Weekly Letter: The Relevance of the Mishkan

In these parshios that summarize and enumerate the vessels of the Mishkan and their assembling by Moshe (Shabbos chazak) – we share a letter where the Rebbe brings a teaching of the Frierdiker Rebbe who explains the relevance of the mishkan to each of us in our every day lives.

Weekly Letter: DO We Need to Reform Judaism in Order to Ensure Jewish Survival?

In connection with this week’s parsha – of the first “reformers” of Judaism – those who served the golden calf and of the current events in Eretz Yisrael where reformers have instituted a law to accept conservative and reform conversions – we present a letter in which the Rebbe addresses the question of the need to reform Judaism in order to ensure Jewish survival, the betterment of mankind and the keeping up with the times.

Weekly Letter: To Wipe Out The Entire Nation of Amalek

In connection with the special Torah portion – Zachor – which we read this Shabbos before Purim and which we all have the obligation to hear, we present a letter in which the Rebbe answers the question: “How can a human civilized person today accept the Biblical commandment to wipe out the entire nation of Amalek, including infants, etc.?”

Weekly Letter: The Significance of a Jewish Name

In the merit of retaining our Jewish names, clothing and language during the years of our slavery in Mitzrayim, we were worthy to be redeemed. In this letter, the Rebbe addresses the question of changing one’s surname and the significance of a Jewish name.

Weekly Letter: Why the Wicked Prosper and the Righteous Suffer

As we read in this week’s parsha about the start of our enslavement in Mitzrayim – we share a letter in which the Rebbe deals with the question of tragedies and suffering which we have endured during our long history. Both Moshe Rabbeinu and the prophet Yirmiyahu had asked the time-honored question of why the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer.

Weekly Letter: An Authentic View of Jewish History

With the beginning of the second chumash, Sh’mos, begins the history of the Jewish People. In this letter, the Rebbe advises an author on his project to write a book on Jewish history. So that this book reflects an authentic view of Jewish history, says the Rebbe, it should emphasize the Divine Providence throughout our history as well as its uniqueness. In addition, the Rebbe cautions not to draw from “broken vessels” and to avoid the predictions of the prophets of doom.

Weekly Letter: Preparing a Jewish Will

As we read this week about the final, good years of Yaakov’s life in Mitzrayim and the blessings he gives his children before his passing – we share a letter of the Rebbe in which he gives suggestions in regard to preparing a Jewish will. With some basic and interesting points to make it a truly Jewish document.

Weekly Letter: Where Should A Jewish Family Settle

Now that Yaakov Avinu goes down to MItzrayim to be reunited with Yosef, he is preparing the ground for his family’s move. He sends Yehudah ahead of the others to establish a yeshivah. This week’s letter is the advice the Rebbe gives to an orthodox Jew on where he should settle with his family.

Weekly Letter: To Redeem Books and Manuscripts of the Schneerson Library

In connection with the forthcoming “yom tov of the s’forim”/Hey Teves, we share a fascinating letter in which the Rebbe thanks a devoted friend who volunteered his services, with success, and exerted great efforts to redeem some of the books and manuscripts of the Schneerson Library. Many of them were pillaged during World War Two and some, like the ones discussed in this letter, found their way to the Holy Land after the war. In the letter the Rebbe uses Chassidic concepts to explain the truly great significance of his noble mission to “redeem the captive” books and manuscripts.

Weekly Letter: The Eternal Message of Chanukah

As we celebrate Chanukah, we share a letter the Rebbe addresses to the participants of a Chassidic Concert honoring Jews who were liberated from religious oppression in a repressive regime – in which he points to the eternal message of Chanukah and the reliving of the miracles in our days.