Entries in #965 (8)
Over twenty years have passed since Chaf-Zayin Adar 5754, the day of the second stroke, which shook up Chabad worldwide a second time. * We spoke with Rabbi Shlomo Halpern, rav of the Chabad community in Tel Aviv, who was in 770 on K’vutza at the time. He discussed the emuna back then versus the emuna today and concluded with a practical suggestion for the Chassidim who saw the Rebbe.
Mr. Nechemia Levanon worked for the Israeli government in various secret roles which few knew about. Under the guise of an agricultural attaché at the Israeli embassy, he made contact with Jews in the Soviet Union, including many Lubavitcher Chassidim. He helped them by transferring Jewish religious items and the Rebbe’s divrei Torah. This work stopped after he was caught red-handed and was expelled from the Soviet Union as an undesirable. * Stories from behind the scenes and about his special yechidus with the Rebbe – based on his testimony in the book “HaRebbe V’ha’Mossad” by R’ Yosef Yitzchok Kaminetzky. * Part 2 of 2.
One of the principles of Jewish law is: “we ascend in matters of holiness and not descend.” This principle conveys a dual message: First we must always look for ways to enhance our spiritual lives and commitment to Torah and Mitzvos, and, at the very least we should not decline in matters of holiness.
The T’mimim had prepared many parties for Purim night, but despite the meticulous preparations and arrangements, the forces of spiritual evil were determined to leave them empty-handed. Two rabbinical students, invited to a party with sixty guests, arrived only after most of the disappointed participants had already left. What eventually happened? An amazing story of success on Mivtza Purim.
For decades, R’ Fishel Jacobs, a Chabad Chassid from Kfar Chabad, served as a prison chaplain. We met for a fascinating conversation about his work and about the effect Tanya has had on his life and the lives of those behind bars.
As Chabad Chassidim, we don’t just run a campaign once every two years; we do so every hour of every day. Ours is a campaign of love, a campaign connecting Jews to their time-honored traditions, a campaign to spread the wellsprings and illuminate the Jewish soul. We have a mission to bring Moshiach Tzidkeinu in actual deed and we must do this with the entire Jewish People.
It was late at night and the house was silent. Only in 17 year old Adi’s room was something going on. Adi took a small bag and began packing it with basic necessities: a few items of clothing, a small album of family pictures as a memento, a beloved piece of jewelry. She scanned the closet again. Was there anything else that was important? That was all.