Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, delivers his insights on this week’s Parsha – Shoftim. This week Rabbi Minkowicz answers the question: What are our true qualities?
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In this week’s edition of Letter & Spirit, we present a letter of the Rebbe in which he explains the difference between negative feelings that are productive, and those that are destructive. 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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On Tuesday evening, Shomrim received an urgent call that a heated dispute had broken out between a large crowd of African-Americans and a few Jews, and that the situation was deteriorating and rapidly descending into chaos.
An emotional wedding took place this week in a villa in the outskirts of Vinnitza, a city in central Ukraine. Two Jewish university students, among dozens who attend the weekly ‘Stars’ program run by local Shluchim Rabbi Shaul and Chana Horowitz, were married amid much joy and celebration.
Earlier this summer, some 130 members of the Crown Heights Jewish community gathered to cheer on four intrepid entrepreneurs as they pitched their start-ups at Fund It.
In what is being billed as the first ever Chasidic wedding in Thailand, hundreds of guests – including Shluchim, travelers and members of the local Jewish community – gathered in Bangkok today for the wedding celebration of Gabi Kaltmann of Melbourne, Australia, and Mushki Kantor, daughter of Chabad Shliach to Thailand Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor.
During the summer months of any other year, southeastern Ukraine’s seaside city of Mariupol would draw scores of tourists to its foaming shores. Vacationing by the sea, the morya, is almost a ritual in this part of the world, and until recently, Mariupol, an important port on the northern banks of the Azov Sea, had served that purpose well.
The body of Aron Sofer, the 23 year old yeshiva bochur who went missing on Friday, has been found in the Jerusalem Forest in Ein Kerem, according to a spokesperson for Ichud Hatzalah.
The UN published several maps showing the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge. The maps mark damaged buildings with red dots scattered throughout Gaza. But this map tells only half the story: Hamas used many of these buildings – including houses, hospitals and schools – as sites to launch rockets and carry out other attacks.
Michoel and Rivky (nee Glassner) Goldin (Teaneck, NJ)
Today Rabbi Mottel and Chana Sharfstein of Crown Heights mark their 60th wedding anniversary. In honor of the occasion, CrownHeights.info presents the story of how the Rebbe guided Chana in finding her soul-mate, written by Rabbi Dovid Zaklikowski of Lubavitch Archives.
On Monday evening, police officials and community leaders from Miami-Dade met with residents of the North Miami Beach Jewish community to inform them of the latest updates in the unsolved case of a Crown Heights rabbi who was shot and killed while walking to synagogue on August 9, but despite police outreach many residents remain fearful, wondering whether or not the case will ever be solved.
Amid the gleaming, densely populated towers of Hong Kong, a dozen Jewish teenagers from various backgrounds were in full-swing class mode at the headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch of Hong Kong. The conversation grew more animated as the subject matter jumped from bullying to honesty to issues of privacy. The teens were excited, engaged. They tried individually to express their own opinions, grappling to apply the core Jewish principles they had been discovering to the topics at hand.
Nasoniel and Nechama (nee Yaffee) Nerenberg (Crown Heights)
The Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system, proves itself yet again as it takes out 15 Qassam rockets fired by Hamas from the Gaza strip at once.
A gathering for Bochurim heading out on ‘Yeshiva Shluchus’ this coming year was held in Crown Heights’ Maple Street Shul. The event was organized by Unzere Kinder, an organization that provides Talmidim Hashluchim with assistance, support and advice for their vital work with junior Yeshiva students and local Baalei Batim.
As the IDF continues to protect the Holy Land and the Jewish people, Chabad at Stony Brook, Long Island, felt obliged to show their support and love by sending packages with personal letters, 70 pies of pizza to feed and entire army base, and iPads to wounded soldiers.
A Jewish-owned minivan, parked in front of Empire Shteibel, was broken into at some point during the night.
We’re in one of the rooms in the Pediatrics Department at Downstate Medical Center. My brother, 16, was suffering from severe stomach pains, and our doctor sent him for some tests and rest until they’ll have it all figured out. I’m sitting beside his bed scribbling on the margins of a Sudoku book; he’s watching a video on my phone. While contemplating my future summer plans, an official looking guy – dressed casually, but definitely working for the Hospital – with a big smile walks in, and explaining that his job is to ensure that the Hospitals patients don’t fall behind in their studying for the upcoming high school Regents, asks if my brother will be needing any help.
What does it feel like to try and communicate when you have an expressive language disorder? Maybe something like talking through a mouthful of marshmallows. How about trying to follow verbal instructions when you’re a visual processor? A lot like focusing on a story while wearing blackout glasses and having the ABCs whispered in your ear. We often hear the names of different disabilities, but do we really understand the challenge they imply?
Mendy and Sheiny (nee Springer) Rivkin (Towson, MD)
“Every year before the summer, generally at the Yud Bais Tammuz Farbrengen, the Rebbe would speak about Tznius”, says Oholei Torah Mashpia Rabbi Michoel Seligson. At his suggestion, CrownHeights.info presents a new weekly feature for the summer months: a short thought of the Rebbe on tznius, as compiled by Rabbi Seligson.