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Weekly Letter: In Defense of Public Menorah Lightings

This week, as we approach Chanukah, we present a letter from the Rebbe on the issue of the Public Menorah Lighting campaign of Chabad — to a community leader who expressed objections to this public display of a Jewish practice. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Weekly Letter: Chabad and Politics

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a well-known public figure regarding Chabad efforts in the political sphere (in Washington D.C.), with basic guidelines about public relations, intervention/shtadlonus and dealing with people of influence. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Weekly Letter: To the Editor of the J.C.

This week, we present a sharply-worded letter to the editor of the Jewish Chronicle (in the UK) – written in 1968 by the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel – protesting an article in the JC in which the author had written disparagingly about our forefathers, Rivkah and Yaakov, within the context of the narrative described in Parshas Toldos.

Weekly Letter: The Role of a Jewish Woman

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Chayei Sarah, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he underlines the highest goal of a Jewish woman, that of akeres ha’bayis,  and discusses this in light of contemporary thinking. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Withstanding the Tests

This Week, as we read in the Parsha about some of the ten tests of Avraham, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a person experiencing great challenges. The Rebbe’s encouraging message refers to Avraham our patriarch, and the great challenges he faced and tests he withstood. He did so with bitachon and with joy and gladness – for which he was richly rewarded. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: We Have It in Us

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he encourages the recipient to adhere to the true and tested path of Torah and mitzvos – without having to investigate the worthiness of doing so. Making changes in life is not easy – but we are up to the task, just as our father Avraham, in our parsha,  was able to break away from his environment and accustomed way of living in order to attain the “Promised Land.” The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Spreading the 7 Noahide Laws

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Noach, we present a letter from the Rebbe explaining the neccecity of — and encouraging the promotion of — the Seven Noahide Commandments. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Reconciling Torah with Evolution

This week, as we prepare to read in the Torah Parshas Bereishis, we present a letter from the Rebbe in answer to someone who presented a novel analysis of the Genesis recording in the Torah — whereby he attempts to reinterpret the Creation account of the Torah so that it can be “reconciled” with the changing theories offered by scientists. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: The Four Kingdoms

As we complete the yearly cycle of the Torah readings and prepare to begin anew from the beginning, we present a unique piece — a question presented by a participant in a weekly Torah class in Manhattan by a group of intellectuals in the mid-1940s, in which Rabbi Dr. Nissan Mindel was asked by the Frierdiker Rebbe to participate, which the Rebbe, then known as the Ramash, answered in writing.

Weekly Letter: Predestination Vs. Free Will

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he explains the idea of predestination and free will, and how they are compatible with each other — a concept relevant at this time of judgement when Hashem writes and seals our destiny for the year. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Our Education Obligations

This week, as we begin the new school year, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he reminds us all of the obligations which both the  schools and  the parents have in the education of our children. A unique and powerful message woven through the well-known story of Hillel the Elder and hismesiras nefesh for Torah learning. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: A Mezuzah Is Like a Helmet

During the month of Elul, when it is customary for Jews to check their mezuzos and tefillin, we share a letter in which the Rebbe answers a person questioning the Rebbe’s  emphasis in the mezuzah campaign, in which he explains that a mezuzah is like a helmet.  A powerful lesson for all, especially for educators. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: An Illegitimate Child?

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in response to someone who questioned the seeming cruelty of the Torah laws pertaining to illegitimate children. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Greetings to the King of Spain

This week, as we begin the month of Elul, we present a letter of greeting from the Rebbe to the king of Spain. In it, the Rebbe points out the significance of the month of Elul, a time when the King of Kings goes out into the field, and a time of preparation for the Day of Judgment for Jews and for all mankind. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: A Healthy Diet

This week we read in Parshas Re’eh the laws of a kosher food. The importance of a proper diet for the general state of health and emotional life is well known and established. How much more so, says the Rebbe,  the dietary laws given by the Creator, Essence of Perfection – for our physical, mental and spiritual health. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Coming to Terms with Loss

This week, as we read in the Haftara ‘Nachamu’ following Tisha B’av, we present a letter from the Rebbe on bereavement and how to accept G-d’s judgment. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Slim Prospects for Peace

This week, during the Nine Days and also at a time of increased tension in Eretz Yisroel, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he discusses the idea of remedying the ills that brought about the tragedy of Tisha B’Av, as well as helping our brethren in the Holy Land. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Sharing Our Torah

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in answer to those who question the way of Chabad – to sacrifice some of our own advancement and growth in the study of Torah for the sake of our fellow Jew, to bring him closer to Yiddishkeit. During the Three Weeks, when we reinforce our ahavas Yisroel, the lesson contained in this letter is particularly timely. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.