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Parshah Curiosities: Lech Lecha
The portion of Lech-Lecha begins with G-d calling Abraham to his destiny. Strangely, in the glowing promises of the glorious future awaiting him, the Torah specifically mentions a name change. But why would modifying something as external as a name be suc...
This special collage shows individuals coming by the Rebbe, and receiving a lesson about the meaning and power of their Jewish names. (Collage)
Following an hours-long nocturnal struggle, as dawn breaks, a strange verbal exchange begins between Jacob and the mysterious creature that viciously attacked and maimed him. Fascinating analysis of the conversation’s contents lead us into a discovery of ...
What's in a name?
Life’s journeys through the lens of kabbalah
What is the significance of a Jewish name, and do our names define who we are? Why do we need to do a "brit" (circumcision) and what happens spiritually at that time?
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Shemot contains 124 verses and the mnemonic for are the words ‘vayikach’ and ‘maday’. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
Parshah Curiosities: Shemot
The second book of the Torah, which is called the Book of Names, begins with again listing the names of the twelve tribes. Explore the importance and influence of a name, and other intriguing curios on Jewish names. For example, why don’t we find referenc...
Sarah’s Courage: Lesson 6
G‑d changes the name Sarai to Sarah. What influence do our names have on us? Can a change of name create a change in destiny?
A talk in honor of the 32nd yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s brother, Reb Yisrael Aryeh Leib. In Jewish law, if someone has both a Jewish and secular name, the Jewish name comes first in legal documents. Similarly, if parents wish to give their child a Hebrew name...
Rabbi Zvi Hartman is an esteemed Chassidic mentor in Beit Shemesh, Israel. In the 1960s, he served as Principal of Bet Sefer Lemlacha for vocational training in Kfar Chabad, Israel. After being married for some five years without being able to have childr...
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