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Florida Chabad Wins Grand Prize in ‘Give Day’ Contest

Chabad of Clearwater, Florida, took home first place in a local contest this week, coming ahead of nearly 600 other nonprofits in the greater Tampa Bay area in a bid to win grand prize. The Give Day Tampa Bay Contest is sponsored by USAmeribank, and awards a $7,500 prize to the nonprofit that encourages the most individuals to give charity.

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Weekly Story: You Were Not Abandoned, Part 4

“One year, I came to the conclusion that my life is hypocritical and I am wrong to lead this double life. As the years went on, I strayed further and further away from the ways that my adopted parents raised me, until I felt that my present way life and Shabbos with Kosher are a contradiction one to the other. I felt uncomfortable ‘ushering in Shabbos when my garments are dirty.’ So I informed the Rebbe that I feel I cannot continue keeping my promises.”

Weekly Thought: Being Holy

Is putting on Tefillin every day enough to make me ‘holy’? I study lots of Torah – am I considered ‘holy’? How does one fulfill the Mitzva of “be holy”? Rabbi Avrohom Brashevitzky, Shliach to Doral, FL, shares his thoughts on this week’s Parsha – Acharei-Kedoshim.

Weekly Letter: Why Did Aharon’s Sons Deserve to Die?

This week, we present a document found in the Archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, containing highlights from this week’s Parsha – Acharei – along with the Rebbe’s handwritten notations. Rabbi Mindel’s daughter, Mrs. Frida Schapiro, says she believes that this article was written for the monthly Talks and Tales, which Rabbi Mindel authored for 47 years and every single issue of which the Rebbe checked over before going to print.