Leshono Tova Tikosaivu V’Tichosemu!

As we are all making our final preparations to usher in the new year, we – the staff at CrownHeights.info – would like to wish our loyal readers, fans, contributors and tipsters a happy and healthy sweet new year, K’siva Vachasima Tova, Leshono Tova Tikosaivu V’Tichosemu and a Gut Gebentched Yohr.

Stories that Made Headlines in 5777

With the year 5777 coming to close, we take a look back at some of the most popular and engaging stories of the past year – from the stories that inspired us to those that unfortunately saddened us. We also take a look at some interesting Mazal Tov and social media statistics.

Weekly Story: Why Tehillim?

The Tzemach Tzedek’s fifth son, Harav Yisroel Noach (known as the Maharin), who later on became Rebbe in Niezhin, once asked his father, the Rebbe, “Why do we say tehillim [throughout the year], and not any other sefer? Aren’t there appropriate pesukim, of tefillos (prayers) and supplications in the other twenty-three kisvei kodesh, that relate to these situations? So why don’t we ever say those pesukim?

Weekly Letter: True Meaning of Teshuvah

This Week, as we prepare to enter the Ten Days of Repentance, we present a letter from the Rebbe with some encouraging words about teshuvah. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Picture of Day: French President Wishes ‘Shana Tova’

The President of France, Emanuel Macron, delivered a message for the French community living in New York. After his speech, the president spoke for a couple of minutes with Rabbi Mikhael Cohen, director of the French Jewish Community Center of New York, wishing him in Hebrew “Shana Tova” and to transmit the message to the Jewish community.

Reminder: Don’t Forget to Make an Eruv Tavshilin

It is forbidden on a holiday to do any act in preparation for the following day, even if the following day is Shabbat. However, the sages created a halachic device, called an eruv tavshilin, which allows one to cook food on a holiday day for use on a Shabbat that immediately follows it.

Mesivta Students Glimpse Rebeiim’s Shofars

The Bochurim of Oholei Torah Mesivta were tested on the laws of blowing Shofar by Rabbi Moshe Klein, who brought with him five shofars belonging to the Rebbe Maharash, the Friedikeh Rebbe, Reb Levi Yitzchok –  the Rebbe’s father – and two shofars that belonged to the Rebbe for them to see.