The Letter and the Spirit: The Wonder Rabbi

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.

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Weekly Letter: The Merit of Jewish Names

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.

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Weekly Letter: Significance of a Jewish Name

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 […]

Weekly Letter: A Jewish Will

This week, in connection with our parsha, in which Yaakov takes leave of his children before his passing, and his blessings for each of them, we present a letter in which the Rebbe makes some important points about a Jewish will. 

Weekly Letter: Yosef in Mitzrayim

This week we present a letter in which the Rebbe writes about Yosef in Mitzrayim. In it the Rebbe explains its relevance to us today and  its message for all mankind. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Public Menorah Lighting

This week, we present a letter in which the Rebbe gives an answer to those who have reservations about the kindling of the Chanukah menorah in public places. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Chasidus is Required

In honor of Yud Tes Kislev, the Rosh Hashana of Chasidus, happening this coming week, we present a letter in which the Rebbe explains, clearly and in detail, that the learning of chasidus is required according to the authority of the Shulchan Aruch.

Weekly Letter: “Analyzing” Yaakov and Rivkah

This week we are sharing a fascinating letter which Rabbi Nissan Mindel had written in 1968 to the editor of a famous publication – the Jewish Chronicle of England. In the letter, he takes to task an article the publication had featured, in which the writer maligns the good name and character of our mother Rebeccah and father Jacob

The Letter and the Spirit: Special Publication

In honor of the Kinus Hashluchim, we present a special Edition to the weekly “Letter and the Spirit” publication. In this letter, the Rebbe explains the goal of “lich’she’yofutzu ma’a’yonosecho chutzo” in reaching not only the outside, far places, but […]

Weekly Letter: “Hasogas G’vul”

As the International Shluchim Convention gets underway – we share a letter of the Rebbe in which he answers those claiming that Chabad  activities constitute hasogas g’vul – the Rebbe gives a clear and definitive explanation based on halacha – with logical and reasonable explanations as well.

Weekly Letter: “Seeding and Planting”

In preparing for the Shluchim Convention this coming week – we share a powerful letter of the Rebbe in which he encourages a shlucha who feels discouraged and doubtful of her capability and suitability to do her shlichus work. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: “The Idea of Monotheism”

In keeping with these parshios of Avraham our patriarch, the first to teach and spread the concept of monotheism to the world, we present a letter in which the Rebbe explains – in clear and practical terms – the idea of monotheism to a chiropractor. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: “Making Peace With G-d”

The Rebbe’s letter this week is about the Zayin Mitzvos – addressed to a non- Jew who asks about “making peace with G-d” – which, the Rebbe says, is not an end in itself, but rather it is the fulfillment of one’s destiny which should be one’s goal. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Beginning the Torah from the Beginning

As we begin the Torah “from the beginning” we share a letter in which the Rebbe explains to one who has a “novel analysis and rendering of the Genesis Recording in the Torah” that creation needs to be understood in its literal sense. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Two-fold Message in a Leap Year

As we enter the new year which is a leap year, we share a letter of the Rebbe explaining the concept of a leap year with a two-fold lesson and an encouraging message. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: What is the Origin of Saying Tehillim?

It is customary to recite additional chapters of Tehillim from the beginning of Elul until and including Yom Kippur. This weeks letter is in answer to questions about the reciting of Tehillim  such as – when and why the origin of saying Tehillim take place? why is it most often used by laymen? The answers are  based on chassidic sources among others. The letter is signed by Rabbi Nissan Mindel, the Rebbe’s personal secretary, who on occasion would sign the Rebbe’s letters upon the Rebbe’s request.

Weekly Letter: Checking Tefillin in Elul

As it is customary to check our mezzuzos and tefillin in the month of Elul, we share a letter of the Rebbe  about the mitzvah of mezzuza, in which the Rebbe discusses the validity of pointing out the benefit/reward of doing a mitzvah – as when he initiated the mezzuza campaign and pointed out the benefit of a mezzuza.  The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Is doing a Mitzvah for an Ulterior Motive Hypocritical?

In preparation for Rosha Hashanah – as we make an accounting of our deeds and resolutions for improving our deeds, we present a letter in which the Rebbe encourages the writer in the actual doing of the Mitzvos, even if doing so for an ulterior motive – and explains why this is not hypocritical. Also touching upon  a message for Rosh Hashanah. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.