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Weekly Letter: Leaving the Land Fallow

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he clarifies the concept of shmitta – going beyond the limited understanding of it as merely a sabbatical for the land to recoup its strength. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Here’s My Story: Chasid in Camouflage

Rabbi Benjamin Blech is associate professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University and author of many books including, among others, Understanding Judaism, If God is Good, Why is the World So Bad, and the Idiot’s Guide to Jewish History and Culture. He was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in January of 2012.