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Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson is the rabbi of Beit Baruch and executive director of Chabad of Belgravia, London, where he lives with his wife, Chana, and children.
Mendel was an editor at the Judaism Website—Chabad.org and is also the author of the popular books Seeds of Wisdom and A Time to Heal.
The Mistake of the Generation of the Dispersal and the Secret to Immortality
In all of nine verses, the Book of Genesis tells the story of an ancient civilization being dismantled.Genesis 11:1-9. This is the story of the people who constructed the ill-famed Tower of Babel, provoking G‑d and causing their dispersal and the abandonm...
The History of a Longstanding Tradition
Access seems like an innocent enough word, and an uninspiring enough concept. After all, it suggests that the giver of access created nothing of his or her own, and merely distributed the products of someone else’s genius. But, in fact, an increase in acc...
The greatest motivator for extraordinary human endeavor is a sense of purpose and mission.
To be successful in this relentless inner struggle, we need to build up an arsenal of meditations and exercises that strengthen our willpower and self-control.
But for the impossible to become possible, many things had to happen—not least of which was the spreading of the infectious human virtue we call courage.
Letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the topic of loss and mourning: By the Grace of G‑d Tishrei 13, 5728 [October 17, 1967] Brooklyn, NY Mr. Ariel Sharon, Greeting and blessings! I was deeply grieved to read in the newspaper about the tragic loss of you...
When tragedy strikes—especially a tragedy of such magnitude as the Holocaust—even those with a strong belief in G‑d are often confronted with painful theological questions.
On several occasions and in different contexts, the Rebbe spoke out against those who sought to blame disasters—either impending ones or those already visited upon the nation of Israel—on a lack of Torah observance.
Especially after a communal tragedy, it is important that leaders maintain a clarity of purpose, steering their communities toward rebuilding as a cohesive unit, emphasizing the importance of camaraderie and unity as a vehicle for divine blessing.
After a period of intense mourning, the Rebbe issued a call for action.
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