“The Alm-ghty only exiled the Jewish people among the Gentile nations in order to add to them converts.” “Coverts” alludes to and signifies the sparks of holiness present in all aspects of the world. * This approach of taking a foothold in the place of our dispersal brings about fortitude and success in our avoda.
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Yoseph’s brothers conspired to kill him out of jealousy, but the oldest brother Reuven stepped in and convinced his brothers to throw Yoseph into an empty pit. Reuven intended to take him out later and return him to his father.
The third night of Chanuka. Plans to go on mivtzaim to the Sh’chem area. After the incident the night before in which we were stoned, I decided I had had enough of adventures. But I changed my mind on a dime and decided to join them. A decision I would have occasion to regret. * Four young bachurim and a shliach, surrounded by dozens of inflamed Arabs with no natural way to get out.
Eid echad ne’eman b’issurin (one witness is believed with regard to prohibited substances); a single adult is trusted when it comes to the status of toiveled (ritually immersed) dishes, kosher food or checking produce for bugs, and eggs for bloodspots. May a child perform these tasks without supervision and declare them “kosher”?
This Shabbos (VaYeishev) is the Shabbos that leads into the yom tov of Chanuka. Chanuka is the yom tov where we publicize our immense thanks to Hashem for all the miracles that Hashem has done – and continues to do – “בימים ההם בזמן הזה, in those days and in our days.”
It’s happening in Kfar Chabad and Nachalat Har Chabad, in Lud, in Tzfas and Chabad communities across Eretz Yisroel. * Shuls are full of Lubavitcher balabatim (working men) who are learning Torah, Nigleh and Chassidus and Halacha like young yeshiva bachurim. * We checked out the phenomenon and were gratified to return with information about dozens of shiurim and night kollels. * About the transformation of a young man from Kfar Chabad, “For they [words of Torah] are our lives and the length of our days.”
In order to divert the Gentiles and to harden their hearts, after Moshiach is revealed he will be concealment again. Indeed, that is what happened in the exodus from Egypt. * From Chapter Fourteen of Rabbi Shloma Majeski’s Likkutei Mekoros.
Pirsum Rishon: A Budget Proposal for Chabad Lubavitch Activities in Europe, signed by the Frierdiker Rebbe * Among the budget items: The Yeshiva & the Girls’ Schools, Evening Classes, School for Shchita, Milah, Safrus, Etc. * Regarding the Jews in Russia: Supporting the undercover religious activities carried on by these people * Sixth Installment
The Chassid R’ Mordechai Chanzin was arrested three times in his life. The first time he was imprisoned for ten years, the second time for five years, and the third time for six years. Altogether, he spent twenty-one years in prison, labor camps and various exiles, from 5695 until 5716. Then he was released.