In this week’s edition of Letter and Spirit, we present a letter from the Rebbe written to President Ronald Reagan in 1982, thanking him for his good wishes on the occasion of the Rebbe’s birthday, along with a message of gratitude and encouragement to the president of the United States for his efforts in maintaining America’s greatness as a Super Power among the nations of the world. 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.
Daily Archives: May 5, 2016
After their somber visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on Monday, some 800 Jewish students from Russia, accompanied by several Chabad Shluchim – including Russia’s chief rabbi Berel Lazar, continued on to Spain, where they visited historic Jewish sites from before the Jews were expelled from the country in 1492.
Mrs. Chana Sharfstein is a noted author, educator and tour guide. During March of 2014 her daughter, Zlata Ester, passed away at the age of 53. Mrs. Sharfstein published Zlata’s Story, a book describing the experiences of a mother raising an autistic daughter. She was interviewed in the My Encounter Studio in April of 2014.
A brick, aimed at the head of a Jewish bus driver, thankfully missed its mark and instead struck the mirror and body of the bus, causing significant damage. The young teenagers who threw the brick fled into an adjacent subway station and onto the train tracks.
The proposed five-cent tax on plastic shopping bags being considered by the NYC Council will hurt real New Yorkers, argues Councilman David Greenfield.
After years of delays, Israel may open offices in its Brussels headquarters, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) advised Jerusalem on Tuesday, and may complete the process of credentials for its representatives, the Foreign Ministry stated.
World-renowned cantor Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Helfgot was recently naturalized as a U.S. citizen. To celebrate the occasion, he sang part of the American National Anthem right outside the courthouse on the streets of New York.
On a recent Tuesday night at the Chabad House Bowery on the Lower East Side, a crowd began to form. Tables covered in craft paper filled the room, tea lights flickering in mason jars. At a long table at one end, servers set up paper plates and jugs of ice tea — but no food. “Jazzie’s running late,” explained Matt Glick, the Chabad House chief of staff.
Following extensive military operations in near the Gaza border, Israeli Defense Forces have discovered two subterranean terror tunnels spanning from Gaza into Israel. Israel revealed today that the successful operations were based on information gleaned from a captured Hamas terrorist.