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Weekly Thought: A Blessing Through Lies?

When we reflect on the story of and the way Yaakov received the blessings from his father Yitzchok, the unsettling question and big elephant in the room is, how did Yaakov receive the blessings by lying? It almost seems that the Torah is directing us that there are times in which it is ok to lie, and that there are circumstances’ in which one is even encouraged to be (what seems to be) a little dishonest. What lessons can we learn from this in our day to day life? What messages is there in us to help enhance our connection to Hashem and our Avodah as Chassidim? Rabbi Avrohom Brashevitzky, Shliach to Doral, FL, shares his thoughts on this week’s Parsha – Toldos.

Weekly Story: A Day to Recall, a Day to Remember

The fourth Hakafah began. As before, the Rebbe turned around to look at the Sifrei Torah and those carrying them. The singing began, and the Rebbe swung his arms in rhythm to the melody. Suddenly, the Rebbe stopped. His face became a sickly white. A moment later, he turned from his shtender to Rabbi Groner and asked that his chair be brought to him.

Weekly Letter: Do They Really Hate Us?

This week, as we read about the conflict of Yaakov and Eisav in Parshas Toldos, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he deals with the question of why it is that Jews are apprehensive about non-Jews.  The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

CTVP Mobilizes to Aid Israel Fire Victims

Immediately upon returning from the convention of Chabad Shluchim in New York, Rabbi Menachem Kutner, Director of Chabad’s Terror Victims Project (CTVP) and Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Freiman, Shaliach in Zichron Yaakov, began visiting families in that area who have been impacted by the terrible fires that raged everywhere. Fires that are the newest weapon in the terrorists’ arsenal of violence.

Dual Tragedies in Williamsburg and S. Diego

Two tragedies struck the Orthodox Jewish community today when two men died after they were run over by motor vehicles, one in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn and the other in S. Diego, California.

Boruch Dayan Ho’emes: R’ Mordechai Hartstein, 90

With great sadness we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Mordechai Hartstein, OBM, of Boro Park, Brooklyn, who operated a clothing store on New Utrecht Avenue for many decades and was dearly loved by his loyal patrons, many of whom were members of the Crown Heights Lubavitch community who would purchase their ‘Kapotes’ from him. He was 90 years old.