In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a geneticist who had trouble understanding how it was scientifically possible for Yaakov to mutate the genes of sheep through visual stimulation. 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.
The late Shirley Chisholm was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House when she posthumously received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Chisholm made history in 1968 when she became the first female black American elected to Congress, representing New York’s 12th District for seven terms. She also became the first major-party black candidate for president of the United States when she ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 1972.
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It was one of those rare scenarios for which words cannot do justice. On Sunday, Yud Kislev, if you entered the Bnos Chomesh Academy building here is what you would have seen: A large bouquet of purple and gold balloons gracing the building’s entrance, a sumptuous breakfast buffet of gourmet coffee, pastries and elegant fruit platters, a high grade copier furiously printing 120 copies of Tanya – the Bnos Chomesh Edition, fathers sitting with their daughters in every corner of the school learning b’chavrusa, and a display of gifts for the fathers.
This past Monday Night, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots football team did something that should never have had to be done, but that makes him a holy man in my eyes. Robert Kraft did what every media outlet, politician, President Obama and countless others in the world should have done, but none did. Robert Kraft acted as the sole voice to a mute world and a heartless American Leadership.
On the 14th of Kislev in 1928, the Rebbe’s marriage to Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, daughter of the then Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, was held in Warsaw, Poland.
A delegation of Chabad Chassidim traveled to attend the wedding of the son of Borough Park philanthropist Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Lebowitz and the daughter of the Alexander Rebbe of Cleveland, Rabbi Shneur Zalman Danziger, who is a direct descendent of the Alter Rebbe and carries his name.
A bus carrying IDF soldiers overturned earlier today, Thursday, near the West Bank settlement of Rimonim near Ramallah, killing one Israeli soldier and injuring tens of passengers, several seriously.
The wedding of Ariel Bigel and Sarah-Tehiya Litman, whose father and brother were brutally murdered last week by a Palestinian terrorist near Chevron, is currently underway at the Binyanei Ha’uma in Jerusalem, with Jews having traveled from all over the world to be in attendance.
Aron Tzvi Sternberg is the Administrator for Talmud Torah Adas Yereim in Monsey, New York. He was interviewed in the My Encounter Studios in September of 2013.
Earlier this week, the Jewish community of Ivanovo, Russia, now on the rebound after years of stagnant activity, celebrated the opening of a new synagogue and Jewish community center.
Yecheskel (ben Berel) Lazar (Moscow, Russia) and Mussie Goldshmid (Jerusalem, Israel)
It is with a heavy heart that I am putting pen to paper once again, prompted by another death that should never have happened.
Cooperation between Williamsburg Shomrim and the NYPD led to the recovery of a vehicle in Bedford-Stuyvesant that was stolen in Crown Heights, along with the arrest of four people who were in the car.
Mrs. Sara Kohan is sitting Shiva after the passing of her dear father Eliyahu Yosef ben Bentzion Kohan OBM who passed away today, at 534 Crown Street [between Albany and Kingston Aves.] beginning tonight until Tuesday. Visiting hours from 11am … Continued
Close to 800 friends, supporters, admirers and well-wishers attended the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Awards Dinner at the elegant ballroom of Pier 60, in Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
It would have been understandable if Sarah Techiya Litman and Ariel Biegel of Israel decided to have a private, low-key wedding. After all, their original wedding date, Nov. 17, had to be postponed after Sarah’s father and 18-year-old brother, Yaakov and Netanel Litman, were killed by terrorists just days before the wedding while en route to a pre-wedding celebration.
Yudi Weinbaum is passionate about many things—chief among them, Judaism, with soccer trailing behind as a close second.
Newly released video of the Rebbe exiting the MIkvah on Union Street in the winter of 1987 shows a candid encounter between a group of people who were waiting outside. Upon exiting the Rebbe is seen giving out coins for charity.
A 35-year-old man is recovering from serious injuries after muggers nearly killed him in Crown Heights on Friday night.
The Jewish community in Boca Raton, FL, is on edge as police say they are investigating a possible hate crime: a 19-year-old Lubavitcher bochur was randomly attacked by an assailant who shouted that Jews belong in concentration camps and that “Hitler was right.”
Mendy Krasnjansky (Honolulu, HI) and Mushka New (Boca Raton, FL)
Shmuli and Chavie (nee Posner) Lieberman (Hempstead, NY)