Weekly Letter: It’s Me

This week we present a copy of the Rebbe’s handwritten notes to a story written by his trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel, who was also a renowned author of storybooks. The story involves a seemingly harsh lesson taught by one of the Lubavitcher Rebbes to his son, and the Rebbe’s handwritten note advises “tzorich iyun godol ha’bi’ur” ([the story] needs to be carefully studied for an explanation).

L.A.’s First Jewish Mayor Celebrates Chanukah

On Tuesday, Yud Daled Kislev, a memorable celebration in preparation for Chanukah took place at Los Angeles City hall, the seat of power of the second largest city in the United States. In attendance was the head Shliach of the West Coast, Rabbi Boruch S. Cunin, the Shliach to Downtown Los Angeles, Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, the first Jewish mayor of the city, Eric Garcetti, and many other city officials and dignitaries.

Muslim Woman Arrested for Lying About Subway Attack

Yasmin Seweid, an 18-year-old Baruch College student, was arrested and charged with filing a false police report after initially claiming that she was harassed and called a “terrorist” by three young men on the subway – who purportedly identified themselves as Donald Trump supporters.

Practical Tanya Sells Out in Less Than 24 Hours

The shelves have now been refilled after the first shipment of Rabbi Chaim Miller’s latest work, The Practical Tanya, sold out in less than 24 hours over the Kinnus Hashluchim weekend. The book has generated considerable excitement both in Chabad and beyond, being the first new English translation of the Tanya in decades.

Here’s My Story: Chain Reactions

Rabbi Yossi Groner, together with his wife Mariashi, have been the Rebbe’s emissaries in Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1980. He is the son of Rabbi Leibel Groner, who served as the Rebbe’s secretary for over 40 years. He was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in May of 2013.