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Letter & Spirit: The Meaning of ‘Hamokom Yenachem..’

In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, in honor of Shabbos Nachamu, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he sends his condolences to the family of an academic who had a profound love for the Land of Israel. 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.

Despite Fierce Opposition, East Boca ‘770’ Approved

After months of controversy and hours of debate, a large Chabad House at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road in East Boca Raton, FL won final approval Tuesday night from the City Council. After the decision, Rabbi Ruvi New hugged supporters, who wore matching white T-shirts emblazoned with the American flag with the slogan “We the people support 770.”

New ‘Affordable’ Building Cost $1,900 Per Studio

A new 46-unit ‘affordable housing’ apartment building was recently completed on Lefferts Ave. between New York and Nostrand Aves., and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development is accepting applications to enter a lottery for the units. The cost? $1,909 per month for a studio, $2,047 for a one-bedroom and $2,465 for a two-bedroom.