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Weekly Story: Your Blessing Is Still Helpful

Being that this Sunday is Beis Nissan, the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe Rashab, we present the following timely story about him, a story with which one can farbreng on.  This story was recently heard from Rabbi Shmuel Heber, who related it in the name of his father Reb Tzvi a”h and Reb Raphael Kahan a”h.

First Birthday Farbrengen Reproduced

Ashreinu has just released the farbrengen of 11 Nissan 1962, the Rebbe’s 60th birthday. The farbrengen was the first time after accepting Nesius the Rebbe held one for his birthday, and is full of rich sichos, two ma’amorim, and stirring niggunim.

Tiny Flinders Island, Tasmania, Hosts a Rabbi for the First Time

Located between mainland Australia and Tasmania, Flinders Island has a population of 700 (down to 300 in the winter), and less than a handful—four to be exact—are Jews. This week, they received the first rabbinic visit in the island’s history, from Rabbi Yochanan Gordon, who co-directs Chabad of Tasmania with his wife, Rochel.

Two New Centers Open in Japan in Time for Passover

Two new Chabad centers opened in Japan, just in time for Passover this year, bringing the total in the country up to four. Rabbi Shalom Duber and Rachel Vaisfiche moved to Takayama from Israel, and Rabbi Dovid and Chaya Mushka Posner with their toddler, Mendel, moved to Kyoto from the U.S. Both centers, like many others in Asia, will be dedicated to serving Japan’s Jewish travelers, mostly young Israeli backpackers.

Shabbos at the Besht: Manufacturing Passover Products

This Shabbos at the Besht: Rabbi Yitzchak Hanoka is the Tri-State Rabbinic Coordinator at OK Kosher Certification. Prior to his current position, Rabbi Hanoka worked as a mashgiach for various manufacturing facilities certified by the OK. He will be giving a lecture on the topic of Manufacturing Passover products, An insight into making products kosher for Pesach and what are the standards.