Weekly Letter: Comforting a Mourner

In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, during yemei teshuvah, we present a letter of comfort from the Rebbe to a mourner, where he explains the deeper meaning of teshuvah, as explained in Chassidus with particular emphasis on the saying that “the living should take to heart.”

Weekly Letter: Reconciling Freedom of Choice

Entering the month of Elul and in preparation for Rosh Hashanah – when we are inscribed for a good and sweet year – we present a letter in which the Rebbe answers the question: How can Kesivo va’chasimo tova be reconciled with the idea of freedom of choice and action – as this inscription implies predestination? The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: No Adding or Detracting

This week we present a fascinating letter the Rebbe writes in answer to an artist who wishes to add a stone to the Western Wall. In it the Rebbe explains the injunction in Parshas Vo’eschanon (as well as in another parsha) to neither add nor detract from the words of the Torah. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Weekly Letter: Advice on the “Nine Days”

During the period of the Nine Days, we share a letter of the Rebbe in which he refers to the Nine Days and its connection to the advice he is giving the writer regarding his question. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Addressing a Business Promise

In connection with the topic of a neder [vow] in this week’s parsha, we present a detailed letter of the Rebbe  to a businessman – in which the Rebbe advises on the question of a neder that the businessman  made and connects it to other relevant matters of the business. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Advice on Sources

We traditionally learn Pirkei Avos throughout the summer months – the fascinating letter we share this week is to an author of a book on Pirkei Avos.  In it, the Rebbe gives the author constructive criticism and advice regarding the sources he uses in the writing of his book. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Why Jews have Remained Loyal to their Faith

As we enter the three weeks – a time of tragedies in Jewish history, we present a letter of the Rebbe in answer to a writer, whose search for the truth lead him to the Old Testament. He asks why it is that Jews have remained loyal to their faith in spite of the many persecutions and suffering. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Trailblazing in the ‘New World’

In preparation for Yud Beis Tammuz we present a letter of the Rebbe to the chairman of a Chassidic Event – in which the Rebbe refers to the trailblazing activities of the Frierdiker Rebbe here in America and encourages all to be inspired by his boundless dedication and mesiras nefesh. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: A Tzaddik Lives on Forever

In preparation for Gimmel Tammuz, we are presenting a letter that the Rebbe wrote to the Neshei Chabad Convention in 5723 which took place around Tu B’Shvat, in which he connects the significant day of Tu B’Shvat and the Yom Hilulo, Yud Shvat  of the Frierdiker Rebbe. The theme being that a tzaddik lives on forever. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Preparing for Gimmel Tammus

In his letter of condolence to a bereaved, the Rebbe speaks of the proper state of mind despite the pain, the eternity of the soul and its release from the restraints. Interestingly – the Rebbe calls attention to and comments on the date, Gimmel Tammuz – on which the correspondent wrote her letter. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Non-Religious Learning Tanya?

As it is our custom to say Pirkei Avos from Shavuos until Rosh Hashana – in addition to the general custom of saying it from Pesach until Shavuos – we present a letter in which the Rebbe makes a brief point about the introduction which we say before Pirkei Avos: Kol Yisroel yesh lohem cheilek… It is a letter in answer to one who is not religious, asking if it is proper for her to read the Tanya. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Answering Critics of Lubavitch

When a woman wrote to the Rebbe about critics of the Lubavitch, he responded with what we should answer those critics of sacrificing one’s own Torah learning and advancement to help bring another Jew closer to Yiddishkeit. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Geyrous – Pesach to Shavuos

In honor of Shavuos we present a letter in which the Rebbe explains the importance of performing milah [circumcision] the Jewish way and its connection with the geyrus [conversion] process of the Jewish people – which began in Egypt on Pesach  and concluded at Mount Sinai on Shavuos. The Rebbe’s emphasis on performing milah in accordance with all the details, including metzitza (which some misguided individuals object to) – is so relevant and speaks to us today as well. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Message of the 10 Commandments

In preparation for the holiday of Shavuot and the giving of the Torah, we present a letter in which the Rebbe explains a basic message of the Ten Commandments: both the the profound principle of monotheism and the apparently simple and obvious ethical and moral laws, contained in the Ten Commandments, have equal validity and force – as they are both based on Divine authority, the One and only G-d. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Healing and Health

As we are in the month of Iyar, the month of Healing, we present a brief yet powerful message from the Rebbe about healing and health. One point the Rebbe makes about being realistic: In today’s day and age… “To be realistic one cannot consider anything as impossible.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Rebbe on “Yom Haatzma’ut”

In this weeks letter The Rebbe responds to a question about Chabad’s involvement in various matters, where the Rebbe refers specifically to Chabad’s involvement in Zahal (Israeli Army). Which leads the Rebbe to discuss and encourage the strengthening of the security in our Holy Land, by opposing the surrender of any part of our land. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Sanctity of Marriage Helped our Survival in Egypt

In this weeks letter, presented in honor of Shabbos Pesach, The Rebbe responds to one suggesting that when two people have good feelings towards one another – why the need for formal marriage and “legal agreement” – where the Rebbe clarifies the misconception of marriage as a mere “legal contract”.  It is  the sanctity of married life which played a large role in our survival of the Egyptian enslavement. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.