The Rebbe's (semi-)WeeklyShiur in Medrash is back on!!!
Wednesdays at 2:15 pm (Central)
Milwaukee - At
the Rebbe's home (for men).
Eretz Yisroel - The shiur will be Skyped to one location in Yerushalayim. Call Reb Yankel Twerski in Eretz Yisroel to join that chaburah.
Kol Halashon - In the U.S., call 718-395-2440. In Eretz Yisroel, call 03-617-1111, or 052-718-1818, or 052-999-9777. To hear the shiur live,press "*" when prompted, and wait for the Rebbe's name. To hear the shiur afterwards, call the above numbers, dial "1" for English and then"27" for the Rebbe's name.
As an aside, I appreciate greatly those who emailed and expressed interest in the blog's "techiyas hameisim". As of now, I am not able to devote the requisite time to new content and upkeep, but b'ezras Hashem, I hope to start up again at some time in the future.
In honor of the Yom Tov season, Rav Benzion has suspended the regular order of Tanya and is teaching the third chelek which deals with the process of Teshuva according to Chassidus: DOWNLOAD IGERES HATESHUVA PART 1
For your viewing pleasure, here is a clip of the Rebbe, shlit"a,
dancing at the recent Silverman-Twerski wedding in Milwaukee. Somehow,
no matter how much physical pain and discomfort the Rebbe experiences, when it
comes to hakafos on SimchasTorah or dancing mitzva tantz at a chasunah,
he seems to forget it all and display supernatural energy and strength. May the Rebbe always have the ability to dance as he does in this
video! (Click "READ MORE" to go to the video.)
Whenever the city lays a sidewalk, the name of the city is imprinted in the new slabs of cement, along with the year in which they were poured. Between the Rebbe's house and the shul there are some new slabs that have recently replaced the old, crumbling ones, and hence, have been stamped "City of Milwaukee 2012". The rest of the sidewalk slabs each boast the year in which they were poured and set. Some read 2001, others 1997, and some go back to the 80's or before.
We are not concrete. People are meant to grow, to change, never to remain the same. But if we take a penetrating, honest look at ourselves, when was the last time we really changed? Five years? Ten years? Perhaps longer?
The Rebbe, shlit"a, returned last week from a two week stay in Switzerland. He went for the chasunah of his grandson (son of Rav Efraim from Chicago) and stayed on an extra week to rest a bit. Twelve years ago, the Rebbe composed his famous "Ilu Finu" nigun in the same mountains where he spent the last week. In any event, the chasunah was mamish something spectacular, as I heard from a number of those present. Thanks to Ely Weisz of Chicago who was there and sent me the above picture along with the following:
The Medrash clearly states that contact with a corpse is not what renders one a tamei meis, nor is the water of the Para Aduma what restores one's state of purity, rather it is a Divine decree that does both. That being the case, the question is why? In addition, assuming tumah is negative, how can fulfilling a great mitzvah such as caring for a meis mitzvah result in tumas meis? In this shiur, the Rebbe starts out with these two questions. The second half is about the contemplation that should result from visiting with death. What is our legacy going to be? Most people let life make demands on them and get swept away without ever pausing for long enough to get in the driver seat of their own legacy. While pinpointing our unique mission specifically can be a lifelong endeavor, the Rebbe offered a few general yet extremely insightful and fundamental guidelines for creating a "Jewish legacy."