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Eclipses: Fate or Freedom?
One can calculate in advance when eclipses will occur. Yet the Talmud appears to say that they happen as a result of human failings. Which is it?
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
The life and legacy of the Rebbe’s father
Honoring Groom and Bride
Menachem and Devorah Emanuel were married in Crown Heights in 1983. On the day of their wedding, they received an invitation from the Rebbe to hold their first Sheva Brachos at the Rebbe’s Farbrengen...
Exile + 1 = Redemption
Hebrew, the Holy Tongue, is utterly precise. In Hebrew, “Exile” is called “Golah.” But this very word also hints the path to redemption. By inserting the letter Alef, the word “Golah —...
When a person is uprooted from his habitual environment... there come to light certain traits of his inner character as they are in their purity, undistorted by the expectations of society. Often, these traits reveal the hidden good in this person, of which perhaps even he himself had been unaware, because they were hidden under the layers of “manners” and social conventions. Fortunate is the person who does not allow these traits to disappear when he subsequently settles down and finds tranquility.
— From a 1944 letter by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, recalling his days as a refugee in Vichy France is a joint project of and Jewish Educational Media