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Join Us in Shining a Light on Miscarriage and Stillbirth

February 28, 2023 3:11 PM

Dear Reader,

It is estimated that about 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Someone who has experienced the traumatic loss of a miscarriage or stillbirth may feel a range of intense emotions. Unfortunately, these feelings are often not discussed and the pain from silence creates a loneliness that augments the suffering.

For this reason, thejewishwoman.org has created a special section for those who have experienced this loss. We share intimate, personal stories of women whose dreams have been shattered and how they ultimately found faith and consolation. We also share the answers to common questions and the messages to family and friends.

I invite you to peruse this section and share it with someone who may find solace in reading these perspectives. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts, reflections or feedback.

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW

The Tehillim App You’ve Been Waiting For!

February 26, 2023 1:35 PM

“If you only knew the power of reciting Tehillim and their effect in the highest Heavens,” said the third Rebbe of Chabad, “you would recite them constantly.”

Indeed, through joy and sorrow, the well thumbed Tehillim (Psalms), filled with the emotionally charged words of King David, is the beloved companion of the Jew.

And now, Kehot Publication Society and Chabad.org have released a new app that makes “saying Tehillim” easier than ever.

At its core, the app presents a crisp digital version of the beloved Tehillim Ohel Yosef Yitzchak with English translation.

But that’s just the beginning of its many functionalities.

It provides the daily portion of Tehillim for those who follow the monthly cycle (as per the common custom) as well as those who wish to complete the entire Tehillim on a weekly basis.

Facilitating the practice of reciting the Psalm that corresponds to one’s age as well as those of their loved ones, the app offers the option to add chapters, which are automatically calculated by inputting their Hebrew or secular birthdays. The chapters then auto-increment on each person’s birthday.

It also can display Psalm 20 on days when it is to be said as well as groupings of Psalms for special customs and occasions, such as the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul to Yom Kippur, births, weddings, funerals, when praying for healing, etc. In instances where the litany includes the verses in Psalm 119 that spell out a person’s name, that too can be easily added.

Conveniently, the app does not require an active internet connection to run and is perfect for use just about anywhere, including on planes, trains, and just about anywhere else you may wish to recite Tehillim.

In order to create the sleek and eminently functional app, Kehot staff worked to research the various details of how and when to recite Tehillim as taught by the Rebbes throughout the generations and then work out how they could be integrated into a seamless digital experience.

The app was developed by the team at Gorin Systems. “They really understood the vision for this app and went the extra mile to ensure that the users of this app would get an unparalleled experience,” says Rabbi Meir Simcha Kogan, director of Chabad.org. “The Chabad.org app team is grateful to have such great partners.”

The Tehillim App is sponsored by the Ainsworth family in loving memory of their parents, Tzvi and Itty Ainsworth. Appropriately it was released on 3 Adar, Tzvi Ainsworth’s 70th birthday.

Click here to access the new Tehillim App for Android or iOS.

Our New Section on Miscarriage and Stillbirth

February 22, 2023 1:01 PM

Dear Reader,

Miscarriages and stillbirths are much more common than most people realize. It is estimated that about 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, but the actual number may be much higher.

Every miscarriage or pregnancy loss is different, and someone who has experienced this traumatic loss often feels a range of emotions and is emotionally and physically drained. In fact, emotional healing usually takes longer than physical recovery. It is normal for someone who had a miscarriage to feel shock and sadness, grief and emptiness, anger or irrational guilt, and even anxiety about future pregnancies.

Although miscarriages and stillbirths are common, the feelings following a pregnancy loss are, unfortunately, often not discussed. The pain from this silence creates a loneliness that augments the suffering.

For this reason, thejewishwoman.org has created a special section on miscarriage and stillbirth. We want those who have experienced this loss to have a home where they can express their feelings and find a perspective in their journey toward healing.

In this section, we share with you the intimate, personal stories of women whose hopes and dreams have been shattered and how they ultimately found faith and consolation. We also share the answers to common questions and the messages to family and friends they want us all to hear.

I invite you to peruse this section and share it with someone who may find solace in reading these perspectives. As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts, reflections or feedback.

While none of us can comprehend the ways of G‑d nor the reason why we need to experience suffering, we know that everything G‑d does happens for a Divine purpose (Avot 6:11). In sharing with one another, and in alleviating the loneliness of silence, it is our hope that we can bring some consolation.

May we quickly experience that time when G‑d will wipe away the tears from every face, forever.

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW

What Makes You Happy?

February 19, 2023

Dear Reader,

On Wednesday we usher in the joyous month of Adar, which includes the fun-filled holiday of Purim. The sages tell us that “when Adar arrives, we increase in joy.” Note that the sages did not just say “become joyous” but to “increase in joy.” The Rebbe points out that this enjoins us to bring joy to others as well.

What do you do to make yourself—and others—happy? Why do you find that happiness is so central to living a full Jewish life?

Please leave us a comment telling us your thoughts, insights and tips on how to fulfill this month’s special mitzvah!

With wishes for a joy-filled month,

Your Friends @ Chabad.org

The Chabad.org Family Mourns the Passing of Henya Federman

February 9, 2023 1:42 PM
Rabbi Asher and Henya Federman surrounded by some of their children.
Rabbi Asher and Henya Federman surrounded by some of their children.

Chabad.org deeply mourns the passing of Henya Federman, of blessed memory, devoted mother, wife, and shluchah to the Virgin Islands.

Together with her husband, Rabbi Asher, she established the Chabad House on St. Thomas in 2005, serving thousands of Jewish locals and tourists for more than 18 years. She left a deep impression on everyone she came in contact with, inspiring people from all walks of life to increase their connection to G‑d and spread goodness and kindness across the globe. Her influence will continue for generations to come.

Along with countless others around the world, we send our heartfelt condolences to her husband, children, parents, siblings and the entire Shmotkin-Federman family.

And at Chabad.org, we feel this most closely regarding her brother, Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin, Chabad.org’s executive director.

If you wish to join us in sending messages of support and love to the family, please do so in the comments section below.

And join us in the traditional wish to the mourners that “the Omnipresent comfort you among the rest of the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”: Hamakom yenachem etchem betoch shaar avelei Tziyon viYrushalayim.

May the family know of no more sorrow, and may we ALL be reunited very soon with Henya with the coming of Moshiach.

With love and sorrow,

The Chabad.org Family

P.S. All messages left in the comments section below will, G‑d willing, be brought to the grieving family during the course of Shiva.

Click here to read about the life and impact of Mrs. Henya Federman
Click here to read a transcript of her speech at the 2006 Conference of Chabad Women Emmiseries
Click here to hear her speaking at the 2014 Conference of Chabad Women Emmiseries
Click here to donate to the Federman Family Fund

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