Sholom Rubashkin is Denied Bail

Sholom Rubashkin, left, during a farbrengen in Postville. – Stock Photo.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA [AP] — A judge has ruled that the former manager of an Iowa slaughterhouse that was the site of a large immigration raid is a flight risk and should remain in federal custody.

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Boruch Dayan Hoemes – R. Shenur Zalman Garellek OBM

With sadness we inform you of the passing of R. Shenur Zalman Garellek OBM of Montreal, at the age of 88.

He is survived by his wife Francis, and his children Shimon (Montreal, Canada), Zev (Montreal, Canada) and Marsha Ostrov (Crown Heights).

The Levaya took place yesterday in Montreal and the family is sitting Shiva at 2794 Bedford Rd. Montreal, Canada H3S 1G1, the phone number there is (514) 735-3138.

Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaar Avaylay Tzion VeYerushalayim.

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The Weekly Sedra – Chayei Sara – Talk is Cheap – Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Shliach to Jacksonville, FL

After an impassioned lecture on the virtues of patriotism and the Marxist system of government, a local communist party leader was asked: “Sir, what would you do if you were to own two houses?”

Barely able to contain his proud grin, the official cried out, “Why, of course I would give one away to my comrades!”

“And what would you do if you were to own a second automobile?”

Again the politician declared with smug determination, “Naturally I would give-up one to the people!”

Finally the leader was asked: “And what if you happened to possess two pair of shoes?”

This time the official seemed caught off guard. He began to hem and haw – stammering and stuttering.

When asked later by a close underling, why he did not hesitate to part with a second house or automobile, which are rather valuable items, yet could not say for certain that he would give-up a measly pair of shoes, his response was remarkably simple: “You see, I do not own a second house and probably never will, the same is true of an automobile. But a second pair of shoes? That I do own; and I’m not inclined to give it up!”

“Say a little and do much” – Avot 1:15

The Weekly Sedra – Parshas Chayei Sarah

The Rebbe says:

1. The first verse of this week’s Torah portion is, “Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years; the years of Sarah’s life”.

The Zohar learns out from this verse that Sarah signifies the body of a person, and Avraham Avinu (Abraham our Forefather) signifies to the soul of a person .

2. The Rebbe now asks a question based on this:

Earlier on in the Torah the Torah told us that Hashem (G-d) instructed Avraham Avinu to listen to whatever his wife Sarah said because she had a greater power of prophecy .

However, according to this abovementioned Zohar which says that Sarah was like the body and Avraham was like the soul, how does this make sense? Why should the soul listen to the body?

Chabad’s Towson Debut

Maayan Jaffe – Jewish Times
Rabbi Mendy and Sheiny Rivkin, with their son Sholom Ber.
(Photo Jim Wrigley)

TOWSON, MD — Last July, Rabbi Mendy and Sheiny Rivkin took posts as the new Chabad shluchim, or emissaries, at Towson University. Their goal, they say, is to give students “whatever Judaism we can.”

The couple say they always knew they would become shluchim. But Rabbi Rivkin, who was raised in New York, said it was important for him to do it in a place “where it counts,” where he had to start from scratch, building a framework for constituents. He said this is the case with Towson, which only in recent years has experienced an increase in Jewish non-commuter students.

Triborough Bridge Renamed to RFK Bridge

(Photograph by Seth Wenig/AP)

NEW YORK, NY [NY1] — The Triborough Bridge, which connects, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, was officially renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Wednesday.

A ceremony was held in Queens’s Astoria Park, a day before what would have been the assassinated New York senator’s 83rd birthday.

New Berlin Yeshiva a Sign of the Times as Jewish Community Expands

By Chana Kroll

Students at Tora Kolleg, the first Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva in Western Europe for young adults from non-traditional homes, can finish their degrees while immersing themselves in Jewish studies.

BERLIN, Germany — As Jewish communities the world over took note of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi-coordinated pogroms known as Kristallnacht, a common thread throughout the commemorations was the special pride Holocaust survivors take in the signs of flourishing Jewish life throughout Germany.

The Shluchim Office’s Online School’s Reunion!

BROOKLYN, NY [CHI] — Hand in hand with the concurrent Kinus HaShluchim and Kinus Tzeirei Hashluchim, dozens of young Shluchim who attend The Shluchim Office’s Online School converged on Chovevei Torah’s social hall on Thursday for a grand luncheon and class reunion, with many meeting their virtual classmates and teachers in person for the first time in real life.

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Kosher Dinner to Spread Awareness on Campus

Jim Sojourner – Collegian

The pungent stench of putrid chicken flesh floated heavily in the stagnant air as Jewish CSU students Max Brodsky and Joaquin Matek stared downward at the yellowed, slimy chicken, with looks of frustration intermingled with twinges of nausea rippling across their faces.

Around the corner Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik paced wildly, his dark bushy beard moving in tandem with his rapidly moving lips, which addressed the disembodied voices that squeaked from his cell phone speaker.

“There’s always something that goes wrong,” Gorelik said, still sounding optimistic.

On Campus, A Females-Only Shabbat With Chabad

Dvora Lakein – Lubavitch.com

CHICAGO, IL — riday, November 21st is Michelle Bentsman’s 19th birthday. It will be her first birthday as a student at the University of Chicago. And she has chosen to spend it with Chabad.

“I really want to be part of this event,” says Bentsman, “and I don’t want anything—including my birthday—to get in the way.”

Unarmed, Shop Owner Turned Tables on Gunmen

Christine Hauser and C. J. Hughes – NY Times

Some would-be robbers picked the wrong shop owner to rob in Brooklyn on Monday night.

Even though he was unarmed, the shop owner, identified by neighbors as Youssouf Drame, 35, wrested a gun away from one of the men and fatally shot two of them. The police say that two other suspects — it’s unclear whether they entered the store — are at large.

First Group of Talmidim HaShluchim Arrive in Sydney Australia!

SYDNEY, Australia [CHI] — This morning, 22 Marcheshvan – 20 November, the first group of Talmidim Hashluchim have arrived! The first group comprises 16 young men and BE”H next week an additional 18 young men will be coming to serve as Rabbinical students in the Yeshiva Gedola of the Yeshiva Centre – Chabad Headquarters in NSW, Australia.

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