Holocaust Survivors’ Unexpected Mitzvah

They sit there day in and day out. Holocaust survivors volunteering at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and on a recent Wednesday, they had an unusual experience. They met with a group of young students who had just toured the museum. Members of the Yeshivas Kayitz of Pittsburgh, they were fascinated to hear the elderly gentlemen’s stories. But then one of the boys asked a question that was unrelated to the presentation: “Would you like to put on tefillin?”

Weekly Letter: No Adding or Detracting

This week we present a fascinating letter the Rebbe writes in answer to an artist who wishes to add a stone to the Western Wall. In it the Rebbe explains the injunction in Parshas Vo’eschanon (as well as in another parsha) to neither add nor detract from the words of the Torah. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Thousands of Jewish Children Enjoy Summer Camps

During these weeks thousands of Jewish children throughout Russia are fully enjoying summer camps of the famous “Gan Israel” brand. Students from many different schools, different age groups and levels, and different cities, are all receiving a spectacular Jewish experience thanks to the successful organization under the auspices of Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar.

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A U.S. Treasury Official’s Moving Encounter With Atlanta Yeshivah Students

When a group of post-bar mitzvah junior high school students from Chaya Mushka Children’s House Elementary and Middle School in Atlanta were rewarded with a trip to the nations capitol, it had a profound impact on one U.S. Treasury official whom the met and Davened with.

Weekly Story: The Pnimiyus (Inner Dimension) of Shabbos

In the final chapter of the Tanya [kuntres acharon] the Alter Rebbe speaks about the laws of Shabbos and states that they can be divided into two categories; the external dimension and the internal one. There he explains the external dimension of Shabbos, are the laws which instruct us to refrain from doing anything on Shabbos that the Torah defines as work.