Weekly Letter: The Spirit of Yaakov

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he reflects on our forefather Yaakov in parshas Va’yetze and parshas Va’yishlach, and highlights important lessons for each Jew today in his every day life. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Florida Chabad Breaks Ground on $12M Building

Chabad of Aventura, Florida, under the leadership of Rabbi Laivi Forta, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6, for a new $12 million, 44,000-square-foot building with two sanctuaries, one for the Chabad congregants and one for the Sephardic congregants.

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IDF Soldier Jailed for Accepting Chanukah Doughnut

Among five soldiers who are being disciplined for accepting what the IDF said were “inappropriate gifts” during the course of their service at IDF checkpoints was one female soldier who, according to a report on Israel Radio, “crossed a red line when she accepted food from civilians” – in her case, a jelly doughnut (sufganiya) distributed by Chabad chassidim in honor of Chanukah.