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Letter & Spirit: Artificially Raising Crop Yields

In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, we present a unique letter written by the Rebbe in 1968, in which he explains the concept of holiness/kedusha as it relates to the Holy Land and to other areas. In the P.S. of the letter, the Rebbe touches on the subject of increasing land productivity through artificial means, and makes some interesting comments about the safety of doing this. 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.

Putin Honors Chabad Emissary

In a pompous ceremony that recently took place in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed one of Russia’s highest honors upon Moscow Chabad Shliach and head of the Federation of Jewish Communities Rabbi Alexander Boroda.

Social Media Hysterics Prompt Fear for Students’ Safety

Parents of students in Beis Rivkah Elementary School were left to fear for their children’s safety after irresponsible rumors and social media hysterics lead some to believe that the school was on ‘lockdown’. School administration said “there was never any concern for the safety of our students, it was just a misunderstanding.”