fell in the battle in Betar some 2000 years ago came to burial but it is very difficult to accept this as a consolation in exchange for the tremendous amount of blood that has been shed. I hope I am wrong but we will pay dearly for such a swap.
It's tourist season in Tokyo Japan and Rabbi Binyomin Edery, director of Chabad Tokyo Japan, does not rest for one minute. Now that many people come to tour Japan, during the summer months, chabad's mivtzoim activities only increased. Rabbi Edery goes to major tourist attractions, such as Mount Fuji and finds Jewish people there. In one instance he put Tefillin on an elderly Yid from Paris, who did not put on Tefillin since his Bar Mitzva.
Rabbi Yosef Paltiel will once again be giving a Tanya shiur during the summer Shabbosos in Empire Shtiebel. Mincha is at 6:00 followed by the shiur which goes for about an hour. The shiur is in English. Arranged by Empire Shtibel! In order to provide more learning options, and make it easier for people to access them at any time, Yagdil Torah have compiled a list Torah resources. The list includes many websites that offer audio shiurim, and also online libraries which one can access at any time and place.
Following the recent passing of our esteemed Shliach, Rav and Morei Da'asra, Rabbi Y. D. Groner of blessed memory, I am writing to provide some very important information. In the weeks before his passing, Rabbi Groner issued instructions to establish a Vaad Ruchni made up of the following members: Rabbi B. Cohen, Rabbi A. Glick, Rabbi C.T. Groner, Mr S. Gurewicz, Rabbi Z. Telsner, Rabbi S. Yurkowicz.
The Vaad Ruchni will work together with the Committee of Management, providing guidance and advice on Chabad-Lubavitch ethos and teachings relating to any of the Yeshivah Centre moisdos (institutions).
In the zchus of Rabbi Groner may the entire Yeshivah Centre community work together to ensure that the Rebbe's moisdos to which Rabbi Groner, the Rebbe's Shliach, devoted his life, continue to grow from strength to strength. Yours sincerely,
Don Wolf Chair-Committee of Management.
Shloshim of Rabbi Groner OBM Thursday 7th August 8:00PM Yeshivah Centre 92 Hotham St East S Kilda
Rabbi Elie Estrin, who runs Chabad’s University of Washington organization, has just finished training as a Seattle Community Police Chaplain. He’s the only rabbi of about 30 chaplains, a mix of clergy and lay people, and only one of two Jews. The volunteer chaplain force assists police in giving tragic news to families of accident and crime victims, including death notification. Although they are accompanied by a uniformed officer, their work frees other officers to do more specific police duties. Rabbi Estrin learned of the program in an unusual way — when he and his wife Chaya were woken at about 3 a.m. one morning by a loud pounding noise.
Wednesday: Farbrengen to mark 1st Yahrtzeit of Menachem Mendel Moshiach Anash and Temim are invited to a Chassidishe Farbrengen For the first Yahrtzeit of Menachem Mendel A"H ben Yibadel Lechaim Tovim Avner Moshiach.
Wednesday, 13 Tammuz Chag Hageula in "R' Getzel's Shul" 8:30 - 9:30 Shiur 9:30 Farbrengen with Rabanim and Mashpiim Refreshments will be served!
For details call 917-807-6373 Women's section will be open from 9:30
Yesterday evening (Tuesday) the central Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen took place in 770, with the attendence of hundreds of Crown Heights residents and Temimim. Despite the fact that Crown Heights has been quite empty since the beginning of the summer, Beis Chayenu was still a 'packed house'. The Mara Deasra Rabbi Ahron Yaakov Shvei, The keynote adress was given by the diretor of Merkoz Leimyanei Chinuch, Harav Sholom Mendel Simpson who captured the audience with a talk on the signifacance of Chag Hageulah.
In a reversal of a 2007 decision, Princeton University has granted chaplaincy status to Rabbi Eitan Webb, director of Chabad on Campus there. Webb, who has been a presence on the Princeton campus since 2002, will officially join the ranks of the university’s affiliated chaplains when the academic year begins in September. His colleagues include Rabbi Julie Roth, executive director of the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel, and 12 religious leaders from a variety of denominations.
A Crown Heights resident riding his bicycle on Kingston Avenue stopped at Post Mark-it and left the bike leaning against the wall, a few seconds later he left the store and his bike was gone * The resident promptly notified Shmira and a description of the bike was transmitted over the Shmira radio requesting that members keep an eye out * Shmira members canvassed the area in search of the bicycle. After around two hours of searching, one of the residents’ friends went to Prospect Park and upon entering, he spotted two teenagers riding the bicycle around the track * One of the Shmira members flagged down a passing Police scooter and the Officer stopped the two teenagers.
On Sunday, July 13, Congregation Agudas Achim was the site of Camp Emunah/ NCFJE's empowerment breakfast Celebrating Over Half A Century of Public Service in Ulster County. The annual breakfast honored elected officials, public servants and business leaders who play a vital role in shaping the growth of Ulster County. The enthusiasm was almost palpable as the awards were announced and the awardees accepted their presentations.
A new website has been posted by Chabad of Kazakhstan, which boasts tons of news on the activities of chabad in the region as well as lots of multimedia content * Kazakhstan, which was part of the former Soviet Union, is famous for being a place of exile for those who were considered as offenders against the former Soviet regime * Among them was Rabbi Levi Yitzchok who was exiled to Kazakhstan for his activities in maintaining Jewish life * Chabad of Kazakhstan proudly invites you to visit this website, to find out about our many activities, and to give a helping hand.
Over 200 men, women and children from the greater Monsey community participated in the K’hal Beis Menachem First Annual BBQ! * The crowd heard greetings from Rabbi Boruch Lesches, the Rav of K’hal Tzemach Tzedek Lubavitch *Tthe crowd was also treated to more than 90 minutes of beautiful and energetic singing by the world renowned Chassidic singer Lipa Schmeltzer!