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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.

PINCHAS- SHEEPISHLY COMPLETE

FOR PINCHAS

 

SHEEPISHLY COMPLETE

 

Is it better to be firm, rigid, tough, and stiff, or should one be calm, laid-back, lax, and easygoing?

 

People look up to those who have intensity. Those are people who are usually focused, with determination to get things done. They are “into it.”

 

Yet, for other matters, people tend to gravitate to those who are relaxed and composed. people who maintain a level of being unruffled are pleasant not just in demeanor, but also in conversation.

 

So, what is it?

 

It could be suggested that when, for instance, one needs to change an airline ticket, or discuss a disputed bill, one would want the “soft” type. When looking for a repairman, or… Read More »

BALAK- REFLECTIONS ON OUR DAUGHTER’S ENGAGEMENT: IT’S TIME FOR THE END!

FOR BALAK

 

REFLECTIONS ON OUR DAUGHTER’S ENGAGEMENT:

IT’S TIME FOR THE END!

 

Our daughter, Chanah, announced her engagement during this past week to Zalmy Raskin, of Brooklyn, New York.

 

While this is not a first for us, the feeling of joy this news generates is just indescribable.

 

After the festivities of the engagement concluded, I was left to ponder: What does a parent tell or share with his or her child at such an indescribable juncture? What do Mrs. Lew and I say to her, to him, to them and especially, what do we say to ourselves?

 

It is fortunate that they were engaged during this particular week, for it was easy to glean a profound message from this week’s Torah portion… Read More »

CHUKAS- PARTYING AND LEADING MATURELY

FOR CHUKAS

 

PARTYING AND LEADING MATURELY

(From a previous Good Shabbos Email)

 

Earlier this week, I was invited to attend a party by a charming girl.

 

This girl, a niece of mine, is an enchanting five year-old. She was inviting me to a “Siddur party,” an end-of-the-year presentation, during which the young girls receive their very own “Siddur” (prayer book).

 

Those kids are exceedingly proud of this Siddur. After the event on Wednesday, little Mussia proceeded proudly to read me the entire first three pages of the Hebrew-only book. How can an adult refuse an invitation to such a party? Even if I were not her uncle, who would or could say no?

 

Her mother was somewhat… Read More »

KORACH- STAYING ALIVE

FOR KORACH

 

STAYING ALIVE

 

Earlier this week, a friend and I were discussing a relative who had recently passed away. Her passing released her from the pain and suffering she was experiencing. The friend presented the idiom that she is now in a “better place.”

 

While this relative may, indeed, be in a better place, the world in which human beings live is the best place for people to be. This world was designed for human beings in which to function. There is no other place where this can happen. It is, therefore, the best place for people to be while they are still living.

 

In other words, in Judaism there is no aspiration to hasten the departure from this world, even by one minute, in order to… Read More »

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