Entries in #1011 (10)
One of the fascinating aspects of the Mitzva of Hakhel - which does not get much attention - is the fact that this Mitzva was the last Mitzva to be given over explicitly (as opposed to the mitzva of writing a Seifer Torah which is only alluded to in the p’sukim) to the Jewish people by Moshe Rabbeinu. As a matter of fact, it was given to the Jewish people on the day of the passing of Moshe.
In the center of the Gan HaTanach in Ariel, near the Eshel HaShomron Hotel, on a mountain which overlooks the grave of Yehoshua Bin Nun in Timnath Cheres, is a huge model of the Mishkan.* The only model of its kind in the world was constructed over a period of four years by craftsmen and experts, guided by Rabbi Menachem Makover. * In honor of the Shabbasos in which we read about the construction of the Mishkan, we spoke with Tuvia Gelbard, the man behind the project, and with R’ Makover, about what made them undertake this ambitious project, about the difficulties in executing it, and about the feedback.
In the earlier parsha of Truma, G-d gave Moshe instructions concerning the contributions for and the construction of the Mishkan. In this week’s parsha, Moshe gathered the Jewish people and gave them those instructions. But before doing so he instructed them concerning the Shabbos
One day, I met someone from Crown Heights who told me that one of his children is a “Reform Chassid.” I asked him what he meant by this and he explained that although his son went off the derech he refuses to forego the experience of being with the Rebbe on Simchas Torah and Rosh HaShana. He ignores his business affairs on those days just to go to 770
Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, one of the preeminent rabbanim in Eretz Yisroel, was an extraordinary Torah personality. He was a superlative writer and speaker. * A profile about a Chassidic rav who sacrificed for Judaism in Russia, and was later one of the great rabbinic personalities in Eretz Yisroel.
How do you bridge the gap between the high levels and deep concepts being taught and the personal life of your audience? How are the concepts of tzaddik, beinoni, rasha found within each one of us? How do you title the class for marketing purposes? * Principles, advice and examples to promote Mivtza Hakhel when giving shiurim in Chassidus to the “outside”
When Feivel entered the Baal Shem Tov’s room, the tzaddik asked him whether he needed a blessing for anything. Feivel demurred, saying, “I have everything I need; I came just to meet his honor.”
Chana Cohen and her husband, from Ashkelon, made a trip to the Rebbe. Although, unfortunately, we cannot currently see the Rebbe, they knew and felt that the Rebbe has not abandoned us and even today, he waits for us to come to 770.