Shabbos at the Besht: Intellectual Property

This Shabbos at the Besht: Rabbi Yacov Barber for many years was a Shliach in Melbourne Australia. He was a Dayan on the Melbourne Bes Din. He is currently residing in Crown Heights and is a Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, and Advocate in Beis Din Proceedings. This week he will give a lecture on Intellectual Property: Who owns the recordings and pictures of the Rebbe?

Weekly Story: From Mourning to Rejoicing

Being that I am still in midst of Shiva for my sister Chaya Rivkah bas HaRav Meir, I wasn’t going to write something new, so therefore this week was going to be blank. Then as many people contacted the family because of last week’s story, I decided to post a story from my collection of my father’s stories.

Shazak Parsha Post – Parshas Shemini

TEMPLE TRAGEDY!, Expert Educator Demonstrates Kosher, Alert: Pig Prankster on the Loose, and ads. Shazak has released a special edition of their weekly Parsha Post for Parshas Shemini and has made it available for all here on

Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Halina Friedman

Halina Friedman was born in Lodz, Poland in 1933, the only child of her parents Wolf and Anna Herling, who were prosperous merchants. Anna spoke fluent German, had an “Aryan” appearance, and was a practical and resourceful woman – which would help her save Halina and other family members during the Holocaust.

Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Zehava Gealel

Zehava Gealel was born in 1935 in The Hague, the Netherlands, the middle of Jocheved and Zeev Stahl’s three children. The family owned a kosher dairy products store. In 1942, two years after the conquest of the Netherlands, when Dutch police accompanied by Germans arrived to take the family members into custody before internment in the Netherlands pending deportation, Zeev claimed that all his children had a contagious disease.

Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Shmuel Naar

Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Shmuel Naar was born in 1924 in Thessaloniki, Greece, to a family of 11 people. His father Shlomo was a journalist for local Jewish newspapers. Shmuel attended the Jewish school in Thessaloniki, and later the Alliance High School, but he did not get to complete his studies there. In the spring of 1941, the Germans occupied Thessaloniki and persecution against Jews began.