A delegation of Chabad Chassidim met with the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Lt. General Benny Gantz ahead of the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashana. A new Sefer Torah, being written in merit of the soldiers serving in the IDF, had its first letters filled in by the Lt. General.
Peretz and Mussie (nee Weingarten) Wolowik (Crown Heights)
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Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, delivers his insights on this week’s Parsha – Ha’azinu. This week Rabbi Minkowicz answers the question: How can one be joyous in challenging times? A bonus video on what one should meditate on when hearing the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah is presented in the extended article.
Ariel Stern (Beit Shemesh, Israel) and Mushky Shanowitz (Montreal, Canada)
In this week’s edition of Letter & Spirit, we present a letter of the Rebbe in which he explains the idea of hashgocho protis as we see it in the 27th Perek of Tehillim – “L’Dovid H’ Ori,” which we say during Elul and most of Tishrei. The letter was written through the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, and was made available by his son-in-law Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro.
Boruch and Libby (nee Perl) Losh (Crown Heights)
Shneur and Devorah Leah (nee Gitlin) Hirsch (Crown Heights)
A 29-year-old Queens man has been indicted by Brooklyn’s D.A. for an armed carjacking that he allegedly committed on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Utica Ave. in Crown Heights this summer.
Among the tens of thousands of Jews who made the pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine to spend Rosh Hashanah near the burial place of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was a group of Lubavitcher Chassidim. A ‘Chabad House’ with a Nusach Ari minyan was set up for their convenience.
A federal appeals court has reinstated a Chabad rabbi’s lawsuit accusing the Litchfield Historic District Commission of religious discrimination when it rejected plans for a synagogue in 2007.
Yitzy Schoenberg (Beit Shemesh, Israel) and Adaya Heller (Tzfas, Israel)
President Barrack Obama wishes all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah a happy and healthy new year.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Director of The Miami-Dade Police Dept. J.D. Patterson met with some of South Florida’s leading rabbis and community leaders yesterday to discuss security plans for the various Jewish communities throughout the south Florida county over the High Holidays.
Shmuely and Devorah (nee DeVries) Levitin (Crown Heights)
Ariel and Sarah (nee Naparstek) Hess (Los Angeles, CA)
On Sunday night, 26 Elul, September 21, the 33rd Dinner of Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch and Chabad of South Broward, FL, Award Ceremony took place on a magnificent boat, “The Catalina,” in what was by far the most exciting and memorable Dinner in the institution’s 34 year history.
The two wanted Palestinians who have been suspected of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish teenagers in Gush Etzion earlier this summer, were shot and killed by the IDF in an exchange of fire on Tuesday morning.
Marking the communities continued growth, a new Mesivta opened this year in Monsey and they are already having a great year. The new Mesivta joins the existing six Shuls and two successful boy’s and girl’s schools.
Sholom and Esther Laine (Crown Heights)
Shmaya and Rochi (nee Silver) Galperin (Holmdel, NJ)
Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy first opened its doors close to 70 years ago, in a small house on Belmont Avenue in Springfield, MA as the areas first Jewish day school, providing quality secular and Judaic education for children in the Greater Springfield community. Rabbi Lavy Kosofsky and his wife, Mushkie, have relocated to Springfield from New York, to join LYA.