After the receiving of the Torah, as we now go into the mitzvos, we share a letter in which the Rebbe answers one with questions and doubts about the Torah and mitzvos. Using the scientific method in his explanation, the Rebbe discusses why Jews have 613 and non-Jews have 7 mitzvos and how we can be sure of the authenticity of Torah.
Letter and Spirit
In this weeks letter from the Rebbe, the week of mattan Torah – the giving of the Torah, during which we declared “”Naaseh v’Nishma,” the Rebbe explains – clearly and in detail – why the order of this declaration is vital. Why the necessity of “we will do” before “we will understand.”
The Jewish people are referred to as the tzivos Hashem – “G-d’s Hosts” who were liberated from Egytian bondage. In this connection we share a letter in which the Rebbe explains the idea behind the establishment of the now–famous “Tzivos Hashem” Jewish children’s organization.
In honor of Yud Shvat, a brief selection from the Frierdiker Rebbe’s notes from his young years are being published, describing his difficulty with Hebrew grammar and his father’s amazing way of helping him understand. The following memoir is from the Mindel Archives.
During our bitter slavery in Egypt, Moshe asks of Hashem “Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper?” In this week’s letter the Rebbe addresses precisely this question – in answer to one undergoing suffering.
Living in the foreign culture of the Mitzrayim of today – being overwhelmed with the raging waters of the Nile and its secular environment – we present a letter where the Rebbe addresses the question of “Kindness of nations is sin.” Explaining it as it relates to Jews of today being fooled into exposing their children and daughters to a chinuch devoid of Jewish spirit and pride.
In the week when we read of the beginning of our enslavement in Egypt, we present a letter about the importance of a Jewish name. One of the merits the Jews had, making them worthy of being delivered from golus Mitzrayim, was that they did not change their Hebrew name. Not only did they preserve their Jewish identity, but they also proclaimed it proudly.
In the week when we read about the blessings of Yaakov to his 12 children before his passing, his parting words being by way of a last will, we present a letter of the Rebbe in which he mentions some points about a Jewish will.
As Yaakov and his family are now moving to Mitzrayim, devoid of anything Jewish, Yehudah is sent to prepare the proper Torah environment for the family. This has been the Jewish custom ever since – to ensure that our place of residence should be conducive to Torah living. The Rebbe’s letter this week is in answer to one who is asking about accepting a position in a city where there is no organized orthodox community and the education of the children would be a challenge.
This week, we present an encouraging letter to a mazkirah in a yeshivah in the Old City, with a message from the increasing lights of Chanukah and the total of seven days of hiddur.
In this weeks letter, the Rebbe shares a timely message about Chanukah, with a timeless application for all places and situations in our personal lives and in our Jewish history.
From this week’s parsha we learn from Yaakov our father how to interact with Esav. When Jews need to confront non-Jews and advocate for Jews and Jewish causes – they should study well the encounter of Yaakov and Esev This week’s letter is in answer to a non-Jew who asks the Rebbe why it is that Jews fear non-Jews.
In this weeks letter, the Rebbe briefly points out the source of guidance and inspiration that we, the children of Yaakov, draw from in our every day lives, from the experiences of our father in these parshios of Vayetze and Vayishlach.
This weeks letter is a summary of an exchange of letters – which Rabbi Mindel had in the early 1960’s with a team of reform “scholars” who translated the Bible to English. He took particular issue with their gross mis-translation and false implications of the verses referring to the selling of the birthright by Esav to Yaakov.
In honor of the Kinus Ha’shluchim this week – We share a letter of the Rebbe, acknowledging the good wishes to him on the occasion of his birthday and stating that these good wishes are a tribute to the entire Lubavitch movement. The Rebbe then explains the “secret” behind the hatzlocho which Chabad enjoys in their world wide activities with all Jews.
In this weeks letter the Rebbe explains why we get challenges, from the simple answer, to the deeper explanation.
These parshios are about Avraham Avinu, the father of the Jewish people and a very unique individual, of whom it is said “Echad haya Avraham,” Avraham was one. He was indeed just one person, yet was able to change the world. The Rebbe’s letter this week discusses exactly this point: the uniqueness of man and and the great power which just one person has to affect and change the world.
In connection with Parshas Noach – we share a letter which the Rebbe writes to a non-Jew who is asking “how does Gentile make peace with G-d?” In it the Rebbe explains how one can live a life of fulfillment through the adherence to the Seven Laws given by G-d to the children of Noach.
The first parsha in the Torah – Bereishis – describes the creation of the world and everything within and without it and lays the foundation for the purpose of creation: MAN. In this week’s letter the Rebbe clearly and simply explains what this purpose is, what it is that man was created to do, thereby fulfilling the purpose and destiny of the entire creation.
During the joyous days of Succos we share a letter of the Rebbe in which he addresses the question of how to attain a higher lever of joy.
In the letter we share in preparation for Succos, the Rebbe explains why it is the custom in Chabad not to decorate the Succah nor sleep in it.
During the Ten Days of Repentance – we approach the day of Yom Kippur with awe and trepidation. As we experience feelings of remorse – it would be good to keep in mind the words of the Rebbe in this letter – where he explains the difference between feelings of merrirus (bitterness) and atzvus (depressions) – as the Tanya teaches. And points out that teshuvah is followed by a feeling of relief and joy – expressed in the “Season of our Rejoicing.”