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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.

SIMCHAS TORAH-BRAISHIS- A LIGHT DARKNESS

FOR SIMCHAS TORAH-BRAISHIS

 

A LIGHT DARKNESS

 

A heroic and bold event, holding people around the world spellbound, was recently accomplished: the Costa Concordia ship was raised back up on its keel. This ship had struck some rocks near the Italian coast about twenty months ago, and fell onto its side, damaging it badly.

 

The raising of this monster was that much more impressive when realizing the ruin of this wreck. The extent of the damage of this capsized, rusted carcass, which could only have been revealed once the ship was hoisted up to stand erect, was profound; beyond repair.

 

For close to a year, a crew of over five-hundred engineers has been working to stabilize the wreck. They were preparing it for… Read More »

SUKKOS- THE JOY OF BEAUTIFUL

FOR SUKKOS

 

THE JOY OF BEAUTIFUL

 

The holiday of Yom Kippur had ended at our synagogue with a flourish. The whole day was uplifting, inspiring, and spiritual, and it ended in a great crescendo. Those present had already completed eating their food. With food in the belly, everyone’s physical makeup had also been nourished. It was a completely happy mood.

 

Soon enough, the last of the crowd had left the synagogue. I was still on the “high” of the day, and was just finishing up some last minute details when the phone rang. It was an old, dear friend. This is not normally a night for social discussions. The friend on the other end of the line must have needed something from me, I thought.

 

I… Read More »

YOM KIPPUR- THE ELEVATION

FOR YOM KIPPUR

 

THE ELEVATION

 

In synagogues throughout the world during the upcoming day of Yom Kippur (this coming Friday night and Saturday), people from all walks of life will gather for a day filled with prayer, inspiration, connection, remembrance, devotion, and fervor. For some, this will be their only time in the synagogue in the entire year.

 

While everyone’s mindset is different, those who will make it for this marathon day of spirituality will be present because this is a day when one can come closest to the Almighty. In the words of the Torah, “On this day, G-d will atone for you, to cleanse you. You will be cleansed from all your sins before G-d.” (Vayikrah (Leviticus) 16:30.) It… Read More »

ROSH HASHANAH- AFRAID OF LOVE

FOR ROSH HASHANAH

 

AFRAID OF LOVE

 

In Jewish homes throughout the world, the first night of Rosh Hashanah (this coming Wednesday evening) is celebrated with a feast. In addition to the actual meal, a variety of foods plays a part in the festivities. Most famous are apples dipped in honey, for a sweet year. Even the bread partaken of during the meals of Rosh Hashanah is dipped into honey. Pomegranates make their way onto the table, so that “our merits should increase like the numerous seeds inside this fruit.” A ram’s head or a fish head is also usually found on the table, emphasizing the “head”, or “Rosh” element on the day of “Rosh Hashanah,” Head of the Year.

 

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