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Weekly Letter: The Significance of Eight

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Shmini, we present a letter from the Rebbe to a supporter of the Rebbe’s “Wild Project” in Eretz Yisrael – a project that goes above and beyond the regular and the usual – in which the Rebbe goes into detail about the special significance of “eight” and its transcendent quality. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

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Roundtables for Raising Kids with Special Needs

As your friends worry about their children’s teachers, after school clubs and social activities, parents of children with special needs have worries that extend way beyond these concerns. Constantly changing insurance policies, planning for the future, bills piling up for specialized toys and therapies; the list is endless.

16-Story Towers Face Public Scrutiny

The Crown Heights community can weigh in this week on a plan to change zoning rules to allow two new 16-story towers with 565 market-rate and affordable apartments — a project already facing opposition in a petition from an “anti-gentrification group.”

US-Russia Art Exchanges May Resume

Russia and the United States may soon restart exchanges of art exhibitions, which were suspended for many years over Moscow fears that items may be seized over Chabad’s claims to the ‘Schneerson Library’ being illegally held in Russia, if President Donald Trump signs an order guaranteeing the exhibits protection from seizure in the U.S.

OU Starts Own Chabad-on-Campus Style Program

The Orthodox Union has teamed up with Jewish campus group Hillel to begin an outreach program for Jewish college students in the mold of Chabad-on-Campus. The OU will dispatch married couples who will serve as rabbis and rebbetzins, co-directing the organization’s branches on campuses across the U.S.

Here’s My Story: Safe Skies

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Shine is a law professor who lectures at Shaarei Mishpat Academic Center and Netanya College. He is also a columnist for the Israel HaYom Newspaper. He was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in his home in Ra’anana, Israel, in January of 2014.