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Weekly Letter: Reading Zachor – to remember Amalek

In preparation for Purim, when on the Shabbos before Purim, we read zachor – to remember Amalek, the Rebbe addresses a question from a professor on the commandant to wipe out the entire nation of Amalek. 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: The Meticulousness of the Mishkan in our Lives

In this weeks letter, the Rebbe mentions the gist of the Frierdiker Rebbe’s talk regarding the construction of the mishkan and our meticulous erecting and dismantling of it during the years of wandering in the desert, and its relevance to us in our lives today. 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: Naaseh V’Nishma and the Torah

In this weeks letter, The Rebbe explains how naaseh v’nishma, is not only a necessary condition of accepting the Torah – but additionally, as the true method to the understanding of the Torah and everything connected with it. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Matan Torah and Other Religions

In this weeks letter the Rebbe shares some interesting insights into the question of the validity of the Revelation at Sinai, and as it relates to other religions. As well as the doing of mitzvos (na’asse) before the study (nishma) which then, significantly, brings to new insights and better understanding of the Torah and mitzovs. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Astrology and Horoscope in Jewish Life

In this weeks letter, The Rebbe addresses the question of astrology and horoscope in Jewish life. Seeing as the culture of Mitzrayim was steeped in the ways of astrology, horoscope, stargazing and the like, we need clarity on the Jewish outlook regarding these. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Why Tragedies and Suffering?

In a letter to The Rebbe, a person laments the tragedies and suffering – such as the holocaust – that have befallen the Jewish people. The Rebbes response is a lesson on perspectives. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Why Jews Fear Gentiles

With the current anti-Jewish and anti-Israel climate in the world and at the United Nations, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he addresses the predisposition of Jews to fear gentiles. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Secret of Our Survival

This week, as we read in the Parsha the beginning of Golus Mitzrayim, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the uniqueness of Jewish history and the secret of our survival. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Saving Jewish Children

Seeing as Chanukah was celebrated this week – with its emphasis on chinuch – as well as the parsha of Vayigash, where Yehudah confronts the viceroy of Egypt in order to save Binyomin – which represents every Jew’s self-sacrificing efforts to save the Jewish child (Binyomin) we share a letter of the Rebbe written to a supporter of an out of town Lubavitcher yeshivah who wished to introduce reforms in the yeshivah. From the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: In Defense of Public Menorah Lightings

This week, as we approach Chanukah, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the issue of the Public Menorah Lighting campaign of Chabad — to a community leader who expressed objections to this public display of a Jewish practice. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Chabad and Politics

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a well-known public figure regarding Chabad efforts in the political sphere (in Washington D.C.), with basic guidelines about public relations, intervention/shtadlonus and dealing with people of influence. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: To the Editor of the J.C.

This week, we present a sharply-worded letter to the editor of the Jewish Chronicle (in the UK) – written in 1968 by the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel – protesting an article in the JC in which the author had written disparagingly about our forefathers, Rivkah and Yaakov, within the context of the narrative described in Parshas Toldos.

Weekly Letter: The Role of a Jewish Woman

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Chayei Sarah, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he underlines the highest goal of a Jewish woman, that of akeres ha’bayis,  and discusses this in light of contemporary thinking. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Withstanding the Tests

This Week, as we read in the Parsha about some of the ten tests of Avraham, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a person experiencing great challenges. The Rebbe’s encouraging message refers to Avraham our patriarch, and the great challenges he faced and tests he withstood. He did so with bitachon and with joy and gladness – for which he was richly rewarded. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: We Have It in Us

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he encourages the recipient to adhere to the true and tested path of Torah and mitzvos – without having to investigate the worthiness of doing so. Making changes in life is not easy – but we are up to the task, just as our father Avraham, in our parsha,  was able to break away from his environment and accustomed way of living in order to attain the “Promised Land.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Spreading the 7 Noahide Laws

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Noach, we present a letter from the Rebbe explaining the neccecity of — and encouraging the promotion of — the Seven Noahide Commandments. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Reconciling Torah with Evolution

This week, as we prepare to read in the Torah Parshas Bereishis, we present a letter from the Rebbe in answer to someone who presented a novel analysis of the Genesis recording in the Torah — whereby he attempts to reinterpret the Creation account of the Torah so that it can be “reconciled” with the changing theories offered by scientists. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Four Kingdoms

As we complete the yearly cycle of the Torah readings and prepare to begin anew from the beginning, we present a unique piece — a question presented by a participant in a weekly Torah class in Manhattan by a group of intellectuals in the mid-1940s, in which Rabbi Dr. Nissan Mindel was asked by the Frierdiker Rebbe to participate, which the Rebbe, then known as the Ramash, answered in writing.

Weekly Letter: Predestination Vs. Free Will

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he explains the idea of predestination and free will, and how they are compatible with each other — a concept relevant at this time of judgement when Hashem writes and seals our destiny for the year. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.