Entries in #1022 (9)
The phenomenon is growing. Instead of renting a hall, hiring a photographer, and dancing with friends, the bar mitzva boy forgoes all that and travels with his father (or parents) to Beis Chayeinu where he has an aliya in the Rebbe’s minyan. * How does this work? What is involved? What do the bar mitzva boys have to say about this?
This Shabbos we will be reading the Torah portion of Behar. The word “Behar – on the mountain” refers to the giving of the Torah on Har Sinai. The first topic in the Parsha is the laws of Shmita. On the very first Pasuk (25:1), Rashi comments: “What [special relevance] does the subject of Shmita [the “release” of fields in the seventh year] have to Mount Sinai? Were not all the commandments stated at Sinai? However, [this teaches us that] just as the mitzva of Shmita and its general principles and its finer details were all stated at Sinai, likewise, all of them were stated – their general principles [together with] their finer details – at Sinai
The continuation of the life story of R’ Yerachmiel Benjaminson, a distinguished Chabad rabbi, who was one of the first to be mekushar to the Rebbe MH”M and did much to ensure that the Rebbe accept the Chabad leadership. * Part 2 of 2
Nowadays, it is much less prevalent to hit children as an educational tool. Why is hitting a bad idea in chinuch? What should be done when you want to instill fear or authority? * We spoke with R’ Yossi Goldstein, a teacher, a psycho-dramatist, group trainer and director of Merkaz Tipulim – Chabad
I had heard that he had a story to tell but had a difficult time getting in touch with R’ Moshe Stern, resident of Beit Rimon near the Golani junction in Tzfas. Although he is not listed in the official Chabad phone directory, he merited to have a long-standing connection with the Rebbe and was personally involved in a series of astounding miracles
The Torah generally does not raise questions about its own dictates. The Torah gives voice to G-d’s will. Our responses are not what the Torah is about. Yes, in several of the narratives, the Torah will describe the actions of the Jewish people; how they accepted, followed and submitted to the Divine will or, when they rejected it. But, the Torah never introduces a hypothetical challenge to G-d’s will.
As soon as Pesach is over, when the silver foil is removed from the counters and the Pesach dishes are put away, the shluchim get to work, planning for the big day of Lag B’Omer. And there is a lot of work to do: advertise, arrange a great program, order booklets, caps, signs, raise money, and more.