Weekly Letter: Leadership and Kabbolas Ol

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the importance of accepting the yoke of Heaven – and in general the authority of our leaders – the lack of which leads to the spirit of ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, which the Rebbe addresses in this letter. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Once Again, Beis Rivkah Teachers Mull Strike

Once Again: The parents of students in Beth Rivkah elementary school today received an email from the principals notifying them that second term report cards will not be distributed since the teachers have not been paid in over a month.

Delivery Man Attacked, Robbed by ‘Customer’

An African-American teenager posing as a customer ordered food from a Crown Heights restaurant. When the delivery man arrived at the address given, he handed over the food and asked for payment. Instead of receiving money, he was brutally beaten and robbed. Part of the attack was caught on surveillance video.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes: Mrs. Hilda Witkes, 98, OBM

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Hilda Witkes, OBM, of Worcester, Massachusetts, a beloved member of the Lubavitch community in Worcester for over half a century, and matriarch of a large family of Chabad Chassidim and Shluchim all over the world. She was 98 years old.

Here’s My Story: True Merits

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gluckowsky is the Assistant Director of the Chabad Rabbinate in Israel and the director of the Chabad Rabbinate in Rechovot, where he has served as the Rebbe’s emissary for nearly 40 years. He was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in October of 2016.