In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, in honor of Shavuos, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he explains the concept of Na’aseh V’nishma with yet another perspective: the doing/Na’aseh brings to greater understanding/Nishma. 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.
A 46-year-old man was the victim of a ‘strong-arm robbery’ Wednesday night. Three suspects stole $1,280 in cash, a laptop and the victim’s SUV on Bedford Avenue.
A recently-hired cashier at the Kol Tuv grocery store on Kingston Avenue was arrested after she was caught attempting to steal customer credit card data using a ‘skimming’ device.
On Monday evening, Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan, 24 students of Oholei Torah, Lubavitcher Yeshiva-Crown St. and Cheder Chabad of Monsey competed against each other in the final round of the Chidon Shoneh Halachos.
The Shiur Beis class of Rabbi Chaim Yisroel Wilhelm of Oholei Torah Mesivta had a Mivtza in which all Bochurim who learned and wrote thirty pages of Gemara between Peach and Lag Ba’omer would be taken on a special trip and Shabbaton.
What do 5 girls from California, Florida, New York, Maryland and Arizona have in common? They are all sisters of children with special needs who are growing up on Shlichus, and last weekend they got a chance to meet each other for an amazing sibling experience.
Empire Press of Crown Heights has released a clear print – with large and vibrant letters – of the portion of the Torah that is read in Shul on Shavuos, which they are sharing with the community free of charge.
Senior mashpiim including Reb Yoel Kahan and Reb Sholmo Zarchi appear in a video calling for donations in an ambitious campaign for Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim – 770.
A Holocaust memorial in Massachusetts has been vandalized with pig meat. Rabbi Yossi Lipsker of the Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore says one of his members went to the Pride of Lynn Cemetery Tuesday night to visit the grave of a family member. During the visit, she noticed several pieces of pork dumped on top of the Holocaust memorial.
Mendy and Sara Levitin (Crown Heights)
Many years ago, on the night the Rebbe asked that the world be divided into regions for purposes of regional Kinusim, those working on the project took a group of states from Mississippi to Washington – and many in between – and created a group they called the “Sheiris Hapleita.” Officially it was named the ‘Western Region,’ at the time encompassing about twelve Shluchim spread across twenty states.
A committee at Brooklyn’s Community Board 9 pushed through a vote in favor of a controversial rezoning process during a chaotic meeting Tuesday night in which police dragged out and arrested a longtime protester.
“My eyes met with the eyes of the terrorist. I saw murder and hatred in them. Then he emptied his gun—12 rounds struck me. The tables and holy books were overturned. Anyone who was in sight was hit,” recalls Yosef Edri, one of the 150 survivors of a terrorist attack in Kfar Chabad, Israel, when the state was still a fledgling enterprise.
Sholom Wilansky (Montreal, Canada) and Aidle Raigorodsky (Los Angeles, CA)
Rabbi Avraham Pinter has served as the principal of various yeshivas in the New York metropolitan area, including Mirrer Yeshiva, Yeshiva Chaim Berlin, Shaarei Torah, and Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. He has also served as superintendent of the Midtown Manhattan school district. He was interviewed by the My Encounter with the Rebbe project in his home in May of 2008.
Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, director of Chabad NDG in Montreal, “reluctantly” kept his word and donned a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey to deliver his Shabbat sermon this past weekend after losing a “spiritual wager” with a colleague in Florida.
A group of thirty-five students from the Beish Chomesh High School in Toronto visited London, Ontario as part of their Achos Hatmimim trip. While in London they enjoyed a farbrengen with author and lecturer Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, who talked to them about the importance of keeping their connection to the Rebbe alive.
Yesterday, Rosh Chodesh Sivan, a family ‘Learn-A-Thon’ was held at Yeshivas Darchei Menchem of Crown Heights.
Yesterday, Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the boys of the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Flatbush were able to experience their own visit to Har Sinai in various ways.
Shine Bright was the theme of this year’s Friendship Circles volunteer appreciation event. 200 girls and their proud mothers came together at the JCM on Monday night to salute the work and dedication of the volunteers this year.
When Reb Berel Wiess, a successful businessman, asked the Rebbe for a blessing to have both wealth and Torah knowledge, the Rebbe told him that this particular blessing requires a special vessel which Reb Berel was yet to acquire.
An Israeli policeman shot dead a Palestinian driver in East Jerusalem on Wednesday after he rammed into two policewomen, injuring them.