New Chumash with Rebbe’s Pirushim discussed @ 2-hour-long meeting in 788 E.P.

On Wednesday afternoon a 2-hour-long meeting took place in the conference room of 788 Eastern Parkway to discuss the launch of a brand new project by Kehos.

The project, is a new Chumash with the Rebbe’s Pirushim in Loshon Kodesh.

With today’s important meeting, the hope is that very soon work will begin.

Participants @ the meeting included Rabbis: Yoel Kahan, Yehuda Krinsky, Yossi Friedman, Leibel Altein, Yaakov Moshe Wolberg, Chaim Shaul Brook, Dovid Feldman, Aron Leib Raskin, Ari Chitrik, Berel Levin, Yitzchok Wilhelm, Eli Matusof, Dovid Olidort, Yirmy Berkowitz, Gavriel Schapiro, Yisroel Shimon Kalmanson and Ari Sollish. Participating via conference call were Rabbis Leibel Schapiro and Mendel Kaplan.

Thursday, the 3rd of Iyar marks 12 years since the passing of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Isaac Hodakov.


Rabbi Hodakov served as Menahel of “Machne Yisroel”, “Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch”, Chief secretary of the Rebbe, and was the “Yoshev Rosh” of “Agudas Chassidei Chabad Ha’Olomis”.

May his Neshama have an aliya. Vehukeetzu veranenu shochnay ufur vehu besochom!

SLICE OF SLICE from the Lchaim 8 Sivan 5753

On Friday evening, the 3rd of Iyar (April 23), Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Isaac Hodakov, passed away

Rabbi Groner Farbreings on Beis Iyar


A few dozen women of Crown Heights participated in a farbreingen arranged by Mrs. Chani Farkash in her home. Rabbi Yehudah Leib Groner – the Rebbe’s secretary, farbreinged with the women after an introduction by Rabbi Yehudah Rubin – Beis Chabad director of Alon Moreh, who updated the women regarding the struggle against the disengagement plan.

Rabbi Groner stressed the role of women as the ‘Akeres Habayis’ (main constructive force in the home), and her role at designing and maintaining the Jewish home. Rabbi Groner integrated his speech with stories from the Rebbe’s sichos etc. Crown Heights’ women anticipate a future follow up of similar sessions dealing with the role of the Chassidic women in their homes.

Crown Heights’ Burglar – Caught

The arrest of the serial burglar in Crown Heights brought a feeling of relief to both Institutes and Businesses in the area. The burglar, a former resident of Crown Heights, knew how to target good timings for his actions, and chose, for example, the Seder night to empty out valuable contents of drawers in offices he was acquainted with.

Upon consultation with the neighborhood Rabbi – Rabbi Osdoba, a group of people who were robbed, filed a complaint with the police. This Wednesday night, the ‘ganov’ was caught red handed in one of Crown Heights’ yeshivas, as he was attempting to steal from the Director’s office. Police investigators are currently working on finding the hiding place of all the stolen objects.

Bush Tells Chabad Chasidim: I Listen to Chassidic Music

In the recent edition of the Israeli Music magazine Shiru Lo, there is a report that the Music supplement of the N.Y. Times reviewed Moshe Gutman’s new album. Gutman, from N.Y., has close ties with the U.S. Attorney General, recently presented him with a copy of his new album and in turn presented it to President George Bush.

The story became known, writes Shiru Lo, when a Lubavitcher chasidim met with President Bush during Pesach and suddenly the President turned on his stero player and one could hear Koznitz nigunim. Bush said “I listen to this eventhough I don’t know what the words mean.”

Hatzalah Of Crown Heights Need’s You

Hatzalah is appealing to each and every member of the community and elsewhere to participate in our most important fundraising event of the year, our ANNUAL RAFFLE which will take place on 8 Sivan – June 15th 2005 IY”H.


Tickets may be purchased online @ www.Hatzalah.CH (all major credit cards accepted)

We urge you to support this effort, in order to enable us to maintain the highest level of care for our community.

Drawing will take place @ Lubavitch Yeshiva – Crown Street @ 8:00 p.m. (winner need not be present to win).

Family Members of the Satmer Rebbe Daven in Chabad

The Satmer Rebbe’s daughter in law from Borough Park was injured in a car accident and hospitalized in the Kings County hospital in Crown Heights. Due to past friction between Satmer and Chabad communities including cases of violence towards Chabadniks, the arrival of family members of the Satmer Rebbe to daven in the ‘Beis Binyomin’ shul on Montgomery Street may mark a new period of conciliation between the two communities.

Also, the “Ahavas Chessed” fund, headed by Reb Avrohom Lieder, was made available to the Satmer family and they were honored with an Aliya in the shul by Rabbi Lime Minkowits. COL was further informed that Rabbi Sholom Eliezer Teitelbaum delivered Torah thoughts on the Parsha based on the Rebbe’s Sichos.

Breaking news: Eleventh-Hour Anonymous Gift Saves Union Street Mikveh

by Yitzchok Wagshul

An anonymous donor has come forward at the eleventh-hour and saved the neighborhood’s most heavily-used mikveh, the Chronicle learned this morning. The mikveh on the corner of Union Street and Kingston Avenue, used by nearly a thousand people daily, was slated to close Sunday due to lack of funds.
For many years the mikveh was maintained at the expense of the late senior chossid and philanthropist, Rabbi Schneur Zalman Gurary, o.b.m., who owned the building in which it is housed. After Rabbi Gurary’s passing in September, 2003, his heirs eventually put the building up for sale. Protracted negotiations with Congregation Lubavitch, Inc., which sought to purchase the property as part of a plan to expand 770, have so far been unavailing, reportedly because the asking price is too high.
In the meanwhile, the Gurary family had permitted the mikveh to remain open, but around a half year ago announced that it would be closed due to prohibitive expense. The mikveh actually did close for a brief period after the High Holiday season, but was reopened when the Vaad HaKahal struck a deal with the heirs to cover the mikveh’s costs. According to sources familiar with the arrangement, the Vaad agreed to pay the family $8,500. per month to rent the facility; in addition, ongoing expenses included $2,000. monthly for a team of four bochurim to operate and maintain the mikveh (which is open from 5:30 a.m. to 12 noon every day), plus another $1,000.-$1,200. a month for water, soap, and other supplies.
After paying almost $12,000. a month from then until now, the Vaad HaKahal found itself falling behind with the rent payments, owing to the fact that not enough was being raised to cover the full amount. “A shul that operates a mikveh has some room to juggle in paying for its upkeep,” said a Vaad HaKahal member. “They have kiddushim, sell aliyos, and otherwise get donations, and these things help pay for their mikveh. We don’t have that advantage, and it’s impossible to lay out this kind of money if it doesn’t come in from somewhere.”
Yesterday, at the end of its financial rope, the Vaad posted a sign on the mikveh announcing the facility would close this coming Sunday, Erev Rosh Chodesh Iyar. The Gurary heirs would then have a better chance of selling the building, as buyers have reportedly been reluctant to purchase a property containing an operative mikveh.
However, early this morning, a person approached Moshe Rubashkin, Chairman of the Vaad HaKahal, and handed him an envelope. The donation, he said, was for the mikveh and was in memory of his father, although he preferred to remain anonymous. According to Mr. Rubashkin, the money was enough to keep the mikveh from closing for now.
“We have such a beautiful community here in Crown Heights,” he told the Chronicle. “There are so many programs and benefits, like the Union Street mikveh, that we as a community try to provide, and there are many more that we’d like to provide. Everyone understands that the Vaad HaKahal can’t do all this alone; we’re just volunteers trying our best to act on behalf of all Crown Heights residents. More people, like this wonderful gentleman who helped with the mikveh, should step up to the plate and get involved, so we can continue whatever we’re doing and build up to doing much more.”
Mr. Rubashkin added that donations are still needed to ensure the mikveh’s continued availability. “Community benefits always cost money,” he noted. “When Rabbi Gurary a.h. was alive, he generously built and took care of this central mikveh himself. You don’t get government grants for something like that; it’s a private thing. Now that he’s no longer here, that money has to be replaced by other benefactors of Crown Heights.”
Contributions to help maintain the Union Street mikveh can be made by contacting Moshe Rubashkin in person or in care of the Jewish Community Council. The number is (718) 771-9000.

Community Council: “We are Unable to Uphold the Mikveh”

The Jewish Community Council of Crown Heights publicized a letter saying that they are unable to uphold the Mikveh on the corner of Union and Albany any longer; therefore, the Mikveh will be shut down again. The Mikveh, which caters to nearly a thousand people per day, was shut down a half a year ago and was only reopened after the intervention of several prominent council members. Now that the elections are over, the Mikveh is shutting down again.

After speaking to the community council this afternoon we were told “the mikvah costs us $12,500 a month and we are only raising on average $5,000 a month we haven’t got enough funds to be able to keep the service going, unless the community contributes so the only thing to do at this stage is to close the mikvah, we are extremely sorry for all the inconvenience”.


Bringing the Struggle to Crown Heights

In the past few days, protest banners against Sharon’s disengagement plan have been seen around Crown Heights. Local residents have been showing solidarity, and the protest has been stepped up since haTomim Yehonasan Rubin, who organizes Chabad activities at the Council of Jewish Communities in Yehuda, Shomron and Gaza, arrived in New York.

A Chabadinfo photographer took to the streets of the neighborhood, where he took a gallery of pictures.

Yehonasan told us that he would like to thank the bochurim who hung up the banners around the neighborhood. There has been a positive response from local residents, who have expressed their concern and a willingness to help.

New Shluchim to Prospect Heights


Rabbi Aharon Yosef Kirshenbaum from Crown Heights will be leaving to Prospect Heights for shlichus to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y. These new shluchim, sent by Tsach, will establish a Chabad House there to serve the local Jews.

The ‘Pesach Saga’ in Nepal

Osher Litzman – COL.ORG.IL

Despite all grave news reports regarding the overturned crate filled with expected holiday provisions, and the inevitable results of a low grade Seder in Nepal, Pesach was celebrated in Katmandu with all pomp and festivity. The hundreds of backpackers arriving at Beis Chabad enjoyed an array of activities including Kinusei Torah by the shliach, Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz, joyful Chassidic dances accompanied by Beis Chabad’s orchestra on Beis Chabad’s events grounds.

The products, which arrived too late from the container, were exploited to establish a mini kosher-for-Pesach supermarket that ensured many of the backpackers a kosher–for-Pesach vacation on the Himalaya Mountains. Aside of this, the Beis Chabad’s restaurant provided excellent Pesach meals throughout Chol Hamoed.

More Photos in the extended article.

Seudas Moshiach in 770

Rabbi Binyomin Klein, Secratery of the Rebbe

The widely attended Seudas Moshiach in the central 770 in New York was addressed by Mashpiim and Rabbonim, featuring inspiring niggunim of the Rebbeim and continued till after Yom Tov.

See picture gallery in ‘Extended Article.

Chabadniks Swarm New York Streets

Thousands of Anash and temimim of Crown Heights started out of 770 for the ‘Tahalucha’s on the last day of Pesach in order to bring the message and joy of the holiday via the Seudos Moshiach to shuls throughout the city. The procession spread out in various directions to shuls in Borough Park, Flatbush, Canarsie, Seagate, Howard Beach, and the East Side.