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Rabbi Asher Deren
 People of the (Face?)Book 

For the “Chosen” “People of the Book” Shavuos is the anniversary of both the Choice and the Book that brought that choice about. No, it wasn’t the day when G-d clicked ‘like’ on our status – it’s when He gave us an eternal responsibility to live His Torah ■ more

    
 
Shloshim of R' Yeshaya Schtroks
 Custom Homework: My Teacher Who Cared 
In Shmuel Bais, after the deaths of Shaul and Yonoson, Dovid HaMelech cries out, “They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks, beloved father, husband, community builder, remarkable teacher, was swift like the eagle, strong like the lion, and now he has passed away at the young age of 55 ■ more
    
 
Part XXXI
 Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana 

Triumph in battling for traditional Judaism: Although at first the side supporting my husband was the smaller one, nevertheless, as always happened, he succeeded in prevailing. Indeed, it took time and energy, because he always battled for issues of importance from a religious viewpoint, whereas most of the community consisted of maskilim and non-religious Jews ■ more

    
 
Part XXX
 Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana 
Ussishkin’s father-in-law, Sergei Pavlov Fallei, was also one of the city’s most respected members of the Zionist movement. His father,5however, had been a Chasidic Jew from Lithuania, a wealthy man, who had given his son a religious education. Sergei was highly intelligent and, although far from being G‑d-fearing, was very Torah learned and retained his love and respect for traditional Jewish scholarship ■ more
    
 
Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 The Sacred Duty of Every Jew 
The auspicious day of Lag B’Omer is the day of rejoicing of the great Sage Rabbi Shimon ben Yochoi (RaShBY) of whom his teacher R. Akiva said “(Only) I and your Creator know your powers”. RaShBY had to hide in a cave for twelve years, then for yet another year, because of his uncompromising stand in preserving Yiddishkeit under Roman rule and persecution ■ more
    
 
Rabbi Yehoishofot Oliver
 Shabbos: Transcending the World 
Our sages say, “He who toils before Shabbos, will eat on Shabbos.”[1] On the simple level, this means that in order to eat a ready meal on Shabbos, one should toil to prepare the food before Shabbos. But on the deeper level, this alludes to the relationship between the divine service of the weekdays and of Shabbos ■ more
    
 
Part XXVIV
 Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana 
It was the eighth year that we were living in the home of my parents, who supported us while my husband studied Torah full-time. The time had come to think about seeking a source of livelihood. Meanwhile, although my husband was indeed preparing to “enter the material world” and accept some obligation for his livelihood, he was still immersed in his studies and the writing of his Torah insights ■ read on
    
 
Rabbi Yehoishophot Oliver
 Two Categories of Physicality 
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Chassidus differentiates between two general categories of the physical: gashmiyus—“physicality” and chumriyus—“coarseness.” The term gashmiyus refers to something that is physical, but not animalistic or coarse per se. To be sure, everything physical conceals the absolute reality of Hashem ■ more
    
 
Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 "Why Should We Be Deprived! 
We learn from Pesach-Sheni an amazing lesson: When a Jew feels that he is lacking and deficient in matters of yiras shomayim, Torah and mitzvos, he cannot rely on anyone, not on Moshe Rabbeinu not even (as it were) on G-d, and he doesn’t say “we have no one to depend on only on our Father in Heaven”, but he cries out “Why should we be deprived ■ more
    
 
Rabbi Asher Deren
 Friend or Faribel? The $20 IPO 

A Thought for Shabbos: “Rabbi, a friend of 30 years said something very hurtful about me behind my back. Should I risk destroying the friendship or just keep it in my heart?” “Well” I answered just yesterday afternoon, “according to the Mitzvah in this week’s Parsha, “though shall not bear a faribel in your heart ■ more

    
 
Part XXVIII
 Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana 

In 5706, when I was staying in Kraskovo, near Moscow, people were afraid to be seen anywhere near me. I was forced to lodge in a different location almost every night, because residency was granted only to those officially registered, and it would have been even more dangerous for me to show my identity card ■ more

    
 
8th Yohrtzeit of Rabbi YL Raskin
 Mesirus-Nefesh of a Shliach 

"It's been a long time since we met. I met my father only three years ago and it's been 15 years since I saw my mother, 21 years since I saw my sister and the children don't even know who I am." This is an excerpt of a letter written by the unforgettable Shliach Rabbi Yehuda Leib Raskin of blessed memory, the Rebbe's Shliach in Casablanca, Morocco ■ more  
  

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Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 The Rebbe MaHaRaSh's Demand from His Father 
The Rebbe the “Tzemach Tzedek” was asked by his youngest son (who later became his successor) the Rebbe R. Shmuel: “What happened to the “Kaytz” of the Alter Rebbe, that the Geulah will come in this year ■ more
    
 
Part XXVII
 Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana 
Rebbetzin Chana's Memoirs, Part XXVII: A teenage boy named Mitya Gurary1 began frequenting our home. His father was employed in our city at the business of his relatives, the Gurary family. When Mitya first visited us, he wasn’t religious and was studying at the local high school. He possessed a very sincere and refined character ■ more
    
 
Part XXVI
 Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana 
Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana, Part XXVI: Virtually no practicing chazzanim were left in the Soviet Union by then. Yet some Jews with a flair for Jewish music were familiar with the traditional nusach tunes of the holiday prayer services and served as chazzanim during the month of Tishrei. As employees of the government, they were entitled to one month’s vacation a year ■ more
    
 
Rabbi Yehoishofot Oliver
 "Don't Forget the Nossi 
The Rebbe Draws Mayim Shelonu
The Rebbe Draws Mayim Shelonu
During the beginning of the month of Nissan, you will observe signs hanging in Lubavitcher Shuls that read: “Don’t forget the Nossi ■ more
    

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