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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.

ROSH HASHANAH-THE FABRIC OF EMERGENCE

FOR ROSH HASHANAH

 

THE FABRIC OF EMERGENCE

 

Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the New Year, enjoys an importance like no other holiday. For an entire month prior to this holiday, personal and communal preparations are the focus. The Shofar is blown on each weekday; reflections on the past year are on the mind; extra Psalms and prayers are recited; Rabbis and layman alike are engrossed in the synagogue experience of Rosh Hashanah, the day the King is crowned.

 

It is a most critical time of the year. It is, after all, called “Rosh,” the head. Everyone knows how important the head of the body is. This day, Rosh Hashanah, is – like the human head – the nerve center of the rest of the year. What a… Read More »

NITZAVIM VAYELECH-A SCOTCH FOR UNITY

FOR NITZAVIM-VAYELECH

 

A SCOTCH FOR UNITY

 

It is doubtful that anyone reading these words outside of England is familiar with Alex Salmond. His political title is, “first minister of Scotland.” He was behind the referendum that was just defeated: to turn Scotland into an independent country, by dividing it from England and the “United” Kingdom.

 

Just over five million people live in Scotland. The state of Georgia, where the Lew family resides, has almost double than that. Despite the importance of Scotch whisky to some, one would think that with all the news-worthy stories across the globe – some deeply disturbing and some really amazing – Scotland’s fate would be typically… Read More »

NITZAVIM VAYELECH-A SCOTCH FOR UNITY

FOR NITZAVIM-VAYELECH

 

A SCOTCH FOR UNITY

 

It is doubtful that anyone reading these words outside of England is familiar with Alex Salmond. His political title is, “first minister of Scotland.” He was behind the referendum that was just defeated: to turn Scotland into an independent country, by dividing it from England and the “United” Kingdom.

 

Just over five million people live in Scotland. The state of Georgia, where the Lew family resides, has almost double than that. Despite the importance of Scotch whisky to some, one would think that with all the news-worthy stories across the globe – some deeply disturbing and some really amazing – Scotland’s fate would be typically… Read More »

KI SOVO-WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME TODAY?

FOR KI SOVO

 

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME TODAY?

 

A few months ago, a hotel’s security camera revealed footage of a football player dragging a limp woman, by her feet, out of an elevator. It later turned out that this woman was, in fact, this player’s fiancé.

 

An investigation ensued. This couple had engaged in an altercation, and she somehow ended up passed out on the floor. As part of his being disciplined, the player was suspended from playing in two football games in the National Football League.

 

Love, however, must have been in the air. Amid all of this hoopla, this loving couple was wed.

 

Earlier this week, this story exploded in its full wrath. Other footage was discovered and… Read More »

KI SEITZEI-A FISHY TAIL AND A BIRD’S NEST

FOR KI SEITZEI

 

A FISHY TAIL AND A BIRD’S NEST

(from a previous Good Shabbos Email)

 

As the summer weeks were rolling along, Mrs. Lew and I decided to get away for a couple of days from a very busy summer season. Our destination was the East Coast of the state of Georgia. We soon ended up at a place called Tybee Island, a tiny two-mile long stretch of a typical summer-like town.

 

Watching the Atlantic Ocean continuing to unfurl its foamy waves in an endless exercise of battering the poor seashore, has its limits. We therefore ascended the pier, which stretched out quite a distance into the ocean. There, the breezes coming off the water provided some relief from the summer heat, amid the pleasant lapping of… Read More »

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