Weekly Story: Turning Disaster into Joy

by Rabbi Sholom Avtzon

The parents were beyond themselves and everyone was at a lost – what can be done to stop the bleeding and save the child? Amongst the assembled was Reb Zusha. He told the distraught parents, “Make the meal larger than you were planning and invite the entire community to participate.”

Back in California, Woman Reflects on First Visit to Rebbe’s Ohel

Rimma Alexeeva is back home in San Carlos, Calif., which sits halfway between San Francisco to the north and San Jose to the south. She returned to 60-degree weather, which by Sunday is expected to reach nearly 70. It’s a far cry from last week, when she trudged through the slush and snow in New York City, wearing borrowed black boots and a white parka, necessary items for the drudge of a Northeast winter.

House Calls in New Hampshire

Preparing for the New Hampshire primaries next week, the presidential candidates and their volunteers will do almost anything to win the votes of the Granite State’s citizens. They’ll even make house visits.

Letter & Spirit: Three Guidelines on Chinuch

In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the topic of Chinuch, in which he outlines three basic points and guidelines for the successful upbringing of one’s children. The letter was written in English through the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, and was made available by the latter’s son-in-law, Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro.

Chabad Rabbi Banned from Hebrew-Language Academy

Walking up to the guard booth at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Ulpan Etzion, a venerable Hebrew-teaching facility, Rabbi David Sterne informed the guard that he had been invited by a group of students to deliver a Torah lesson – only to be told that orders from above prohibited him from setting foot there.

Avarahm Fried Responds to Fan’s Heartfelt Letter

A fan of Avraham Fried’s music, who describes himself as no-longer religious, wrote a heartfelt letter to the Chasidic singing star describing how his music still brings meaning to his life, and that he cannot bring himself to play his CDs on Shabbos. Avraham Fried responded by revealing who was behind the now-ubiquitous message on all his albums “please do not play on Shabbos and Yom Tov.”