Entries in #1025 (8)
In his youth, he learned in a secular non-Jewish school in Baltimore, Maryland. After a visit to Eretz Yisroel, he returned to his roots, became a “servant” in the household of the Baba Sali, and a melamed of small children at the Talmud Torah in Netivot.
The parsha that we read immediately after the Holiday of Shavuos, the anniversary and the reenactment of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, is the longest parsha in the Torah. Likewise, the Midrashic material on this parsha is far more extensive than for any other parsha. Commentators point out that the reason for the substantial amount of knowledge imparted in this parsha, in the Written as well as in the Oral Torah, is precisely because it comes on the heels of Shavuos. To be sure, in some years it is the parsha read before Shavuos; nevertheless its close proximity to Shavuos, before or after, is an indication that these two events are intertwined.
The menuchas ha’nefesh which results from placing complete trust in Hashem is uplifting. By contrast, when one feels burdened by life’s responsibilities, ultimately due to the lack of Bitachon in Hashem, one might be more accurately described as dispirited and disheartened.
For many years, Jewish tourists who went to the tiny island called Isla Mujeres in northern Mexico were surprised to find out that this popular tourist spot did not have a Chabad presence. * Not any longer. Four years ago, R’ YY Ben Shimon and R’ MM Dayan opened a Chabad House there. * They tell about searching for a big menorah on the rooftops, about someone who donated $10,000 for Pesach outreach, about a tourist named Menachem Mendel whose story moved the tourists, and much more
R’ Bentzion Shagalov, who recently passed away at the age of 91, was born to a life of mesirus nefesh. His early years were spent fleeing the communists who murdered his father. * After marrying, he settled in London and became one of the pillars of the community and the Chabad activity there. * He was mekushar to the Rebbe and traveled to see him nearly every year. * His chesed specialty was hachnasas orchim. * In his later years he moved to Ramat Shlomo in Yerushalayim where he continued his amazing acts of chesed along with shiurim for Russian immigrants
R’ Farkash is a posek in Yerushalayim and an author of an important series of halacha books. A few months ago, R’ Yekusiel Farkash’s story was publicized in a number of places, including a JEM video