Weekly Letter: Bris Milah for the Health Benefits?

This week, as we read about the first Bris in Parshas Lech Lecha, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he remarks on presenting mitzvos such as bris milah and others “as prescriptions for good health or hygiene.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Next Generation of Bluegrass Rabbis Comes of Age in Kentucky

Much has changed in the last three decades for the Jewish community in Kentucky, as the Litvin family has spread their roots in a community they are proud to call home. Even after all this time, new developments are in the works. Take, for instance, a Jewish Learning Center that opens this week, which under its wide umbrella will offer adult-education classes throughout the year for working professionals, parents, retirees—for anyone who wants to further their Jewish knowledge.

Video: I Have Ulcerative Colitis, Let’s Talk

Comedian Mendy Pellin engages in some bathroom talk to reveal a little-known condition he has called Ulcerative Colitis. He invites the community to an event he will headline later this month in Crown Heights, which he hopes will raise awareness of this condition among members of the Orthodox-Jewish community.

Picture of the Day: Sinai Scholars

Rabbi Yudi Steiner, director of Chabad on Campus at George Washington University, delivers a lesson to dozens of students titled “Love Matters” as part of the Sinai Scholars project. Rabbi Steiner and many of these students, along with hundreds of others from all over the country, will be arriving in Crown Heights tonight and tomorrow for the annual ‘JewFest’ Chabad on Campus Shabbaton.

Video: Who Stole the Tefilin?

A Chosid in Williamsburg recently arrived in Shul one morning to find that his Tefilin had gone missing. Suspecting that they may have been stolen, he obtained the footage from the Shul’s surveillance camera, and was surprised to discover the culprit.

Law Enforcement Preps for Kinus Hashluchim

With the International Kinus Hashluchim just two weeks away, members of the Vaad HaKinus got together with representatives of various city law enforcement agencies in order to coordinate security arrangements for conference, which is set to bring some 5,000 people to Crown Heights.