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Friday, February 20, 2009

Rabbi David B. Hollander

Rabbi David B. Hollander
In time for the end of the thirtieth day of mourning period of Rabbi David B. Hollander, our very own Dovid Zaklikowski wrote an article about Rabbi Hollander on the Chabad-Lubavitch News site: Rabbi David B. Hollander, Defender of Jewish Faith and Practice, Passes Away

A video was also posted: Rabbi Hollander Speaks the "Language of Lubavitch"

Here are two additional videos on the Rebbe site, in partnership with Jewish Educational Media, from the Living Torah series.

The first is of Rabbi Hollander receiving a dollar from the Rebbe where the Rebbe speaks to him about an article he wanted to write: Communicating for History

And in the second Rabbi Hollander describes an audience he had with the Rebbe when he wanted to retire from his position as Rabbi at the Hebrew Alliance synagogue: “A Rabbi for Life”

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Rebbe on Financial Difficulty

Zalmon Jaffe, Mel Landow and Jeffery Kimball whose letters from the Rebbe, amongst others, are featured on Chabad.org

Businessmen from all walks of life would write to the Rebbe seeking advice on their business endeavors. Chabad.org collected the Rebbe’s correspondence to some of these individuals in response to their questions during times of financial crisis.

The correspondence covers, amongst other topics, how to cope when business is down, should one stop giving Tzedakah when business is slow, how to make a business decision when in doubt and should one retire when there is a financial crisis in the world.

You could read the letters in their entirety by clicking here

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Tu B'Shevat - The New Year for Trees

Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar -- celebrated this year on Monday, February 9, 2009 -- is the day that marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Follow the following links for more information about this holiday and the ideas it represents:

Tu B'Shevat - The New Year for Trees

Tu B'Shevat in a Minute

The Tree - a story from the Talmud

Branches (or: People are Not Cars)

A Tree's New Year Resolution

Blossoms in the Winter?

The Human Tree

Tu B'Shevat for Kids

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Shevat 10: A Day of Two Rebbes

Shevat 10

Today is the 10th of Shevat, the yahrtzeit (anniversary of passing) of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, who passed away in 1950. On that fateful day, leadership of the world-wide Chabad-Lubavitch movement passed on to his son-in-law and successor, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, universally known as “the Rebbe.”

For the Rebbe’s countless followers and admirers, this is a day for introspection and recommitment to the ideals that the Rebbe championed throughout the decades of his leadership: love of G-d, Torah, and every Jew; and utilizing these tools to bring holiness and meaning to every corner of the world.

Please click here to visit our Yud Shevat section for more about the significance of this historic day, as well as suggested observances.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

New Section: Economy - Surviving and surmounting the current financial crunch


Due to the continuing economic crisis which is unfortunately first and foremost on so many people’s minds these days, Chabad.org has launched a special Economy Section devoted to presenting the Jewish perspective on the difficult situation.

This site includes: Several specially produced videos and animations, embedded into the section’s homepage; numerous inspirational articles on the topics of money, the economy, and coping with difficult times, including a selection of letters from the Rebbe on the topic; a section on tzedakah, with emphasis on giving during hard times, and a folder with timely stories.

A special feature of this section is the practical tips section, containing both suggestions submitted by our readers, as well as articles penned by experts.

We also have greeting cards created specifically for tough financial times.

Click here to visit this new section.