Weekly Letter: Deeper Meaning of the 10 Commandments

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Yisro, we present a letter from the Rebbe discussing the deeper significance of the Ten Commandments – the connection between the profound principle of monotheism contained in the first two commandments and the apparently  simple and obvious injunctions of the last few commandments. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Weekly Letter: Yud Shvat and Tu B’Shvat

This week, in honor of Tu B’Shvat, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the significance of the New Year for Trees and its connection to Yud Shvat and Bosi L’gani. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Weekly Letter: The Previous Rebbe’s Last Yechidus

This week, in honor of Yud Shvat, Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro of Nissan Mindel Publications shares with our readers a copy of an original, unique letter from the Rebbe, with his handwritten notations, written right after the histalkus of the Previous Rebbe on Yud Shvat, 1950, to one of the Rayatz’s well-known supporters.

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Weekly Letter: Is It OK to Check Your Horoscope?

This week, as we read in the Parsha about Golus Mitzrayim, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the question of horoscopes, and whether a Jew is allowed to consult with one, being that Egypt was steeped in these practices. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Weekly Letter: ‘Peace’ with the Arabs

In light of the current situation in Eretz Yisroel, we present this week a letter that will help us review the Rebbe’s views and directives as they pertain to making “peace” with the Arabs.The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Ma’alin Bakodesh

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he underlines the Chanukah message of “hiddur” and “maalin b’Kodesh,” and how this teaching, as well as the teachings of all the festivals, applies to each day of the year and not confined to that festival. In the interesting P.S., the Rebbe comments on the job of a mazkirah (as the letter writer identifies herself) and on the term”Old Jerusalem” (where she is located). The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Weak Vs. the Mighty

We present a letter from the Rebbe with a timely message for this week, which spans Yud Tes Kislev and Chanukah (as it was at the time of the letter), connecting the two with the theme of not being discouraged when the “weak and the few” are confronted by the “mighty and the powerful.” And a fascinating insight in the P.S. part of the letter: using the English language to maximize the spreading of the light to the furthest reaches in the darkness, another theme of Chanukah. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: It’s Me

This week we present a copy of the Rebbe’s handwritten notes to a story written by his trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel, who was also a renowned author of storybooks. The story involves a seemingly harsh lesson taught by one of the Lubavitcher Rebbes to his son, and the Rebbe’s handwritten note advises “tzorich iyun godol ha’bi’ur” ([the story] needs to be carefully studied for an explanation).

Weekly Letter: The Spirit of Yaakov

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he reflects on our forefather Yaakov in parshas Va’yetze and parshas Va’yishlach, and highlights important lessons for each Jew today in his every day life. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Do They Really Hate Us?

This week, as we read about the conflict of Yaakov and Eisav in Parshas Toldos, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he deals with the question of why it is that Jews are apprehensive about non-Jews.  The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Bridging the Gap

Following last week’s presidential election, we present a letter from the Rebbe to President Ronald Reagan in 1985, in which he gives the commander-in-chief encouraging and supportive words to lead our country “in these sadly confused times,” and encouraging his effort to “bridge the gap… necessary for the proper balance of harmony.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Bris Milah for the Health Benefits?

This week, as we read about the first Bris in Parshas Lech Lecha, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he remarks on presenting mitzvos such as bris milah and others “as prescriptions for good health or hygiene.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Misconceptions Created by Modern Technology

This week, we present one of several in an exchange of letters between Prof. C. Domb and the Rebbe, in which the Rebbe encourages him to clear up confusion among misguided individuals which have resulted from misconceptions created by modern technology. The topic of the age of the world and “evolutionary cosmology” are briefly discussed. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Meaning of Zman Simchaseinu

This Week, we present an excerpt from the writings of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel explaining the deeper significance of the joyous celebration of Simchas Beis Hashoeva on Sukkos, as well as Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah.

Weekly Letter: Doing Teshuva Right

As we approach Rosh Hashana, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he explains the right and the wrong way of doing teshuva. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Reflecting on Hashgacha Protis

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he explains Perek 27 of Tehilim – L’Dovid Hashem Ori, which we say every day during Elul until Hoshana Rabba, wherein we reflect on Hashem’s careful watchfulness – Hashgacha Protis – and are strengthened by this. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: A Month of Divine Grace and Favor

As we approach the beginning of the month of Elul, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he underlines the significance of managing a Jewish home with its many benevolent acts, however insignificant they may seem, and especially in this month of special Divine grace and favor. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.