Letter & Spirit: Getting Past the Yeshiva’s Doorkeeper

In this week’s edition of Letter & Spirit, we present a letter of the Rebbe about the well-known story of the Sage Hillel and the doorkeeper of the yeshiva, where he thirsted to enter and hear Torah but could not because of lack of funds – a story of Mesiras Nefesh for the learning of Torah. 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.

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New Engagement!

Peretz Lokshin (Crown Heights) and Frumi Shaw (Worcester, MA)

L’chaim tonight, Thursday, at 580 Crown St.
[between Albany and Troy Aves.]

New Engagement!

Yossi Sacks (Pittsburgh, PA) and Dina (bas R’ Yudi) Gniwisch (Montreal, Canada)

L’chaim tonight, Thursday, at the Jewish Children’s Museum
792 Eastern Pkwy. [corner Kingston Ave.] at 8:30pm

Picture of the Day: Hollywood Comes to Crown Heights

A film crew was out and about on Montgomery Street today, shooting scenes for a new movie to be released sometime next year. According to one crewmember, the film is titled ‘Staring at the Sun’ and tells the story of two rebellious Hasidic teenagers and their onerous journeys from and to their faithful upbringing.

Letters Pour In to Israeli Soldiers, Offering Support and Pledging a Mitzvah

The emails came in from around the world and in a host of languages—English, Spanish, Russian and more. Some letters were written by seniors, others by children. A few of the letters had pictures attached, others not. Most of the writers committed to doing a mitzvah, an act of goodness—be it giving charity, lighting Shabbat candles, increasing Torah study or reciting prayers.