Entries in #985 (8)
The Prime Minister recently admitted that there is a construction freeze in Yehuda and Shomron, adding that he had no intention of expanding Jewish presence in this vital region. In response to this clear declaration, no one has dared to make a peep. After all, since this is a “right-wing” government, who else can we rely upon to attack the policies of the left? Facts don’t seem to confuse anyone these days. Mr. Netanyahu adopted the Oslo Accords, gave away Chevron, and served as an effective advocate for the expulsion from Gush Katif and the northern Shomron, never expressing any regret for his actions. This begs the question: If no one raises his voice in protest, why should we expect anything to change in the future?
The Chassid who was born in Dokshitz, learned in Tomchei T’mimim, and attended the Rebbe’s wedding, immigrated to the United States after receiving the Rebbe Rayatz’s bracha. * He founded the first Chabad minyan there and was a member of important Chabad organizations in America. * R’ Yochanan Gordon a”h.
Rabbi Moshe Levinger, known as the “Father of the Jewish Settlement in Chevron,” recently passed away at the age of 80 after an illness. R’ Levinger was one of the leaders of the Jewish settlement movement in Yehuda-Shomron and who became well known due to his great efforts and pioneering work when it came to where Jews live in Eretz Yisroel.
Joy is central to Judaism. We are commanded to serve G-d with joy at all times. This is particularly true during the Jewish Holidays, when we are commanded to show our joy more demonstrably, as it states in this week’s parsha with respect to the Festival of Sukkos: “You shall rejoice on your festival…”
The awareness of the importance of counseling couples is growing. Fortunately, certain problems that were previously ignored are resolved today after one conversation with a good counselor. * We present a special conversation with R’ Yitzchok Chaviv and his wife who have spent years practicing family and couples counseling. * Should people speak to a rav or a professional? What is the difference between a Chassidishe professional and one who is not Chassidish? What is a couple’s role within a Chassidishe family? Is it right that the mashpia from yeshiva should continue to counsel a young couple?
We look at the world and see a bunch of seemingly random and capricious events taking place. We are puzzled and worried about the direction the world is heading. But the Rebbe sees the true picture, the picture behind all those dots, the picture of Geula. The Rebbe wants us to see what he sees and therefore demands from us to “open our eyes” and see it too.