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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.

CHUKAS-THE LIFE OF DEATH & CHABAD AND COKE

FOR CHUKAS

 

THE LIFE OF DEATH

 

Death is terrible. It is abhorrent.

 

There is nothing as absolute, as thought-provoking, and as painful, as the loss from death. Even the loss of those who “lived a good life,” or who “suffered so much at the end and are now in a better place,” is still profound.

 

Death is absolute, for no one has solved the mystery of bringing the departed back to this world – and no one will, until the long-awaited Messianic era, when death will be removed forever, and the departed loved ones will be returned by the Almighty Himself.

 

Death is a way of life, for no one lives forever. Yet, it continues to be so profoundly painful and shocking. What is the… Read More »

KORACH-ON WICKEDNESS AND UNITY

FOR KORACH

 

ON WICKEDNESS AND UNITY

 

Three sixteen year-old kids, young Yeshivah students, were heading home last Thursday night in Israel. As of this writing, one week later, they have yet to make it home. They were kidnapped by malicious murderous thugs. These are terrorists, whose unapologetic agenda is to commit genocide against every single Jewish man, woman and child around the world.

 

The security forces in Israel have spent the past week combing through the areas and cells where these criminal hooligans hang out. House by house, they continue their frantic search for these innocent teenage boys. Any moral and decent human being surely hopes that their efforts will not merely be successful, but will also… Read More »

SH'LACH-PHYSICAL ED

FOR SH'LACH

 

PHYSICAL ED

 

This past Thursday, my regular spiritual activities needed enhancement to celebrate my special birthday properly. To this end, I traveled to Atlanta early in the morning in the hopes of taking a dip in the Mikveh, the body of water designed for ritual purification, prior to morning prayers in the synagogue.

 

Traffic made it impossible to visit the Mikveh before services. I headed to the Mikveh, instead, following prayers.

 

By now, though, it was later in the day. When I entered the Mikveh building, I encountered Ed. He was standing over the narrow Mikveh-pool with cleaning equipment. He also had a water pump. He informed me that he was about to empty the pool and to clean the… Read More »

B'HAALOS'CHA-HAPPY FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY – TO ME!

FOR B'HAALOS'CHA

 

HAPPY FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY – TO ME!


This coming Thursday, 14 days into the Hebrew month of Sivan, is my birthday on the Jewish calendar.

 

This year, I am marking a special milestone: It is my fiftieth birthday.

 

Although a birthday is an individual celebration usually and exclusively reserved for the person involved, nonetheless, I take the liberty of sharing this information with you, my dear friends, as I occasionally do with other personal and family happenings and anecdotes involving my personal and communal life. Besides, I hope that the following words will inspire me and perhaps others as well.

 

In preparation for this important milestone in my life, the past five Good Shabbos… Read More »

SHAVUOS-WHEN FORTY-NINE BRINGS FIFTY

FOR SHAVUOS

 

WHEN FORTY-NINE BRINGS FIFTY

 

A friend recently brought to my attention a tragic story. This friend’s grandmother, in her nineties, had taken ill. At some point, workers at the hospital where she was a patient gave this woman something to drink, without the knowledge of her family. She was gone within twenty-four hours.

 

Helping a person to commit suicide (called “mercy killings”) is a controversial topic. According to Jewish law, this would be considered murder. All would agree, though, that such a move without consent of the patient or family runs against any and every decency and civil law imaginable. Regardless of the patient’s condition, no one has the right to take matters… Read More »

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