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Here’s My Story: Personal Attention

by Rabbi Dovid Weitman

When my friend Rabbi Daniel Moskowitz, now the Chabad emissary in Illinois, and I were young students in yeshiva, we volunteered for Merkos Shlichus – the Chabad Jewish outreach program by rabbinical students. In the summer of 1976, we were presented with an opportunity to go on a short trip to Sweden. We prepared everything that was needed, and we went to Sweden for about ten days or two weeks. We visited a few small towns, but mainly we stayed in the capital, Stockholm. We gave classes in the local synagogues and we distributed mezuzahs and tefillin.

Here’s My Story: Speechless

by Mrs. Rivkah Tillim

I don’t remember how old I was, maybe thirteen years old, when I caught a very bad case of bronchitis. There was a danger of pneumonia and my parents and grandparents were terrified. I guess in Europe, if someone coughed, it meant tuberculosis or worse, and they were beside themselves.

Our Heroes: Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Hakohen Blau (1913 – 2003)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Hakohen Blau was born in 1913 in Hamburg, Germany to Horav Yirmiah Hakohen and Mrs. Leah Blau. When he became aware that one of the great Musar teachers, Reb Yerucham Halevi Lebowitz was the mashgiach in the Mirrer Yeshiva, he requested permission and the support of his parents to study there. In 1932 at the age of nineteen, he left Germany for Mir, Poland.

Our Heroes: Reb Yaakov Moshe Friedman (1924-2004)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Reb Yaakov Moshe Friedman was born in 1924 to Horav Hagan Hachossid Reb Meir Yisroel Isser Hakohen, the Krynitzer Rebbe and Rebbetzin Feiga. Reb Meir Yisroel was the son of the Gaon and kabbalist Reb Ben Zion, who was the Dayan and Rav in Dubetsk, Galicia, and a member of the Kabbalists in the entourage of Horav Hakodosh Reb Tzvi Elimelech of Blozuv, the author of “Tzvi Lazadik”. Rebbetzin Feiga stemmed from the well known Gaon and Kodosh, Reb Chaim Hakohen Rappaport, who was one of the Baal Shem Tov’s students.

Our Heroes: Rabbi Michoel Teitelbaum (1912-2005)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Rabbi Michoel Teitelbaum, the person who opened Yeshiva Oholei Torah, was born in 1912, in Russia,. During his childhood, WWI broke out and followed by the Communist revolution when he literally began tasting msiras nefesh, and attained his Torah and Chassidus under difficult conditions. He studied a short while in Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim in Nevel, with legendary figures in the group as Reb Mendel Futerfas and others. The Yeshiva was forced to close and the bochurim settled in Kremenshuk. There they created small underground cells in which they studied Torah and Chassidus. They had very little food, and slept, sometimes on a bench in a shul or in the park.

Our Heroes: Rabbi Zalman Shimon Dworkin (1901-1985)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Reb Zalman Shimon Dworkin, the Rav and Mora D’asra of the Crown Heights community for twenty years, was born in 1901 in Rogotchov to Reb Yerucham and Rivka. Reb Zalman Shimon’s father was a G-d fearing person and a teacher of unique caliber who taught children unable to afford tuition. Despite his resultant poverty, Reb Yerucham moved his son from the cheder where he was learning to that of Reb Elozor Garelik. Reb Elozor was an expert and searched after teacher whose students generally were from more affluent families.

Our Heroes: Shimshon and Martha Stock OBM, Part 2

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

It is six years that Shimshon and Martha Stock are no longer with us. Reb Shimshon Stock known affectionately to all, as Shimshon Stock or Shimshon, was not just an ordinary individual but served as the address and an institution, to whom many individuals and families turned in their search for a shidduch, advice and guidance on sholom bayis and other life issues, or financial help.

Our Heroes: Shimshon and Martha Stock OBM, Part 1

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

It is six years that Shimshon and Martha Stock are no longer with us. Reb Shimshon Stock known affectionately to all, as Shimshon Stock or Shimshon, was not just an ordinary individual but served as the address and an institution, to whom many individuals and families turned in their search for a shidduch, advice and guidance on sholom bayis and other life issues, or financial help.

Our Heroes: Rabbi Shmaryohu Gurary (1897-1989)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Rabbi Shmaryohu Gurary, known to all as The Rashag, was the Previous Rebbe’s oldest son-in law. This brief overview cannot convey all the qualities of his personality, accomplishments and life events that he was involved in. To date, nothing unfortunately has been published that would comprehensively present a biographical sketch of his life. In researching the Previous Rebbe’s letters, it is possible to obtain some of the details of the RaShag’s experiences.

Dr. A Seligson OBM: the Rebbe’s Physician

Chof Hey Shvat marks the 24th Yohrtzeit of Dr. Avrohom Abba Seligson, who was known as the Rebbes physician. Dr. Seligson was born in Cracow, Poland and is a fourth generation descendent of the Alter Rebbe. In honor of his Yohrtzeit we are publishing a brief biography along with a collection of precious stories about him and the Rebbe.

Opinion: Getting a Grip on Religious Child Molestation

Last week, British Channel 4’s Dispatches program did an expose on attitudes within some of the Orthodox Jewish community in London toward molestation. One particular victim went undercover to expose the way his community has for decades been dealing with pedophilia. It’s been a year long investigation and it has sent shockwaves through much of the Anglo-Jewish community.

Our Heroes: Reb Aharon Hakohen Klein (1916 – 1998)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Hachossid Reb Aharon Klein was born in 1916 to Rabbi Yitzchok Hakohen and Mrs. Perel Klein, may Hashem avenge their blood, on the 18th of Sivan in Vienna. Both Rabbi and Mrs. Klein were from distinguished families who traced their origins to the illustrious Torah giants, the Chacham Tzvi and the Megale Amukos among others. Reb Yitzchok was a communal figure and known in Vienna for his acts of kindness and generosity.