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R' Bentzion Rader
 Heres My Story: How Important Is It to You? 
Mr. Bentzion Rader was a practicing chartered accountant in London, England for almost forty years. He enjoyed a personal relationship with the Rebbe from 1966, and was interviewed for JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project ■ Before my first visit with the Rebbe in 1966, I’d had no contact with him. At the time, I was facing difficulties in my business as a result of the tragic death of my partner.I had heard a lot about the Rebbe, and when a friend suggested I consult him, I jumped at the chance ■ more
    
 
A Shlichus Story
 Judaism in the Abstract & the Concrete 
Rabbi Kaplan and PM Harper
Rabbi Kaplan and PM Harper | Photograph: Chabad.org
THERE WERE only two children present at the Shabbat service of Chabad of Rehavia last Saturday. Nonetheless, despite the absence of baby carriages and very junior congregants, the men’s section was packed and the women’s section was almost full. Part of the reason that so many people braved the snow and the cold was to listen to guest speaker Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, who heads Chabad in Toronto and was a member of the entourage of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper ■ more
    
 
Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier
 Parshas Bo: The Jewish Inferiority Complex 
The Jewish Inferiority Complex: A Jewish diamond merchant was heading to a lunch meeting with several non-Jewish clients. Nearing the restaurant, they passed several orthodox teenagers clad in baseball caps and jeans, clearly trying to blend in. One of the clients turned to the Jewish merchant and said, "It's a shame that these boys aren't proud of who they are. One of the reasons our firm does business with you is because we see that you're a proud Jew ■ more
    
 
Rashi's Torah, Rashi's Campus
 Groundbreaking and Hachnosas Sefer Torah 
It is hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since Rashi Minkowitz, Shlucha, mother, daughter and wife has passed away. The shock and horror of her premature passing left a deep imprint on us all. We can each remember exactly where we stood, when we heard the tragic news ■ more
    
 
In Front of the Baby
 Shaarei Chinuch Directive of the Day 
Chinuch Hora'ah of the Day: Regarding a baby, who is not able to be involved in this himself, his parents can buy him a letter in a Sefer Torah…Yet, it would be appropriate that this action (placing the money into an envelope, writing the child’s information, writing the address, etc.) should be done in front of the baby ■ more
    
 
The Chassidishe Parsha
 Betzem Hayom Hazeh Yatzu Kol Tzivos Hashem 
“Betzem Hayom Hazeh Yatzu Kol Tzivos Hashem …” The Maamar of this week’s Parsha discusses the verse that describes the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. The verse states that “On the essence of this day all the Tzivos Hashem left Mitzrayim”. Who were the “Tzivos Hashem” that left Egypt? Why is this term used to describe the exodus of the Jewish people? The Sages [Brachos 31a] state that from the time of creation until the times of Chanah, the mother of Shmuel, there was no one who called Hashem Tzeva-os. Chanah was the first one who called Hashem “Havayah Tzeva-os”. In merit of this calling, Hashem promised Chanah that her son Shmuel would prophesize using this name ■ more
    
 
Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz
 Parshas Bo: Bringing Redemption Closer 
Join Shliach Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz's weekly short Parsha video. This week, Parshas Bo, Rabbi Minkowicz answers the timely question: "How can we bring redemption closer ■ to the video
    
 
Chassidim Ayn Mishpocho
 Shaykevitz - Kapeluchnik Chasene Gallery 
Shaykevitz - Kapeluchnik Chasene Gallery
Shaykevitz - Kapeluchnik Chasene Gallery | Photograph: Nitai Abel/Shturem
Mazel Tov! Last night the Shaykevitz (Nachlas Har Chabad) and Kapeluchnik (Yerushalayim) families celebrated the marriage of their children HaTomim Refoel Shimon and Sora Miriam ■ more
    
 
Hafotzo for Children
 Shaarei Chinuch Directive of the Day 
Chinuch Horo'ah of the Day:" ... It is necessary to point out that this spreading of Torah and Yiddishkeit, and the spreading of the wellsprings applies to each and every person, big and small, men, women and children. Each and every person can and must be convinced to influence others ■ more
    
 
Take the MyLife Challenge
 Can You Make Chassidus Practical? 
 In honor of the Alter Rebbe’s 202nd yahrzeit on Chof Daled Teves, and first anniversary of the acclaimed MyLife: Chassidus Applied webcast series, the Meaningful Life Center has launched the MyLife: Essay Contest and will award $10,000 to the winning essay which applies a concept or idea in Chassidus to solve a contemporary life issue or challenge. Contest details can be found online at www.meaningfullife.com/mylife/contest ■ more
    
 
Electric Atmosphere
 Alter Rebbe's Progeny Gather for Melave Malka 
Descendants of Alter Rebbe Gather in Inspiration: Hundreds of descendents of the Alter Rebbe gathered for the annual Melava Malka and an evening of great inspiration making a Siyum  of the Shulchon Oruch of the Alter Rebbe and singing his Nigunim ■ Rabbi Groner said that the Rebbe stressed that “A Yid, every Yid, has to learn Chassidus ■ more
    
 
International Tanach Contest
 Chabad.org Editor Comes in Second 
Photograph: Chabad.org
The Chabad.org team is blessed with incredibly talented writers, programmers, “Ask the Rabbi” responders, reporters and editors. We were thrilled to learn that Rabbi Alexander Heppenheimer, a copy editor on our editorial team, earned second place in the International Bible (Tanach) Contest for Adults ■ more
    
 
Video of the Day
 Oholei Torah Salutes its Staff 
Photograph: Moishy Lew
Video of the Day: A evening of appreciation and honor to the Staff, Faculty and PTA members of Oholei Torah, 19th Teves 5775 ■ as Rabbi Garelick so eloquently said in his keynote address ”and now we finally have a Dinner where all the melmadim are sitting at the Head Table  ■ more 
    
 
Purifying the Air
 Shaarei Chinuch Directive of the Day 
Chinuch Horo'ah of the Day: The notion of purifying the air through reciting words of Torah by heart, especially Mishnayos by heart, should be publicized ■ more
    
 
Vaad Or Vechom
 Global Initiative in Honor of Yud Shvat 
GLOBAL INITIATIVE IN HONOR OF YUD SHVAT: As we find ourselves in the final two weeks of Hachanah for this upcoming Yud and Yud-Aleph Shvat, Vaad Or Vechom Hahiskashrus invites fellow Chassidim around the world to join together in a two part study session as we learn the Maamar Bosi Legani 5715 ■ more
    
 
Monsey Unites
 Diverse Crowd at Siyum HaRambam 

On Motzei Shabbos Shemos, a diverse crowd from different communities all around Monsey came to join in the celebration of the conclusion of the 33rd cycle of learning three chapters of Rambam daily and Sefer Hamitzvos ■ The event was arranged by Beis Menachem Mendel Lubavitch of Pomona under the leadership of Rabbi Dovid Weber, in conjunction with NCFJE of Rockland ■ more

    

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