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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.

SHOFTIM - THE COMPLETE MAN

FOR SHOFTIM

 

THE COMPLETE MAN

 

Immediately outside one of the windows of our house, a display of nature is unfolding before our eyes. A red wasp, which is a type of “paper wasp,” has built a nest, made up of honeycomb-like cells. The wasp builds this by biting off a piece of wood and thoroughly chewing it with its strong jaws, mixing it up with its saliva. The finished nest looks like a super thin piece of paper. When the material is ready, the mother wasp connects it via a thin, string-like hook to a surface of a tree or under an overhang, allowing plenty of protection from the elements. The wasp continues to add more cells, interconnecting them in a hexagonal pattern.

 

This thing appeared a few weeks… Read More »

RE'EH-TRAINING TO GIVE

FOR RE'EH

 

TRAINING TO GIVE

 

Earlier this week, on a visit to New York City, I was traveling on the famed New York Subway. My route was to take me from the borough of Queens, through Manhattan and then into Brooklyn.

 

Somewhere along the ride, a man boarded the train. As the train pulled out of the station, this person began to sermonize. In a rapid tone, and with flair, he declared a series of tragic events which began for him in Vietnam. This trouble continues to plague him to this day, which is why he was asking for people to help him with some spare change.

 

Half of the people on the carriage had wires dangling from their ears. Others had their eyes shut, and some were reading something. The rest were… Read More »

EIKEV-BEING MINDFUL OF HOW TO EAT

FOR EIKEV

 

BEING MINDFUL OF HOW TO EAT

 

A few weeks ago, a very dear friend of mine was called about an exceedingly difficult situation. A two-year-old child from Israel had been diagnosed with a rare form of a disease. Only one medical institution in the world has had a sliver of success with this medical issue. As deeply devoted parents, they immediately brought their youngest child to this country to try their luck.

 

Hearing of this heartbreaking situation, my friend decided to travel and offer his assistance to them. In the meantime, I contacted the local Chabad emissaries in two different cities, to mobilize them as well. My friend shared that, according to his estimation, the family seemed to be holding… Read More »

VOESCHANAN-ONE SMALL STEP

FOR VOESCHANAN

 

ONE SMALL STEP

– A TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND, ALLEN TENENBAUM

 

A story that definitely ranks as one of the more unusual news stories of the year unfolded earlier this week. A gentleman was boarding a train one morning in Perth, in Western Australia. This fellow was one of the last ones to enter the train, and he managed to get his right leg on board. His left leg, however, fell through the very narrow crack that exists between the train and the platform.

 

Without the traction from his right leg – now lying on the train's surface – it was impossible for him to raise his left leg and himself. He was stuck. A few people attempted to lift him by his armpits, but the left leg was too jammed… Read More »

D'VARIM-STANDING UNIFIED WITH ISRAEL

FOR D'VARIM

 

STANDING UNIFIED WITH ISRAEL

 

The current campaign, in which Israel is engaged to protect herself and to eradicate brutal and vicious terrorism, is in its fourth week. Entering the Gaza Strip has revealed how much work is still left to be done. Parallel to these efforts, the images produced by this struggle continue to be broadcasted to the world.

 

Cries of “Israeli aggression,” “massacres,” and world “opinions,” are continuously formulated. Anyone with a keyboard, a voice, or an Arabic sounding name, has opinions to share. While these people may be well-meaning and rational, when it comes to Israel, they express senseless nonsense and much worse.

 

And then… Read More »

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