Weekly Letter: Acceptance of Mitzvos on Faith

In keeping with the concept of chukas – the mitzvos which have no discernible reason, and the acceptance of all mitzvos on the same basis – we present a letter in which the Rebbe answers to one questioning the acceptance of mitzvos on faith – doing things which the rational mind finds difficult and which limit one’s independent thinking.

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Weekly Letter: The Entire Congregation Are All Holy

In keeping with these parshi’os, which deal with the tribe of Levy – the kohanim and levi’im – their count and their service in the mishkan, we present a letter of the Rebbe on the subject of “an hereditary aristocracy in the persons of Kohanim and Leviim”. Although Judaism recognizes a distinction of hereditary classes – at the same time – the essential spirit of Judaism rests on the view that “the entire congregation are all holy.” The Rebbe explains and reconciles the seeming inconsistency of these two ideas.

Weekly Letter: Resurgence of Nazism

This week we present a multi-layered letter dealing with a number of topics – including: protestation against G-d as proof of belief in Him, why prayer and the case of “Acher” . But it is the topic of the resurgence of Nazism that is of particular interest – as the topic of renewed antisemitism today is again making headlines.

Weekly Letter: The Importance of The Premise

In preparation for Shavuos, the Festival of the Giving of the Torah we share a scholarly letter in which the Rebbe comments on an article that discusses The Philosophy of Judaism.  In the letter the Rebbe emphasizes the importance of first ascertaining the premise upon which a discussion is based, so that the discussion can use the methods applicable to that premise: What is the premise? 1. accept Divine Revelation on Mt. Sinai or 2. not accept Divine Revelation as a fact, thus implying that our religion is based on man’s intelligence.

Weekly Letter: The Rebbe’s Campaign for “A Moment of Silence”

In light of the recent renewed interest in the Rebbe’s campaign for “a moment of silence” in the Public Schools – we share a letter about the subject. The Rebbe had often spoken and written about this vital topic, within the general framework of education – so as to inculcate children with a sense of respect for a Higher Authority thereby cultivating good traits and behavior- and ultimately avoiding delinquency and lawlessness.

Weekly Letter: The Month of Iyar, The Month of Healing

In the spirit of the month of Iyar, traditionally known as the “Month of Healing”, we present a letter of the Rebbe in which he gives encouraging advice to a sculptor about caring for one’s health – in light of the parsha and the teachings of the RAMBAM. Also a letter in which the Rebbe explains the meaning of the Torah giving a doctor the competence to heal (rappo ye’rappeh).

Special Edition: Remembering Herman Wouk and His Good Deeds

In this special edition of letters from the Rebbe, we present a series of letters between the Rebbe, and Author Herman Wouk who just passed away. May these letters we are publicizing, be a merit for his soul and bring comfort to his family during the week of shiva. The letters reflect Herman Wouk’s generous and compassionate character and good deeds – especially in the area of chinuch and education.

Weekly Letter: The Very Essence of a Jew

This week, we present a letter from the Rebbe in regards to the weeks of s’fira, when we remember Rabbi Akiva and his students and his famous teaching of a Jew being intrinsically connected to Torah, as a fish is to water. In the letter, the Rebbe discusses this very essence of a Jew.

Weekly Letter: Loshoh Hora, a Negative Experience

In connection with the topic of tzora’as in this week’s parsha, one of the causes of which Chazal attribute to the speaking of loshon hora/slander, we present a letter of the Rebbe where he refers to loshoh hora in the context of a negative experience the correspondent refers to in his letter to the Rebbe.

Weekly Letter: Our Customs for a Birthday

With the Rebbetzen’ s and the Rebbe’s birthdays being celebrated during these couple of weeks – we share a letter where the Rebbe explains our customs for a birthday. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Space Travel and Exploration

With the renewed interest in space travel and the successful launching recently by Israel of the lunar space craft, we share a letter of the Rebbe regarding space travel. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Weekly Letter: Chinuch by Example

In the month of Adar Beis – we share a very instructive letter of the Rebbe to a woman who is partnering with her husband in their chinuch activities. In it, the Rebbe gives guidelines and advice about effective education […]

Weekly Letter: “G-d is all” and “All is G-d”

In connection with the parsha – where Moshe pleads for forgiveness after the sin of the golden calf and asks Hashem to reveal His ways – we share a letter of the Rebbe in which he explains two ways to arrive at the understanding and service of G-d: “G-d is all” and “All is G-d.” This eye-opening letter explains briefly yet clearly a basic teaching of chasidus – the making of an abode for G-d in this lowest physical world.