Laws and Customs: Tu B’Shvat

Rabbi Shmuel Lesches, Maggid Shiur in Yeshiva Gedola of Melbourne, Australia, has compiled a guide to the laws and customs of Tu B’Shvat for the benefit of the wider Lubavitch community.

Two Holocaust Miracles in Slovakia

Somewhere in northeastern Slovakia sits the village of Kurima; at least, that’s what it’s called. For centuries, Kurima was in the Austro-Hungarian Empire before finding itself a part of the newly birthed Czechoslovakia in 1918. At the dawn of World War II, it was in a part of the country sawed off by Hitler to create the puppet state of Slovakia, led by Roman Catholic priest-turned-dictator Jozef Tiso, who happily collaborated with his Nazi overlords. Then, in 1942, its Jews were shipped away and the place that was Kurima disappeared, leaving behind a very different village bearing the same name.

Moscow’s Tomchei Tmimim Hosts Shabbos Hiskashrus

In honor of the special day of Yud Shvat, which this year commemorates sixty eight years of our Rebbe’s leadership, a grand “Shabbos of Hiskashrus” took place in Moscow. It’s central focus was the students of all the Tomchei Tmimim Yeshivos of Moscow, and was also attended by members of Anash, shluchim, community members and many other guests.