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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.

EIKEV- SOAPY CLEAN

FOR EIKEV

 

SOAPY CLEAN

(from a previous Good Shabbos Email)

 

How clean is your soap?

 

Yes, I know. Soap is a cleaning agent in and of itself. The question of how “clean” is soap is like asking how dirty is dirt…

 

The question is motivated by a recent visit to the DEB Company, a prominent commercial soap-making plant, for Kosher supervision purposes.

 

As manufacturing plants go, this one had all the usual sophisticated machinery, loading docks and storage areas one would expect.

 

What I did not expect, however, was the incredible measures this company takes to ensure the cleanliness of the dozens of soaps, lotions and hand creams they produce. A team of chemists inspects… Read More »

VO'ESCHANAN- A CLASS ACT IS NO ACT: A TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND, ALLEN TENENBAUM

FOR VO'ESCHANAN

 

A CLASS ACT IS NO ACT – A TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND, ALLEN TENENBAUM

 

Earlier this week, the baseball “All Star Game” was held. Once a year, halfway through the sport’s season, the best players are chosen to represent the game. One single game, “The All Star Game,” is played between the players of the two major leagues.

 

A gathering of the best in any field is, obviously, the preeminent venue for all types of fans, aficionados, and experts. Analyzers galore present their spins at this time.

 

The game was played, but that was hardy the story. The spotlight was on one of the game’s most distinguished and outstanding players, Mariano Rivera. He plays the… Read More »

D'VARIM- CONTROLLED BURNING

FOR D'VARIM

 

CONTROLLED BURNING

 

On the day I celebrated my thirty-first birthday some eighteen years ago, I did something I had never done before, and have never had to do since: I threw away the pack of cigarettes I had in my pocket. I have never touched a lit cigarette since.

 

In truth, in the short lifespan of my smoking days, I was never a heavy smoker. I would have been termed a “light user,” or “a recreational user.” On most days, I appreciated a cigarette a mere once or twice. Nonetheless, it was still quite difficult to quit. For several years prior to that birthday, I would “quit”, only to have a lit cigarette “find me.” Before long, I was back at it… Read More »

MATOS MASEI- PLEASING GOALS

FOR MATOS-MASEI

 

PLEASING GOALS

 

It definitely comes with the territory, especially in places such as Chabad of Peachtree City, on Atlanta’s Southside. A family with a tragic story contacted us. Their mother had come to visit from a different state, and she became gravely ill. After surgery, the doctors informed them that she had but a few days to live.

I rushed to the hospital, located an hour away. After some prayers and some discussion with the family, I promised to return the next day. It was not surprising to receive a call first thing the next morning from the family. They called to let me know that: 1) they were “very Reformed Jews”, and, 2) their mother’s wishes were to be cremated. I… Read More »

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