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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.

THE LAST DAYS OF PASSOVER- THE INTELLECTUAL FLIGHT

FOR THE LAST DAYS OF PASSOVER

 

THE INTELLECTUAL FLIGHT

 

We were sitting around the Shabbos table last week, joined by a guest from the Holy Land. He is the head of a major chain store in Israel, and he frequently travels to the United States. As the discussion progressed, he expressed his distaste for Delta Airlines.

 

Seated around the table were a couple of Delta employees. They perked up their heads at this assault. This fellow explained that he once had a bad experience with Delta. The flight attendants were rude, and the company’s response to his complaint was, in his mind, grossly insufficient. United is his now preferred airline.

 

“To each his own,” I thought. In my personal travels… Read More »

PASSOVER- THE WISE, THE WICKED, AND THE HORSE

FOR PASSOVER

 

THE WISE, THE WICKED, AND THE HORSE

 

Earlier this week, I was invited to visit a horse farm. The owner proudly showed me around to the horses of different sizes and shapes, including his new two-week-old foal.

 

And then, with a look and sound of satisfaction and contentment, the owner showed me the “prize”: an Arabian horse. It was majestically tall and fit. It had a look of a champion. This was clearly an animal fit for royalty.

 

Standing in the pen next to this magnificent creature was a mare. As excited was the look on this owner’s face when describing the champion horse, so sad of a look appeared when the owner spoke about the mare: “This mare gave birth less than… Read More »

VAYIKRA- EMPOWERING LEADERSHIP

FOR VAYIKRA

 

EMPOWERING LEADERSHIP

 

It seems that most of the free and advanced world breathed a sigh of relief late last week when the news came through that Hugo Chavez, autocratic president of Venezuela, had died. I have friends and colleagues who currently reside in that country. They, together with their communities, did not shed any tears when they learned they were rid of this man.

 

Chavez possessed a big mouth. He pursued his popularity and fame through bluster. He openly, and needlessly, took on the mighty United States, behaving immaturely towards the President – while, at the same time, most of his oil and export business was, in fact, with the United States. He befriended and championed many… Read More »

VAYAKHEL P'KUDEI- WHEN NOT LOSING IS WINNING

FOR VAYAKHEL-P'KUDEI

 

WHEN NOT LOSING IS WINNING

 

A video clip has been making the rounds, leaving behind a very warm feeling. In the clip, one sees a high school basketball head coach talking to his assembled team in the locker room. At some point, the “team manager” (which is a term unfamiliar to the game of basketball) is featured. This “manager” is mentally disabled. The head coach had appointed this fellow to a position where he runs errands and cheers on the team.

 

For the final game of the season, it was decided that this “manager” was going to actually play for a few minutes. He would be given a chance to shoot the ball into the basket. The coach acknowledged that the team… Read More »

KI SISA- AVERTING A WHOLE DISASTER

FOR KI SISA

 

AVERTING A WHOLE DISASTER

 

Each place of residence has its benefits and quirks. Some locations come with unique benefits. Our recent move to Peachtree City provides our family with quite an inimitable benefit: a number of pilots for Delta airlines live in the vicinity.

 

Pilots are leaders. They assume daily responsibility for hundreds of passengers, as they fly planes from one end of the world to the next. They are trained for emergencies, and many have performed heroic acts. They normally exude an image of authority and intelligence, and have fascinating tales of flights and of faraway places in which they had landed.

 

Having met several of them over the past few months, I can also add that… Read More »

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