Letter & Spirit: Is Shmitta Utilitarian?

In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, in honor of this year of shmitta and this week’s parsha (B’har-b’chukosai) where we learn the laws of shmitta, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he explains the idea of shmitta as much more than just a question of utility – where we give the land a “rest” (as is so commonly believed). The letter was written in English through the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, and was made available by the latter’s son-in-law, Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro.

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Rabbi Leima Wilhelm to Join Morristown Yeshiva

Rabbi Moshe Herson, Dean of the Rabbinical College of America, has announced that Rabbi Leima Wilhelm will start serving this coming Elul as one of the principal Roshei Yeshivah and Mashpiim of the Morristown Yeshivah. CrownHeights.info reported last month that Rabbi Wilhelm had been fired from his previous position at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Detroit.

Giuliani: The Rebbe Called Them ‘Metsuyanei Tzahal’

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani met Tuesday with ten Israeli soldiers wounded in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge. The meeting took place at a midtown Manhattan kosher restaurant on their last day of a ten-day trip to New York City, arranged by the Chabad Organization Belev Echad.