Entries in #1058 (10)
“While state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing. Money is easily found for sophisticated weapons whose destructive power is comparable to that of the weapons of mass destruction; for submarines whose single salvo is capable of devastating half a continent; for missile defense systems that undermine strategic stability… It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.” (Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, writing in this month’s Time magazine
Since G-d has brought you to Madrid, even if it is for a short while, the inner purpose of it is to help a fellow Jew in matters of Torah and Mitzvos * Seeing the extreme interest these students take in eating Kosher and, myself, feeling the urgency of it, I was obliged to help them * I receive letters from more students expressing their desire to eat kosher * I feel sure that you have instructed Barcelona to provide kosher for Passover food for all the students in Madrid * Mivtza Kashrus on Campus
The first parsha that follows the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is called Mishpatim. It deals with the so-called “man to man” or societal laws. This underscores the Divine nature of these laws. Every civilized society has its own system of law that keeps its people civilized and protects them from harm caused by illegal behavior.
This is a story about teachers and counselors who did not give up on a tough student. * Anya Kavnovsky lived through many challenges in a life that seemed hopeless, but from a Ukrainian street kid she became a Chassid of the Rebbe who is now married and fulfilled.
Shinui hashem (changing a person’s [Jewish] name) is not done lightly. A person’s name is a tzinor hachayim (channel of life) for the individual. The pasuk (verse) in B’Reishis states, “nefesh chaya hu shemo” (a living creature, this is his name); this is interpreted to mean that the life-giving nefesh (also called neshama) is bound with the individual’s name. It is further taught in the name of the Arizal (16th century kabbalist) that the name the parents give their son at his bris is chosen b’ruach ha’kodesh (Divine inspiration).
Thousands of his students accompanied the gaon and Chassid, Rabbi Meir Tzvi Gruzman a”h on his final journey. For nearly sixty years he served as teacher and rosh yeshiva of Tomchei T’mimim in Kfar Chabad. * Along with his genius in Torah, he was venerated for his lofty character. He had a smile for everyone and his sensitive heart was alert and open to any suffering
About a hundred guests attended the exclusive, invitation only event that was held in the Chabad yeshiva in Ramat Aviv. * The speech that moved everyone most was given by a businessman, Mr. Moshe Katz, who spoke briefly but powerfully about a spontaneous visit to 770 and the surprising transformation that followed. * The full speech is presented here
One time, a very poor man traveled from his hometown to another town in order to collect donations. The local beggars were nice to him and invited him to join them on their rounds. The poor guest went with his new friends. He collected one coin after another and ate dry slices of bread dipped in water.