On the 18th of Nissan 5745, the Rebbe addressed the relevance of Ma Nishtana to the life of a Jewish...
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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?
Yagdil Torah is proud to announce an insightful shiur by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gluckowsky. The shiur will cover the sources on the centrality of the Geulah in Yiddishkeit, its ramifications, and the Rebbe's campaign. You know that kuching in Moshiach is not the exclusive domaine of Lubavitch, now you will know why and what to answer this repeatedly stated fable! The Shiur will take place on the 3rd of Elul, September 3rd at 8:00 pm in Colel Menachem, 303 Kingston Avenue. To see the sign click here
Archive Photo: Rabbi Yossi Nemes and Rabbi Zelig Rivkin with US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff @ the White House
Faced with a mandatory evacuation due to Hurricane Gustav New Orleans area Shluchim and their families are headed to Birmingham, Alabama and Georgia where they will wait out the storm. Chabad.info spoke to one of the shluchim to New Orleans, Rabbi Yosef Nemes, who is in Israel attending a family simcha. "I am now on my way to the gravesite of the Rambam to pray on behalf of the residents of New Orleans, particularly for the Jewish community in the city who suffered severly from the last hurricane three years ago.
The Associated Press reports: The Iowa attorney general’s office says investigators have executed a search warrant at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville, which was the site of a huge immigration raid in May. The attorney general’s office said in a short statement that no one was arrested Friday when the northeast Iowa plant was searched. Officials wouldn’t comment on what investigators were looking for at the facility, which is the world’s largest kosher meatpacking plant.
Two young Hasidic Jewish rabbis have cut a distinctive figure through rural Alberta and along Banff's main streets in the past month. Rabbis Yossi Matusof of Calgary and Moshe Raices of Postville, Iowa, both 20, spent most of August piling up thousands of kilometres on their car and sharing their faith by seeking out Jews in small Alberta centres and talking with tourists in Banff National Park. Their work was part of the Roving Rabbis, an international outreach program sponsored locally by the Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta.
A special message from the 71st Precinct, Due to the Labor day Parade (this Monday) and accompanying celebrations, there will be a noticeably strong Police presence in the Crown Heights area, if you see anything suspicious or notice any trouble, please call 911 and there will be a response due to special units assigned to be available for this purpose.
No parking from President Street to St. Johns, Washington to Rochester. Note their will be no parking signs up in the no parking areas. If anyone believes their car was towed please go to the temporary NYPD HQ vehicles/command centers located along Eastern Parkway, they will have a list of towed vehicles.
A group of parents with sons studiying in Ohalei Torah who would like to keep their fingers on the pulse of their children’s education, and want to have the ability to freely communicate with other parents about the educational and other progress the children are making in class, have set a wesbite with a forum where parents can communicate freely with each other. The website, www.MyOholeiTorah.com is very extensive, and very well thought out, there will be general forums and a forum for every grade and even for every class.
On the anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok, thousands of visitors flocked to his tomb in Almaty. Many people also sent notes via email or fax to be placed at the gravesite. Hundreds of members of the Jewish community were invited to visit the gravesite on this special day. Along with the many guests that arrived from Israel and from around Kazakhstan, there was a delegation of Rabbis from the United States, led by Rabbi Ezra Binyamin Shochat, Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Elchonon-Chabad of Los Angeles.
A group of young Lubavitcher Bochurim where assaulted Thursday night, in the parking lot of Wall Mart in Monticello, NY * At approximately 10:30pm a group, comprised of four Lubavitcher Bochurim where making their way into Wall Mart in the Catskills, when they where confronted at the doors by a group of several African American youths who began provoking the group * The bochurim ignored them, and walked inside. On their way out, a Wall Mart employee told the bochurim not to leave from the exit they entered but to leave from a different door because the unruly youths where still standing there...
Detectives are looking for a man linked to hateful graffiti who was captured by a surveillance video camera in Camarillo earlier this month, authorities said Thursday. Swastikas and other hate-related writings were painted on nine Camarillo properties, including residences and Gan Camarillo Preschool, a Jewish school affiliated with Chabad of Camarillo, the night of Aug. 15, Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said.
Presenting a series on Eilu Metzios and Hamafkid specially designed to help fathers know the material that their sons will be learning in yeshivah. Your involvement will help your child excel in school. The first shiur will be on Sunday, the 30th of Av/ August 31, 2008. The next three shiurim will be on Mondays, the 8th, 15th, and 22nd of Elul/ September 8th, 15th, and 22nd. The perek Eilu Metzios will be covered by Rabbi Avrohom Bluming in Empire Shtiebel, 489 Empire Boulevard, from 9:15 to 10:15 pm.
This week's Torah portion warns us against the false prophet; a person who accurately predicts the future does miracles and even seems to be a holy man conveying G-d's word but really is a charlatan. Even more, the Torah tells us why: to 'know' if we really serve G-d or not!! At first glance it seems that G-d is overdoing it here? Why would He give someone supernatural powers, charisma and prophesy only to fool the poor Jews! Don’t the Jews have enough problems as it is with anti-Semitism, poverty, expulsions, pogroms, internal confusion, politics and more? Why this? Also the reason, so G-d should 'know' is not understood. Isn't G-d omniscient? He doesn't have to test us to know who we are!...
It was supposed to be a routine trip by Rabbi Dovid Chadad to Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). Rabbi Chadad, one of the Rebbe's emissaries to Thailand, was already quite familiar with the streets of Yangon from his previous trips. For a number of years, he would spend the High Holidays with the isolated Jews of Burma, to conduct the prayers and to turn an attentive ear to all their Jewish needs. The "cargo" that Rabbi Hadad was to bring along with him on this trip was unusual indeed. Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor, chief emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Thailand, had asked Rabbi Hadad to make a special trip to Myanmar to print a book of Tanya...
The following is an expert from the "Moshiach" section of ChabadWorld.net on the topic of the Rebbe identifying himself as Moshiach Tzidkeinu.
THE QUESTION HAS BEEN ASKED, has the Rebbe ever said that he is Moshiach in so many words? Let's answer a question with a question. If someone asked you your name and instead of saying it, you spelled it, did you tell him your name? If you answered yes to this question, then yes, the Rebbe has told us plenty of times that he is in fact Moshiach and will presently bring about the redemption. If you answered no, that spelling out your name is not an answer to the question, 'What is your name?' then no, the Rebbe never told us that he is Moshiach.
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Finally, a Phone that is Kosher enough for you and your family! Many Yeshivas are taking cautionary measures to ensure their students stay in Yeshiva is safeguarded from outside disturbances. Parents are encouraged to ensure their children only carry the Kosher Phone to eliminate the use of the internet and messaging. Various Yeshivas are implementing a KOSHER PHONE ONLY POLICY so check with your child's school before the school year begins.
The biggest name in Jewish music today: Avraham Fried will once again entertain millions this year our nationally televised Chabad Telethon 9/14/08… All the staff working on the telethon are very thrilled about this new development!
Campers and counselors of camp Chayolei Hamelech -"where the Rebbe lives" returned home yesterday, inspired and revived, ready to do all in their power to prepare the world to greet Moshiach. After two months filled with activities and learning the children, along with their staff, came to 770 to daven Mincha with Rebbe's minyan, only after which did head home. This summer definately made history, the smiles on campers faces speak for themselves...
John McCain appealed to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement to support his presidential run. Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, made the appeal in a conference call Wednesday with 40 of the movement's rabbis. "I believe this is going to be a tough race," he says in the report and recording posted on Shmais.com, which reports on news and activities within the Chabad-Lubavitch community worldwide. "We have for the first time gone ahead in the polls. But I think we are the underdog. We've got a lot of work to do. I'd be grateful for your support; it would mean a great deal to me."
Chabad Tokyo Japan, directed by Rabbi Binyomin Edery have started a new beautiful website in English and Japanese to promote and teach the 7 Noahide laws in Japan and around the world. They are planning to translate the website to all Asian languages. Click Here to enter the website: www.7for770.com.
Throughout the yahrzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, father of the Rebbe MH"M, on 20th Menachem Av, hundreds of Jews from Almaty crowded into his gravesite, which was recently extended and renovated. They recited Tehillim and lit candles in his memory. In a special tent that was erected along the main pathway to the cemetery, tables and chairs were set up so that people could write notes to be placed at the gravesite, put on tefillin, and receive cold drinks.
McCain to the Shluchim: " I will do everything in my power to make sure that the USA and our closest friend and ally remain secure and peaceful and prosperous" * The following are the closing remarks made by Republican nominee for President of the USA Senator John McCain on conference call on Wednesday afternoon during which he addressed senior Shluchim from over 40 states. * "I believe this is going to a be tough race. We have for the first time gone ahead in the polls. But I think we are the underdog...
The only Jewish patient in the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center met personally with a rabbi from his hospital bed. A family in the rural town of Madill shared an insightful discussion about Judaism. And a man incarcerated at Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy and a woman in service to her country at Fort Sill in Lawton prayed with a rabbi for the first time in months. All since the summer started when the roving rabbis came to town. Rabbinical students Levi Stein and Shalom Klein are in Oklahoma for the summer through a Jewish organization called Chabad to reach out to Jews like these in and beyond the metro area.
And at the same time as they fan out to help Jews fulfill their spiritual needs, they also are helping local Rabbi Ovadia Goldman prepare for a singularly momentous occasion: the opening of the city's first new Judaic building in more than 50 years, its first Chabad center, a home and an anchor for the work they do.
Anna Sorotzkin remembers meeting Raoul Wallenberg, the legendary Swede who saved approximately 100,000 Hungarian Jews, including herself, from extinction at the hands of the Nazis. Rachel Schwartz recalls living in the Warsaw Ghetto and being forced, at 14, on a death march that caused her to hallucinate from food and clothing deprivation. Sorotzkin and Schwartz will be among the dozen Holocaust survivors residing in the community to be honored at Chabad of Pacific Palisades' 'Survivors' Honorary Evening' on Tuesday, September 9 at the Riviera Country Club.
A unique and moving ceremony took place last Sunday, August 24th – Chof Gimmel Menachem Av. Beis Chabad Yotzei Russia, F.R.E.E in Melbourne, Australia conducted the Pidyon Haben ritual for over 50 children and adults with their parents and grandparents participating. Rabbi Boruch Shapiro, Assistant Director of the Beis Chabad introduced the meaning and significance of the Pidyon Haben. Rabbi C.E Gorelik, Director and Founder of the Beis Chabad spoke of the Mesiras Nefesh of each child and his parents, teenagers and adults who underwent the ceremony of circumcision.
Today YALDAH, a magazine 'for Jewish girls, by Jewish girls' launched a new campaign to unite Jewish girls in a chain of goodness. Project Pass it On is the first of its kind. In September 2008 65 girls (one girl in each state and 15 other countries) will receive a pink, rubber Pass it On bracelet with a unique ID number. When a girl receives her bracelet, she logs into www.jewishgirlsunite.com, enters her name, location, bracelet ID and chooses a mitzvah she is going to do. Then she passes the bracelet on to another Jewish girl, who repeats the process.
A crew filming a movie was chased out of Kfar Chabad today * Upon request of the Mara Deasra of Kfar Chabad, Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi the crew was asked to leave as the film did not conform with Halachic standards * One of the producers, Meni Philip, who was once a famous religious singer * Yehudah Groweis, a known charedi director and producer of religious films planed on assisting in the production not being aware it goes against Halacha.
On Monday, Chabad.info reported that Barak Obama had blasted Agriprocessors in a comment to a reporter. The following is the official response to Barak Obama issued by Nathan Lewin on behalf of Agri:
This is a shocking statement from a former president of the Harvard Law Review and former constitutional law professor who has sworn, as a United States Senator, to uphold the Constitution which prescribes a presumption of innocence until guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Before he made public accusations accusing a meat-packing plant of hiring 13 and 14 year olds “only……to avoid paying people decent wages and providing them decent benefits” and declared that the minors were assigned to work with “buzz saws and cleavers,” did Senator Obama look at the evidence or consider the plant’s categorical denial of these allegations?
The site at issue on Goose Lane. If the synagogue is built, this house will be razed
Even as 12 area residents were meeting informally with Rabbi Yossi Yaffe last Wednesday on plans to build a Chabad of the Shoreline synagogue on Goose Lane, a new petition was being circulated opposing it. The petition asks that the Board of Selectmen call a special town meeting to discuss the synagogue application, which is scheduled to come before the Planning and Zoning Commission Sept. 3 for a public hearing - though final action is not expected the same night. The petition, which just started circulating Wednesday, claims the application does not meet special permit PZC requirements.
The Released Time program of greater NY is holding a conference called "Connecting Communities to Judaism Through Education" for Rabbis, educators and Released Time instructors. The program was prepared to help people who teach public school children so that they can reach out to them and their families. The program will run this Sunday and Monday August 31-September 1/Rosh Chodesh Elul.
The phenomenal two day program was put together by Rabbi Shazak Zirkind, director of Released Time. Participants will discuss issues such as discipline, dealing with difficult children, the energy and accomplishments of a large class and much more.
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The Yeshivah Centre together with the Groner families wish to advise that a sofer has been commissioned to write a Sefer Torah in memory of our esteemed and beloved Rabbi Y D Groner z''l.
We anticipate the Hachnosas Sefer Torah will take place, IYH, around the time of the first Yohrtzeit.
Invitations including all the details of the Siyum and Hachnoses Sefer Torah will mailed out to the community at a later time, but at this stage we are inviting members to purchase entire sidrois.
We are selling Sidrois for $1,800 and the Sidrois at the end of each Sefer, which is on Shabbos Chazak, will sell for $2,500. Etz Chaim will sell for $3,600. The funds raised will be used to cover the cost of writing the Sefer Torah and conducting the Siyum, and any balance of funds will be used to provide scholarships to needy children to receive a Jewish Education.