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Parasha: Our Roles as Judges

Although a judge reflects a very high position, which draws an attitude of deep fear and exceptional respect, yet we on a personal level, are indeed, the person who is obligated to fulfill this sophisticated task. Our role as being ‘judges’ is our continuous involvement with ultimate responsibility to make careful and cautious moves, so we don’t hurt the innocent and thereby not let the violator come across as the winner, Chas Veshalom.

Weekly Story: Revealing A Hidden Spark

Two months ago, I had the honor of meeting Reb Chaim Reisner, who has devoted the last twenty some years of his life to publicize the Rebbe’s call of publicizing the Sheva Mitzvos Bnei Noach (the 7 Noachide laws). He told me, that in addition to what the Rebbe quoted from the Rambam about elevating the people of the world, he has seen that it arouses dormant memories and allows assimilated Jews to rediscover who they really are.

Here’s My Story: Why Miracles Happen

As a young man growing up in Ukraine during the 1920s, I got to know the Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Rokeach, whom I came to revere. When the war broke out and I was drafted into the Russian Army, he assured me that I would survive and return safe and sound, which I did. In 1942, I was in the terrible Battle of Stalingrad, where I saw thousands of soldiers dying around me, but time and again, I survived due to incidents I can only describe as miracles.

Laws and Customs: Elul

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches, Magid Shiur in the Yeshiva Gedola of Melbourne, Australia, has compiled a guide to the laws and customs of the month of Elul (up to but not including the period of Selichos) for the benefit of the wider Lubavitch community.

Weekly Story: Mezuzah and Shabbos

In my correspondence, I try not to pry as Malka is extremely private. After Tishrei last year, I was  informed that a shliach and Rov in his community used her story in his drosha on Yom Kippur. When I informed her of this, she inquired, “What did he see so special about my story?”

Here’s My Story: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

I am a businessman, an industrialist. And the story I have to tell here is how my family – despite the indisputable logic of the naysayers and despite our own finely-honed business sense – invested in a textile business in Israel, knowing it would be a losing proposition. We thought of it as a charitable donation, a short-term loss, because there was no way this business was going to survive long-term.

8:00pm: Can One Write a Pidyon to Other Rebbes

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 223, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: Can I Write a Pidyon to Other Rebbes, or Only to My Own Rebbe? If a School Is Doing Things Counter to the Rebbe’s Directives, Is It Considered a Lubavitch School? If My Soul Is Jewish (Born to a Jewish Mother), Does That Automatically Make My Body Jewish, Even If My Father Is Not Jewish? How to Be a Good Parent? Continued; Chassidus Applied to Chof Av; What Is the Difference Between the Kabbalah of the Rama”k and the Kabbalah of the Arizal?

Weekly Story: Who Is Malka?

It is now almost three years that I began writing and posting a Weekly Story. None of them have triggered so many comments of thanks, curiosity as well as some skepticism as the chronicles of Malka, initially posted under the title “You Were Not Abandoned.”

Relationship Advice from the Sun and Moon

What an awesome feeling and delighted pleasure it is for parents to be witness their child’s acknowledgment and enjoyment of their mother’s or father’s unique qualities. However, why is it sometimes so difficult to value and express esteem towards one’s nobility and kindness?

Here’s My Story: Preemptive Child Protection

In 1990, when I was passing through New York – on my way home from Toronto where I was invited to speak at a women’s convention – I went to see the Rebbe as he was giving out dollars for charity. I stood in that very long line because there was someone who desperately needed the Rebbe’s blessing, and I wanted to use this occasion to ask for it. I was very nervous that when I reached the head of the line I would be so in awe of the Rebbe that I’d be rendered speechless, and I kept reciting Psalms to give myself courage.

Weekly Story: Looking Forward (Part 2 of 2)

I can add another point to that encounter with the Rebbe [which happened in the early 70’s]: The Rebbe was strongly against me developing ANY friendship with non-Jews. He pointed out how far Chazal went to discourage friendships between Jews and non-Jews, even of same gender, by forbidding their wine and other prohibitions (maybe he specified: cooking, bread, oil, cheese – but I don’t remember).