In the month of Adar Beis – we share a very instructive letter of the Rebbe to a woman who is partnering with her husband in their chinuch activities. In it, the Rebbe gives guidelines and advice about effective education […]
Letter and Spirit
In keeping with the instructions to build a mishkan and cautioning to keep the Shabbos holy: not to desecrate Shbbos, even for the construction of the mishkan, we present a letter from the Rebbe about the very important mitzvah of Shabbos observance.
In connection with the parsha – where Moshe pleads for forgiveness after the sin of the golden calf and asks Hashem to reveal His ways – we share a letter of the Rebbe in which he explains two ways to arrive at the understanding and service of G-d: “G-d is all” and “All is G-d.” This eye-opening letter explains briefly yet clearly a basic teaching of chasidus – the making of an abode for G-d in this lowest physical world.
In our service of Hashem – symbolized by the mishkan in these parshios – we utilize the material world to commune and connect with Hashem. In this letter, the Rebbe gives a clear and concise explanation of how this is possible. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
With the building of the mishkan and the service of the Kohanim about to begin – we share a letter in which the Rebbe addresses the question of the seeming contradiction between the yichus of the Kohanim and the idea of democracy.
After having received the Torah last week – we present a letter in which the Rebbe has some encouraging words for a lady who is active in spreading and strengthening Yiddishkeit – with some interesting points about the learning of Torah in general and the obligation to do so of women in particular.
In preparation for the receiving of the Torah in this week’s parsha – we present a letter in which the Rebbe explains the radical difference between his view and the one suggested by the letter writer about the right approach to Judaism. In it the Rebbe clearly defines this approach – where we should follow the natural order – as in the needs of the body.
This week, we present a letter of the Rebbe in which he answers to one who questions the advisability of the Tzivos Hashem children’s organization, which is founded on the idea of the military and glorification of arms and wars. Is this a suitable way of educating our children, especially as Torah promotes peace and was given to bring peace to the world?
In a special edition of The Letter and the Spirit, we present a letter in honor of Yud Shvat detailing the arrival of the Frierdiker Rebbe, and his special impact on America. The letter speaks of his history and accomplishments, and has some annotations made by the Rebbe.
This week, we present a letter of the Rebbe in which he discusses the merit of Jewish names , which helped in our redemption from Egypt. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
This week, we present a letter of the Rebbe answering to a non-Jew who has “discovered the truth of the Old Testament” and asking the question, Why do Jews remain loyal to their faith after thousands of years of persecution?
This week, we present a letter in which the Rebbe touches upon the unique significance of a Jewish name, and the role it played in our redemption from Egypt, among other interesting points about being freed from the alien influences […]
This week, in connection with our parsha, in which Yaakov takes leave of his children before his passing, and his blessings for each of them, we present a letter in which the Rebbe makes some important points about a Jewish will.
This week we present a letter in which the Rebbe writes about Yosef in Mitzrayim. In it the Rebbe explains its relevance to us today and its message for all mankind. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
In honor of Chanukah, we present a letter in which the Rebbe asks why is it so important that the menorah oil be pure? The flame burns just as well with less than pure oil. Do the ends justify the means?
This week, we present a letter in which the Rebbe gives an answer to those who have reservations about the kindling of the Chanukah menorah in public places. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
In honor of Yud Tes Kislev, the Rosh Hashana of Chasidus, happening this coming week, we present a letter in which the Rebbe explains, clearly and in detail, that the learning of chasidus is required according to the authority of the Shulchan Aruch.
This week we are sharing a fascinating letter which Rabbi Nissan Mindel had written in 1968 to the editor of a famous publication – the Jewish Chronicle of England. In the letter, he takes to task an article the publication had featured, in which the writer maligns the good name and character of our mother Rebeccah and father Jacob
In keeping with the parsha of the week, we present a letter in which the Rebbe deals with antisemitism in our day and age – the beginning of which started in this week’s parsha with the encounter between Yaakov and Eisav. The letter, […]
In honor of the Kinus Hashluchim, we present a special Edition to the weekly “Letter and the Spirit” publication. In this letter, the Rebbe explains the goal of “lich’she’yofutzu ma’a’yonosecho chutzo” in reaching not only the outside, far places, but […]
As the International Shluchim Convention gets underway – we share a letter of the Rebbe in which he answers those claiming that Chabad activities constitute hasogas g’vul – the Rebbe gives a clear and definitive explanation based on halacha – with logical and reasonable explanations as well.
In preparing for the Shluchim Convention this coming week – we share a powerful letter of the Rebbe in which he encourages a shlucha who feels discouraged and doubtful of her capability and suitability to do her shlichus work. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.