Entries in #1034 (8)
Many residents of Kfar Chabad knew the beloved Chassid, R’ Zalman Bronstein a”h who passed away twelve years ago. But few knew his tumultuous life story, about his learning in underground yeshivos, then fighting for four years in the Red Army, until he made aliya and settled in “Safraya.” * A series of open miracles.
An amazing Jew lived in Yekaterinoslav and his name was Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneersohn zt”l. A Gaon, Chassid and Mekubal. He had many practices that were rooted in Chassidus and Kabbala. On top of that, his conduct was wondrous, lofty, and filled with chayus and enthusiasm. To mark his passing on Chaf Av, we present this compilation of the cycle of the year. We were helped by the various times that the Rebbe referred to his father’s customs, the memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana a”h, and testimony from Chassidim. * A sampling of customs, practices and personal conduct, on Shabbos and holidays.
Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, the “Yismach Moshe” (1759-1841), from the town of Ujhely, was the progenitor of the Satmar and Sighet dynasties. All his life centered on yearning for the Geula and the coming of Moshiach. He was not diverted from this for a moment.
S’farim (books of Torah learning) are considered holy and must be treated with utmost respect. We are cautioned not to place anything on top of a seifer (indeed s’farim themselves have a hierarchy of holiness, wherein a Chumash is placed on the top of the pile).
“The shlichus assigned to us all is kabbalas p’nei Moshiach. However, when a person discovers his personal mission within the collective mission, and realizes it, it has an element of a personal Geula which is very satisfying. * Zipi Kolteniuk, a Lubavitcher singer and composer who performs in Eretz Yisroel and abroad, shares her story about how she discovered her life’s mission, what tragedy caused her to avoid the piano, and how an unsuccessful transition imposed by life circumstances turned into the springboard of her life’s mission.
The Mitzvah of wearing T’fillin is mentioned in the Torah four times; twice in the book of Exodus and twice in Deuteronomy. These four sections are written out and contained in the T’fillin. In the Hand T’fillin they are all written on one scroll, whereas in the Head T’fillin they are written on four separate scrolls and inserted into four separate compartments.
What do Slobodka, Skver, Kherson & Kopust have in common? * The Frierdiker Rebbe: “The situation of the ritual baths (Mikwoth) in Russia is very bad” * “This issue has been a burning issue” * In this week’s installment we present the Frierdiker Rebbe’s campaign to repair existing Mikvahs and build new Mikvahs across the Soviet Union.