In this special edition of letters from the Rebbe, we present a series of letters between the Rebbe, and Author Herman Wouk who just passed away. May these letters we are publicizing, be a merit for his soul and bring comfort to his family during the week of shiva. The letters reflect Herman Wouk’s generous and compassionate character and good deeds – especially in the area of chinuch and education.
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This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in regards to the weeks of s’fira, when we remember Rabbi Akiva and his students and his famous teaching of a Jew being intrinsically connected to Torah, as a fish is to water. In the letter, the Rebbe discusses this very essence of a Jew.
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This week, we present a letter from the rebbe, in which the Rebbe expands on the mitzvah of the counting of the Omer. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
In this weeks letter, the Rebbe gives words of comfort to the bereaved, and it’s association during the days between Pesach and Shavuos, a time of tragic events in Jewish history, associated with the martyrdom of our people.
In honor of the last days of Pesach we present this weeks letter in which the Rebbe discusses the questions of the custom of eating or not eating kitniyos/legumes on Pesach – which custom one should follow and why.
In this weeks letter in honor of Pesach, the Rebbe letter explains the message of Pesach in our daily life: the tremendous accomplishment a Jew is able to achieve if he only wills it: going from the lowest depths to the loftiest spiritual heights.
In connection with the topic of tzora’as in this week’s parsha, one of the causes of which Chazal attribute to the speaking of loshon hora/slander, we present a letter of the Rebbe where he refers to loshoh hora in the context of a negative experience the correspondent refers to in his letter to the Rebbe.
With the Rebbetzen’ s and the Rebbe’s birthdays being celebrated during these couple of weeks – we share a letter where the Rebbe explains our customs for a birthday. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
With the renewed interest in space travel and the successful launching recently by Israel of the lunar space craft, we share a letter of the Rebbe regarding space travel. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
In light of the recent scandal involving college admission and the parents of students – we share a letter of the Rebbe on the topic of college education and the role and attitude of parents in the matter.
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 […]
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 […]