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Daily Archives: September 20, 2017
Rabbi Chaim Lazer Hershkovich is the co-director, along with his wife Rivky, of community outreach at Chabad and F.R.E.E. of Niles, a suburb of Chicago. Yesterday, his car broke down, and he was forced to call a cab. What happened next was a truly-amazing story of Hashgacha Protis.
With the year 5777 coming to close, we take a look back at some of the most popular and engaging stories of the past year – from the stories that inspired us to those that unfortunately saddened us. We also take a look at some interesting Mazal Tov and social media statistics.
It was a special, warm pre-Rosh Hashana event on Monday at Toronto City Hall, hosted by the Mayor, John Tory, Councillor James Pasternak, Rabbi Yirmi Cohen and Rabbi Chai Cohen, attended by many from the community.
The Tzemach Tzedek’s fifth son, Harav Yisroel Noach (known as the Maharin), who later on became Rebbe in Niezhin, once asked his father, the Rebbe, “Why do we say tehillim [throughout the year], and not any other sefer? Aren’t there appropriate pesukim, of tefillos (prayers) and supplications in the other twenty-three kisvei kodesh, that relate to these situations? So why don’t we ever say those pesukim?
This Week, as we prepare to enter the Ten Days of Repentance, we present a letter from the Rebbe with some encouraging words about teshuvah. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
The Algemeiner unveiled its 4th annual “J100” list of top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life” on Monday night, at a star-studded gala in New York City. Honorees in attendance included President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman, Israeli artist Yaacov Agam and activists Stuart and Robbi Force.
The President of France, Emanuel Macron, delivered a message for the French community living in New York. After his speech, the president spoke for a couple of minutes with Rabbi Mikhael Cohen, director of the French Jewish Community Center of New York, wishing him in Hebrew “Shana Tova” and to transmit the message to the Jewish community.
For the tenth year in a row, a group of Shluchim and Mekurovim from Moscow accompanied the chief rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, to New York to spend the Shabbos of Selichos in the Rebbe’s ‘Daled Amos.’
It is forbidden on a holiday to do any act in preparation for the following day, even if the following day is Shabbat. However, the sages created a halachic device, called an eruv tavshilin, which allows one to cook food on a holiday day for use on a Shabbat that immediately follows it.
The Bochurim of Oholei Torah Mesivta were tested on the laws of blowing Shofar by Rabbi Moshe Klein, who brought with him five shofars belonging to the Rebbe Maharash, the Friedikeh Rebbe, Reb Levi Yitzchok – the Rebbe’s father – and two shofars that belonged to the Rebbe for them to see.
Guests visiting Crown Heights for the months of the High Holidays partook in the ‘first’ Farbregen of Tishrei. Hundreds packed into the Kolel study hall and farbrenged with Rabbi Shlomo WIlhelm, Shliach in Zhitomir, Ukraine, who shared memories from time he merited to spend in the presence of the Rebbe.
Chabad of South Broward hosted their 36th Annual Dinner this past Motzai Shabbos, with dinner proceeds benefiting those still affected by Hurricane Harvey, which has left 10,000’s still without power. Following the dinner the congregation recited the customary Slichos at 1:15am.
Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim, who oversee the physical and spiritual well-being of thousands of guests over the month of Tishrei, provide for all their needs – including three meals a day at the Seudas Eliyahu lunchroom in Oholei Torah.
Hosting and providing for the needs thousands of Bocurim over the months of Elul and Tishrei is no small undertaking, and organizers from Vaad Talmidei Hatmimim began coordinating with the various Yeshivos months in advance. Many of those guests began arrived over the past few days and have received their respectful accommodations.