When a member of Sarah Alevsky‘s community in the Upper West Side sought to withdraw their daughter from their Hebrew school, it was over over their desire to have her learn to read from, and get called up to the Torah – something which they considered a right of passage – Mrs. Alvesky authored a response to allay her concerns.
Passover is around the corner, and handmade shmurah matzah is starting to pop up on supermarket shelves. Before long, it’ll be everywhere—from Costco to the White House. Demand for the traditional, round matzah has grown at a rapid rate in the last 60 years, and according to a survey conducted by Chabad.org, more than 1 million pounds of the handmade variety will be produced in the United States alone. To meet the growing demand, matzah bakeries around the world begin baking shmurah matzah as early as October, producing batches of the tasty, smoking discs.
Menachem Mendel Shmotkin (Stamford, CT) and Shterna Sara Dubov (Princeton, NJ)
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120 shluchim and shluchos along with 770 Chabad House community members arrived in Israel last week to participate in JLI’s Land and Spirit Israel Experience. The group, traveling from across the US, Canada, Australia, as well as from Central and South America, is the largest group to visit Israel this year.
Moshe Aron (ben Shmuel) Lipskeir (Crown Heights) and Mushky Gurary (Montreal, Canada)
Weddings on a Friday are quite a rare occurrence in Crown Heights, as a matter of fact there have been just two in the last seven years, but today we were treated to one of those sights as Shneur Gopin and Mushka Minkowitz wed in front of 770 this morning.
Eli and Zisi (nee Malka) Marcus (Crown Heights)
The custom is that the kallah presents her chosson with a tallis. When we don the tallis we recite four passages from Tehillim (Psalms) chapter 36, and the final passage is; “Bestow Your kindness upon those who know You, and [bring out] Your righteousness to those with an upright heart.”
Aharon and Mimi (nee Schochet) Fehler (Cedarhurst, NY)
A motion supportive of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel was voted down at the University of Ottawa on Tuesday, marking the tenth successive failure for the movement on Canadian campuses. Initially the motion was erroneously announced as passed, only to be corrected ten minutes later, leading Shliach Rabbi Chaim Boyarsky to break out in dance with fellow Jewish students.
This Shabbos at the Besht, Rabbi Yossi Newfield, who attended Lubavitch yeshivas, including the Heichal Menachem-Smicha Program, in Melbourne, Australia. He lectures on Jewish topics, primarily at senior residences in the Tri-State area, and will lead a discussion on the topic of “Is there Only One Shulchan Aruch?”
Courtesy of Lubavitch Archives, we present a photo of The Rebbe during davening.
Shlomo and Shoshi (nee Biggs) Litvin (Lexington, KY)
Simcha Teich (Crown Heights) and Chaya Ehven (Pittsburgh, PA)
It should be remembered that according to the Torah itself, it is impossible for every Jew, as an individual, to fulfill all the 613 Mitzvos. Apart from mitzvos which are applicable only in Eretz Yisroel and during the time that the Beis Hamikdash is in existence, there are mitzvos which are obligatory only to Kohanim for example, while there are mitzvos which a Kohen is precluded from fulfilling. But by virtue of the fact that all Jewish people are one entity, like one organism, every individual who fulfills his or her obligations to the extent of their G-d-given capacities, share in the totality of the effort and accomplishment.
Tucked into the side of a mountain with the resting place of Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, the author of the Zohar, looming in the distance, Yeshivah Temimei Darech was founded nine years ago with a low budget and high hopes by two young English-speaking Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis. They, like their students, are ba’alei teshuvah, those who have returned to a life of full-fledged Jewish observance.
Mendy and Libby (nee Spalter) Grossbaum (Toronto, Canada)
Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin visited United Lubavitcher Yeshiva on Chof Zayin Adar, sharing personal experiences and the lessons the Talmidim can learn from them.
This weekly fast moving — yet inspiring — 1-minute video on the weekly Parsha is created by Yitzchok Schmuckler, a Bochur from Montreal. This week’s video for Parshas Vayikra is titled: The Internal Solution
After reading the Op-Ed titled “Will It Just Remain a Dream,” Brocha Lipszyc, Shlucha at Chabad of Oyster Bay, is reminded how 26 long years have passed, and the Geulah has yet to come. She points out “there is something major that the Rebbe had clearly stated that has not been done.”
There are more than 6,000 “Lone Soldiers” currently enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces. These are young men and women from around the world, usually teenagers, who leave their homes to enlist in the army without the support of family or friends nearby. Chayal el Chayal offers these soldiers a warm home away from home.