B"H Sunday, 24 Tevet 5777 | January 22 2017
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 UnlockingYour Potential in Seven Steps 
Rabbi Berel Lerman
Rabbi Berel Lerman | Photograph: Excerpt from clip
I would like to present a roadmap to life that addresses the above points based on Chabad Kabbalah (also known as Chabad Chassidut). The uniqueness in this roadmap is that it's based on seven soul powers, which are spiritual elements that we all have. These are truths within us that we just need to tap into and we'll find answers ■ more 
From the Press
 Betzalel Gallery Featured on WNYC 
Photograph: WNYC/Stephen Nessen

The Brooklyn art scene is getting another retro infusion — this time from Crown Heights. The throwback references here depict a simpler time, when families were large and lived in the Old World shtetls of Eastern Europe. It’s not quite Soho, but on Empire Blvd. and Kingston Ave., situated next to a laundromat, The Betzalel Gallery is expected to officially open on Thursday ■ more 

Focus: R' Shimon Waronker
 The Rebbe's Shliach in P.S.770 
Photograph: Shturem Archives
Shimon Waronker, headmaster of Brooklyn’s New American Academy, repeats two phrases a lot: “Prussian industrial” and “Divine providence ■ How did a Chabad Jew who begins each day with three hours of prayer, Jewish learning and a trip to the mikveh — and who sends his own children to yeshivas — become a champion of public school reform ■ more
Rabbi Asher Deren
 A Thought for Shabbos 
As a rabbi, too often I hear about breakdowns in relationships within a family. I could honestly say that whilst many of those fragmented and shattered family dynamics was because of a lack of love and care from one or more parties, more often than not, it's because of too much love, or too much care ■ more
Rabbi Gershon Avtzon
 Chof Ches Nissan and The "Four Sons" 
Baruch Hashem, the world was created in a way that every person is unique. Every person has their way of thinking and perceiving things. Differences of opinion should not only be tolerated but appreciated. There has always been differences of opinion and there will always be. Yet, while everyone has an individual opinion, we sometimes need to generalize ■ more
Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 Hastening Moshiach by Fulfilling Mitzvos 
Indeed, so miraculous will be the new order in the world, in the time of Moshiach, that it will be miraculous even by comparison with the miracles of Yetzias Mitzraim, as some interpret the verse "As in the days of your going out of Egypt I will show him wonders" - wonders upon wonders ■ more
Rabbi Asher Deren
 My March to Yerushalayim 
While the simple meaning of terms like freedom, liberty and equal opportunity have thankfully joined the vocabulary of almost every corner of the globe, the original story of Pesach, and the liberty from the Egyptian exile whose end began on this Shabbos, is of a vastly deeper nature ■ more
Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 Nissan: Month of Redemption 
Nissan has a special relationship to Geulah, as our Sages tell us ■ Nissan is also associated with Nesius. On the first day of Nissan the Nesiim began to bring their offerings, one Nassi each day. When these two characteristics of Nissan, Geulah and Nesius combine - this is the Nesius of “Dovid Malka Meshicha ■ more
Rabbi Asher Deren
 Real Happiness Begins in Av 

Today on the Jewish calendar is Rosh Chodesh Adar, the first day of the Month of Adar which is famously associated with the statement in the Talmud that “when Adar begins we should increase in Joy ■ more

Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 Why Yaakov Ovinu Planted Trees in Mitzraim 
Rashi in his commentary on this verse explains the various items, and on the words acacia wood, he writes: Acacia wood. And from where did they get these [trees] in the desert? Rabbi Tanchuma explained that our father Yaakov foresaw with the holy spirit that the Israelites were destined to build a Mishkan in the desert ■ more
Cong. Bnei Avraham
 Full House at Shleimus Haaretz Event 
Israeli lieutenant Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Ben Gurion University, an expert in Arabic culture and a former Israeli IDF officer spoke this Shabbos at Rabbi Aaron Raskin’s Congregation Bnei Avraham in Brooklyn Heights to a full house. Israel and her security were clearly foremost on everyone’s minds ■ more
Leb'n Mit Moshiach
 Sichas Kodesh Parshas VaYeitzei 
When Yaakov Avinu saw the stones arguing amongst themselves who deserves to support Yaakov's head he was frightened, but when he saw that all twelve stones mended into ONE stone he was confident that he will succeed in his mission of bringing Heaven down to earth ■ more
Rabbi Asher Deren
 Going Global - a Blessing? 
The first person to officially be sent with the title of Shlichus was Yaakov. On every step of the journey Yaakov had every excuse to throw in the towel and declare that it wasn't fair. But he went and built a community, inspired people, and gave the momentum that set the course for the life and light in the story of his children ■ more
Mangoes & Shlichus?
 New Shluchim Look Forward to Kinus 

Rabbi Yisroel Kotlarsky ticks off two areas where he’ll be looking for ideas at the conference this week: increasing adult education for Jewish women and engaging area children. He’s also looking forward to the chance to recharge. “Hopefully, the conference will provide that added boost of inspiration that I, my family and community can tap into all year round ■more

Rabbi Asher Deren
 A Thought for Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sarah 

This Shabbos we read some of the Torah’s most vivid descriptions on the end of life. First there is the passing, mourning, and tedious burial arrangements for Sarah. And then Avraham’s own passing at a “good old age” . Ironically, the name of the Parsha is “Chayei Sarah” – “the Life of Sarah ■ more

Rabbi Yehoishophot Oliver
 The Neshamah: The Jew's True Inner Self 
In the language of Chassidus, when the husband refuses to obey the Beis Din, he is being consumed by his Bestial Soul (the term more commonly used in this literature to refer to the Evil Inclination). But his true inner self is his Neshamah ■ more

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