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Weekly Letter: Our Education Obligations

This week, as we begin the new school year, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he reminds us all of the obligations which both the  schools and  the parents have in the education of our children. A unique and powerful message woven through the well-known story of Hillel the Elder and hismesiras nefesh for Torah learning. 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: A Mezuzah Is Like a Helmet

During the month of Elul, when it is customary for Jews to check their mezuzos and tefillin, we share a letter in which the Rebbe answers a person questioning the Rebbe’s  emphasis in the mezuzah campaign, in which he explains that a mezuzah is like a helmet.  A powerful lesson for all, especially for educators. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: An Illegitimate Child?

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in response to someone who questioned the seeming cruelty of the Torah laws pertaining to illegitimate children. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Greetings to the King of Spain

This week, as we begin the month of Elul, we present a letter of greeting from the Rebbe to the king of Spain. In it, the Rebbe points out the significance of the month of Elul, a time when the King of Kings goes out into the field, and a time of preparation for the Day of Judgment for Jews and for all mankind. 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: A Healthy Diet

This week we read in Parshas Re’eh the laws of a kosher food. The importance of a proper diet for the general state of health and emotional life is well known and established. How much more so, says the Rebbe,  the dietary laws given by the Creator, Essence of Perfection – for our physical, mental and spiritual health. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Coming to Terms with Loss

This week, as we read in the Haftara ‘Nachamu’ following Tisha B’av, we present a letter from the Rebbe on bereavement and how to accept G-d’s judgment. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Slim Prospects for Peace

This week, during the Nine Days and also at a time of increased tension in Eretz Yisroel, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he discusses the idea of remedying the ills that brought about the tragedy of Tisha B’Av, as well as helping our brethren in the Holy Land. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Sharing Our Torah

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in answer to those who question the way of Chabad – to sacrifice some of our own advancement and growth in the study of Torah for the sake of our fellow Jew, to bring him closer to Yiddishkeit. During the Three Weeks, when we reinforce our ahavas Yisroel, the lesson contained in this letter is particularly timely. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Proof of G-d’s Existence

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Chukas – a Mitzvah that is above reason, we present a letter from the Rebbe responding to an individual who requested proof of the existence of G-d. If one would use reason, scientific or philosophical “proof,” the Rebbe explains, it would have to be of a limited nature. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: No Vacation from Torah and Mitzvos

This week, as we approach summer vacation, we present a letter the Rebbe composed especially for the Talks and Tales, a monthly children’s magazine which Rabbi Nissan Mindel authored in English for over 47 years (at the behest of the Frierdiker Rebbe, and which the Rebbe checked over each and every issue for the duration of the 47 years before they went to print). The letter contains a wonderful message to children and adults alike about the importance of Torah learning and Mitzvos during the summer months.

Weekly Letter: The Role of the Shluchim

This week, as we read the Parsha of Moshe sending Shluchim, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he clarifies the appropriate role and activities of shluchim. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: In Praise of Young Israel

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe to Rabbi Benjamin Blech of Yeshiva University, a well known lecturer and Jewish leader, in which he encourages Rabbi Blech in his exemplary work for yiddishkeit – specifically for taharas ha’mishpacha – and in general praises Young Israel – analyzing the significance of its name. A second letter from the Rebbe to “Mr. Young Israel,” R’ Yitzchok Meir Bunim, is included as well. The letters, written originally in English, are from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Simple Faith

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the topic of “simple” faith – in which he gives an analogy from nature and its complexity with its underlying essential simplicity. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Are the Torah’s Laws Still Relevant?

This week, as we prepare for Shavuos, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he gives an answer to the question: since we live in a society based on law and order, are the laws of the Torah still relevant today as they were thousands of years ago? The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Leaving the Land Fallow

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he clarifies the concept of shmitta – going beyond the limited understanding of it as merely a sabbatical for the land to recoup its strength. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Hereditary Classes in Judaism?

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Emor El Hakohanim, we present a letter from the Rebbe dealing with the question of hereditary classes in Judaism, such as the aristocracy of Kohanim and Levyim, which seem to not be consistent “with the otherwise democratic orientation of Judaism.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Why Did Aharon’s Sons Deserve to Die?

This week, we present a document found in the Archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, containing highlights from this week’s Parsha – Acharei – along with the Rebbe’s handwritten notations. Rabbi Mindel’s daughter, Mrs. Frida Schapiro, says she believes that this article was written for the monthly Talks and Tales, which Rabbi Mindel authored for 47 years and every single issue of which the Rebbe checked over before going to print.

Weekly Letter: Why the Holocaust?

This week the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honor of the occasion, we present a letter from the Rebbe addressing the common question: why the Holocaust? The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Significance of Eight

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Shmini, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a supporter of the Rebbe’s “Wild Project” in Eretz Yisrael – a project that goes above and beyond the regular and the usual – in which the Rebbe goes into detail about the special significance of “eight” and its transcendent quality. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.