Acts of Faith – Memorial for Mumbai Massacred

Ethan Hyman – News Observer

RALEIGH, NC — Rabbi Sholom Estrin, assistant rabbi with Congregation Sha’arei Israel, holds a Havdalah candle, lit at the end of the Sabbath to mark the passage from sacred to secular time. Estrin was among those who led a community memorial and solidarity gathering for victims of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The event at the Chabad Center of Raleigh paid tribute to the more than 170 people who died in the attacks.

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So What is the Story Behind this Picture

Rachel Shapira – Mishpacha Magazine

Hundreds of pictures have circulated since the Gaza incursion began, but few have captured the hearts of the public as this photograph, showing a group of young yeshiva boys taking cover together with helmet-clad border police. What’s the story behind the picture?

Hundreds of Yaldei Hashluchim participate in Yud Tes Kislev Hachana

In honor of Yud Tes Kislev over 500 Yaldei Hashluchim actively participated in an international Yud Tes Kislev Hachana organized by CYH – a division of the Shluchim office.

Yaldei Hashluchim of all ages memorized Tanya in preparation for the Yom Tov and called in to record it on our Super Phone. They were rewarded with points to be redeemed for prizes. It was a smashing success!

2 of the Yaldei Hashluchim memorized the entire Perek Aleph Tanya!

You Can Go Home

By Larry Gordon for the Five Towns Jewish News

The hall closet still has a box of mothballs sitting on the shelf directly over the coatrack. As a result, it still harbors this pungent but otherwise sartorially healthy scent that tells you that the clothes in here are well protected. This is the hallway closet in my mother’s house in Crown Heights in Brooklyn. I’m there often—though not often enough—usually to pick my mom up before Shabbos or drive her back home after Shabbos, but rarely, if ever, am I there to spend a Shabbos there myself these days.

Parents of Injured Soldiers Request: Pray for Their Recovery

The staff of the Chabad’s Terror Victims Project are visiting the soldiers injured by the fighting in Gaza, who are hospitalized in hospitals throughout Israel. In Soroka in Beer Sheva, Beilinson in Petach Tikva, Barzilai in Ashkelon and Shiba in Ramat Gan. We strive to encourage and strengthen the spirit of the injured soldiers , bring them gifts, while giving the families emergency aid.

Tehilim and Names in the Extended Article

Vayechi: I Know my Son I know….The Need to Trust a Tzaddik

by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Shliach to Jacksonville, FL

A seasoned businessman, who for many years earned his living in the lumber industry, was getting on in age. He decided to turn his business over to his sons who were more than happy to step in.

Having little experience in this field, the novices were careful to consult their elderly father before every major decision. The father was eager to share his lifelong knowledge and expertise in this profession.

An opportunity had one day arisen for the brothers to procure 1,000 trees in a forest at what seemed like a very fair price. As usual, they sought the skilled guidance of their retired father. After listening to the proposal, the father inquired about three aspects before offering his advice:

This Weeks Crown Heights Newspaper

In this weeks (Parshas Vayigash) editon of the Crown Heights Newspaper:

· Focus on the Rambam on his Yahrzeit the 20th of Teves
· The Rebbe’s Story:
“Do you really mean that you will not take advantage of this opportunity unless the Rebbe approves? What does the Rebbe know about business or about African gems?”
· Hero: Horav Hachossid Reb Moshe Aharon Geisinsky
“Whenever he learned that the Rebbe had instructed that a sefer be typeset, he would first run to immerse himself in the mikva and then would return to work. Reb Moshe Aharon took great pain to insure that the works were printed in the best format. On one occasion, the printers sent the Rebbe some work which was not of the highest standard. The Rebbe remarked, ‘This was not done by Geisinsky!’ ”
· Shidduchim: Go to Midwood, you might find your besherte
· Financial: Get Organized for the IRS
· And much more ….

Flyers Accuses Chabad of Hate, Want Kick ’em Out of City

By Jesse Ferreras for Pique News Magazine

WHISTLER, BC, Canada — Anonymous flyers left in both Pique and Whistler Question newsstands Dec. 31 are demanding that a “hate group” be forced out of Whistler.

The flyers are adorned with the headline “HATE GROUP OUT OF WHISTLER NOW” and carry a quote from Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, the deceased leader of Chabad-Lubavitch, a Hasidic Jewish organization that began in the 18th century. Schneerson died in 1994.

Video of the Day! – Choosing a Thesis!

This weeks Living Torah, titled “Choosing a Thesis” (Volume 57, Episode 226)

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Also available with Hebrew, French, Russian and Spanish subtitles in the Extended Article.

Letters of Hope and Love…

Dear Soldier, I am a high school student… The war you are fighting in the Holy Land has grabbed my full attention. I am standing behind you and believe in what you are fighting for. You are fighting for Israel, my home, and a safe haven for Jews and any others wishing to practice religion peacefully all over the world.

I thank you from the deepest place in my heart for putting yourself in harms way for the fight against any enemy of freedom. You are my hero. I am praying for immediate peace and success in all of your missions. May G-d bring salvation to all those in need and peace to the land of Israel. Thank you for your dedication to Israel. Love…

Motzei Shabbos – Rally at the Ohel

This Motzei Shabbos, January 10th, the 14th of Tevet there will be a rally at the Ohel for all children ages 5-12. Busses leaving at 6:30pm and returning 8:45pm. $3.00 for the bus.

More info in full flyer the Extended Article

The Weekly Sedra – Parshas Vayechi

by Shalom Goldberg

The Rebbe says:

1. In this week’s Torah portion Yakov Avinu (Jacob our forefather) blesses each one of his twelve children.

When Yakov Avinu blesses his son Asher he says, “From Asher- his bread is rich, he will provide kingly delicacies”.

Rashi (an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki) explains this blessing and says: “The food which comes from the land that Asher received as an inheritance is rich and fat because there are many olives in his portion which give oil like a spring. As we see, Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses our teacher) also blessed Asher by saying, ‘And he will (even be able to) dip his feet in oil’”.

Chabad Teen Club Light Up the Poconos

STROUDSBURG, PA — Sixty teens from the Brighton Beach area spent part of their winter vacation snow tubing in the Poconos mountains. The public school teens belong to the Chabad-Neshama Teen Club, who organized the trip offering the teens an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season in a totally Jewish atmosphere.