Letter & Spirit: Keeping America Great

In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, we present a letter from the Rebbe written to President Ronald Reagan in 1982, thanking him for his good wishes on the occasion of the Rebbe’s birthday, along with a message of gratitude and encouragement to the president of the United States for his efforts in maintaining America’s greatness as a Super Power among the nations of the world. 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.

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Here’s My Story: The Eternal Soul

Mrs. Chana Sharfstein is a noted author, educator and tour guide. During March of 2014 her daughter, Zlata Ester, passed away at the age of 53. Mrs. Sharfstein published Zlata’s Story, a book describing the experiences of a mother raising an autistic daughter. She was interviewed in the My Encounter Studio in April of 2014.

Kosher Pop-Up Fills Void in Bowery

On a recent Tuesday night at the Chabad House Bowery on the Lower East Side, a crowd began to form. Tables covered in craft paper filled the room, tea lights flickering in mason jars. At a long table at one end, servers set up paper plates and jugs of ice tea — but no food. “Jazzie’s running late,” explained Matt Glick, the Chabad House chief of staff.