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Weekly Letter: The Significance of Eight

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Shmini, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a supporter of the Rebbe’s “Wild Project” in Eretz Yisrael – a project that goes above and beyond the regular and the usual – in which the Rebbe goes into detail about the special significance of “eight” and its transcendent quality. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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