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Good Shabbos Email

Written by Rabbi Yossi Lew

The email is written by Rabbi Yossi Lew, director of Chabad of Peachtree City, Georgia. The emails are edited by Mrs. Arlene Shapiro and Mr. Jeff Kalwerisky of the Chabad community in Atlanta, and Mr. Michael Weinstock of Chabad of Peachtree City.

Usually, the emails begin with a personal story or observation by Rabbi Lew, and the main theme connects with either the week's Torah portion or a relevant holiday theme. The majority of material is taken from the vast and expansive Torah expounding by the great Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi M. Schneersohn, of righteous and blessed memory.

MIKEITZ-CHANUKAH-A CHORUS OF LIGHT

FOR MIKEITZ-CHANUKAH

 

A CHORUS OF LIGHT

 

The weather turned bitter cold this week in much of the United States. That, coupled with strong winds and steady rains, has made it tough for people to be outdoors.

 

But it is not just people. The crickets that had stubbornly continued to chirp on this late into the Fall have finally been completely silenced. They and their constant din are gone until Spring.

 

To some, the cricket noise is just another detail of the summer and fall experience, as each season brings its share of nuisances. Recently, however, someone slowed down a recording of these insects. By comparing the lifespan of the cricket to a human’s, the sounds were divided and slowed accordingly. In… Read More »

VAYEISHEV-ARE YOU A DREAMER?

FOR VAYEISHEV

 

ARE YOU A DREAMER?

 

Have you had a dream lately? No, not the regular sights that people generally can expect to see while sleeping. I mean a powerful, impactful kind. The type which is vivid and real. The ones that the mind will retain, never to forget.

 

Someone approached me earlier this week. She has had dreams about her father, who passed away decades ago. These dreams continue to be vivid and powerful. With tears in her eyes, she was attempting to discover whether these dreams contained any truth. Too many people, she said, dismiss dreams as imaginations, or as fantasies that are already in people’s minds, or as sheer nonsense.

 

What, then, are dreams?

 

It would be accurate… Read More »

VAYISHLACH-DOCTOR ISRAEL

FOR VAYISHLACH

 

DOCTOR ISRAEL

 

The other day, I bumped into a friend of mine who is a medical doctor. Part of the conversation was about the weather, which has turned cold during these weeks. That led to the suggestion that I, and any of my family members, come in for a complimentary vaccination against the flu.

 

While vaccinations in my book are okay, I do not usually take the flu shot for several reasons. Perhaps not being prone to the flu too often also contributes to that decision.

 

For many, though, the cold season introduces them to all types of issues, maladies and dysfunctions.  Immune systems are weakened, and as soon as a germ, a bug, or any other unwanted element enters one’s body… Read More »

VAYEITZEI-STRUGGLING ON THE PERFECT FLIGHT

FOR VAYEITZEI

 

STRUGGLING ON THE PERFECT FLIGHT

 

On my flight back home earlier this week, I was seated near the window. Seated in the aisle seat was a fine and soft spoken gentleman. As he came to claim his seat, next to the empty seat between us, we exchanged pleasantries.

 

It was not pleasant for very long. This fellow began to sniffle with his nose, as though he was draining it. While this may be a normally acceptable and common activity, this guy kept at it. In intervals of ten seconds, but never more than thirty seconds, that loud drawn-out noise continuously emanated from him.

 

The new and modern plane was really quiet as it stood taxied at the gate. I was praying for the air-conditioning system to be… Read More »

TOLDOS-TENDING TO TENDENCIES

FOR TOLDOS

 

TENDING TO TENDENCIES

 

Have you ever done something against your nature?

 

It would be difficult to imagine a doctor being queasy or unsettled around blood or chronic sicknesses. He or she would certainly have chosen the wrong profession in such a case.

 

How about a tone-deaf person attempting to sing? In such an instance, the singer may feel personally inspired by the singing, but those who are not tone-deaf would find themselves feeling uneasy if they were in earshot of this person.

 

People who cannot build are always climbing upon the ladder in the attempt to build, to fix, or to repair. They are seldom successful. The same applies to those who cannot paint, write, or keep up with… Read More »

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