B"H Friday, 7 Cheshvan 5775 | October 31 2014
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 Cooper City changes zoning code for religious groups 
Map of Cooper City
Map of Cooper City

"They have just traded one unlawful scheme for another," attorney Jason Gordon, representing Chabad of Nova Outreach Center, said Wednesday. "They have shown they are not intent on fixing this code."

Gordon said the Chabad won't take any immediate legal action against the city over the new ordinance. The Chabad and the city are already locked in a federal lawsuit over the previous zoning law. Continue

    
 
 Why non-Lubavitchers get involved in Kiruv 
Photograph: flickr

During these past few years that I have been actively involved in kiruv, I often encounter Chabad chassidim who wonder why there is this renewed interest in kiruv amongst those that aren’t affiliated with Chabad. They have been involved in reaching out to secular Jews virtually since Rav Yosef Yitzchok Shneerson zt”l, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, arrived in America in the early 1940s.

“Why,” they ask, “are there so many non-Chabad Jews involving themselves now?” Continue 

 

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 Princeton Chabad rabbi earns chaplaincy status 
Rabbi Eitan Webb stands at one of the gateways to the Princeton University campus.
Rabbi Eitan Webb stands at one of the gateways to the Princeton University campus. | Photograph: Marilyn Silverstein

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What’s new: Rabbi Eitan Webb, director of Chabad on Campus, gains chaplaincy status at Princeton University after initial rejection

What changed: School administrators were satisfied that Chabad was cooperating with the university’s Center for Jewish Life/Hillel

Quote: “Now we will have more options for our diverse Jewish community to find ways to be connected.” — Rev. Alison Boden, Princeton’s dean of religious life. Continue

    
 
EXCLUSIVE:
 The shluchim presented the PM of Beligum with a Qassam rocket 
Rabbi Slavitsky and shluchim with the Prime Minister of Belgium
Rabbi Slavitsky and shluchim with the Prime Minister of Belgium

50 children from the rocket ridden town of Sderot are now spending the summer in a Chabad camp in Antwerp together with 1,500 other children residents of Antwerp.

The children from Sderot are staying with families in Antwerp and participate in Shabbatonim that are organized by Chabad in Belgium. Click for more and photo gallery.

    
 
 New Leviev Chumash Devarim 

Devorim the Hebrew Edition Now Available

Chumash Devorim the Hebrew Edition Now Available

Thanks to a collaboration between Chabad philanthropists Levi Leviev and Meyer Gutnick, the second Chumash with “Toras Menachem” in Hebrew rolled off the press this week, in time for Devorim.

Click here for more and to purchase it

    
 
 (Video) Lipa Shmeltzer at Chabad shul in Monsey 
Photograph: Mordechai Litzman
Over 200 people, members of the Chabad community in Monsey, N.Y. gathered together for a farbrengen Sunday Gimmel Tamuz with the Rabbi of the community, Rabbi Boruch  Leshes.
Performing at the event was Lipa Shmeltzer.
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Yagdil Torah announces:
 Tanya shiur and learning resources in Crown Heights 
Tanya Shiur
We would like to inform you that Rabbi  Yosef Paltiel will once again be giving a Tanya shiur during the summer Shabbosim in Empire Shtiebel. Mincha is at 6:00 followed by the shiur which goes for about an hour.  The shiur is in English. Arranged by Empire Shtibel
Learning Resources
In order to provide more learning options, and make it easier for people to access them at any time, we have compiled a  list Torah resources. The list includes many websites that offer audio shiurim, and also online libraries which one can access at any time and place. We are sure that there are many more resources available so, if you know of one, please do not hesitate to notify us by contacting us and we will post it for the benefit of everybody.
Note: Yagdil Torah does not take responsibility for the content of the links provided. click here to view the list.
Reminder: Beis Habechira Shiurim
There are several shiurim throughout the Crown Heights about  Hilchos Beis Habechira. The three weeks is a time to increase in learning these halachos. For times and locations click here
    
 
 Ceiling in 770 is replaced 
Renovating 770
Renovating 770 | Photograph: Meir Elfasi, Shturem

This week work started to remove the dropped ceiling upstairs in 770 and replace it with a new one. The last time it was replaced was 30 years ago.

The old ceiling will be transferred to the Chabad House in Los Angeles headed by the head shliach Rabbi Shlomo Cunin who is funding the expensesof renovations in 770.

Shturem.net heard mixed feelings about the move. Some welcomed it while others don't like the change in the memories they have in the building of the Rebbe. Comments

    
 
 Rabbi joins police chaplain program 
Rabbi Estrin
Rabbi Estrin

Rabbi Elie Estrin, who runs Chabad’s University of Washington organization, has just finished training as a Seattle Community Police Chaplain. He’s the only rabbi of about 30 chaplains, a mix of clergy and lay people, and only one of two Jews.

The volunteer chaplain force assists police in giving tragic news to families of accident and crime victims, including death notification. Although they are accompanied by a uniformed officer, their work frees other officers to do more specific police duties. Continue

    
 
 Court Rules In Favor of Condo's Right to Remove Mezuzah 

(lubavitch.com) A federal court ruling that denied a Chicago condo resident’s right to hang a mezuzah on her front door incensed a local legislator and surprised area rabbis.

“The mezuzah is a symbol that is as important as an American flag. To me, it’s protected by the first amendment,” retired Alderman Burton F. Natarus told Lubavitch.com. “I may have to heat up the drums” and take action against the ruling. Continue

    
 
 West wing dedicated at newly expanded Chabad Center 
Consul general of Israel to the Southwest, Asher Yarden, joined Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, Texas regional director of Chabad Lubavitch, in affixing the mezuzah to the front doorway of the newly expanded C
Consul general of Israel to the Southwest, Asher Yarden, joined Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, Texas regional director of Chabad Lubavitch, in affixing the mezuzah to the front doorway of the newly expanded C | Photograph: MICHAEL C. DUKE
Hundreds of Houstonians from across the Jewish community turned out for the Chabad Center’s west wing dedication. The ceremony included a Chinese auction, cocktail reception and concert with Benny Friedman and Chony Milecki.

The evening’s emcee, Dr. David Cotlar, reflected on the significance of the occasion, and commented on the building’s symbolic architectural features. In particular, he noted the impact the Chabad Center, and the Lazaroff family, have had over the past three decades on greater Houston’s Jewish communal life. Continue for more and photo gallery

 

 

    
 
 Chabad Retreat in Salt Lake City Draws Jews from Boise, Plano, Missoula . . . 

(lubavitch.com) Nadine Veibell is still looking for words to adequately capture her experience at the National Jewish Retreat over the Fourth of July weekend at a resort in Park City, Utah.

“All I can say is ‘Wow!’ I had an awakening. At 41 years old, I found the connection I seemed to be looking for my whole life,” Veibell said. Continue

    
 
 Yud Beis Tamuz farbrengen with Reb Yoel 

At about 11 PM last night Rabbi Yoel Kahn sat down to farbreng with members of the Kolel.

Reb Yoel related stories and episodes of the arrest and release of the Previous Rebbe correlated with Sichos from the Rebbe.

    
 
 Gallery of Yud Beis Tamuz farbrengen in 770 
Photograph: Meir Elfasi, Shturem

Hundreds of Anash residents of Crown Heights, Temimim and residents from the New York area came to 770 last night to participate in a Yud Beis Tamuz farbrengen.

Attending he farbrengen included members of the Chabad Beth Din of Crown Heights, Rabbi Avrohom Ozdoba and Rabbi Aaron Yaakov Shwei as well as Rabbi Sholom Mendel Simpson and Rabbi Nachman Shapiro. Click here for photo gallery

    
 
 Jewish Outreach on Campus Expands by Leaps and Bounds 
Some of the newest Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries on college campuses pause for a group picture at the annual Chabad on Campus International Conference.
Some of the newest Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries on college campuses pause for a group picture at the annual Chabad on Campus International Conference.
When Rabbi Shlomo and Chanie Silverman return to Pittsburgh in the coming weeks, they will join an ever-expanding army of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries dedicated to strengthening Jewish pride among college students.

You could say that the mission is in the Silvermans’ blood.

“My wife and I both grew up in families where helping Jewish students, especially in Pittsburgh, was the primary focus,” explained Silverman just after the conclusion of the annual Chabad on Campus International Conference, held this year in Kerhonkson, N.Y.Continue

    
 
 Mordechai Ben David cries with the crowd 
Photograph: Meir Elfasi, Shturem
A half year ago in the middle of the summer a young girl named Aliza Shwab a daughter of a Chabad member of a Chabad House in N. Miami, drowned in a swimming pool and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. She was unconscious and on aritificial life support. After a while the doctors gave up hope and wanted to detach her from the life support machine but the family vehemently opposed it. Click here for the rest and to watch a video
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