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Weekly Letter: Hereditary Classes in Judaism?

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Emor El Hakohanim, we present a letter from the Rebbe dealing with the question of hereditary classes in Judaism, such as the aristocracy of Kohanim and Levyim, which seem to not be consistent “with the otherwise democratic orientation of Judaism.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Great Parade Street Closures, Parking and Map

Parade organizers have asked Crown Heights residents not to park on Kingston Ave. between President and Eastern Parkway as well as in the Eastern Parkway service lanes over Shabbos. Preparations for the Parade will begin immediately after Shabbos, and cars parked there will cause delays and will have to be towed.

170 Friendship Circle Volunteers Appreciated

170 girls and their proud mothers came together at the JCM last week to salute the work and dedication of the volunteers this past year. The guests were welcomed with a delicious Salad and Pasta bar, beautifully set up by Chani Greenbaum, and the opportunity to ‘celebrate friendship’ by sending a sweet postcard to a friend of their choice.

Today: Rally at the Ohel

Today, Thursday, 15 Iyar (May 11), there will be a rally at the Ohel for all children ages 5 to 12, featuring a special game, raffle, sandwiches and an amazing program. Buses will leave 770 at 5:00pm and return at 7:45pm. Transportation will cost $3. Each child will receive a Bow & Arrow in honor of Lag B’Omer!

Chabad Rabbi Pulls Endorsement from ‘Tahor’ App

Rabbi Fishel Jacobs, the sole Chabad Rabbi who lent his endorsement to the ‘Tahor’ App, designed to allow women to privately submit Bedikah inquiries via photo, has apparently rescinded his support, as his name was unceremoniously removed from the website’s ‘Our Rabbis’ section. This development comes after four prominent Chabad rabbis have come out publically against the app.