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By Dovid Taub

The idea of G-d wanting a home in this world is one that comes up a lot and is a central theme in Chassidic Philosophy. So it's one that I thought about quite often. Usually I think of it in terms of us making the world a Home for G-d by filling it with things we know make Him happy, and by making it clear that it (the world) belongs to Him. And the Mishkan (the portable temple that we learn about in this week'sTorah Portion) is an even more tangible representation of that.

But while I was researching ideas for this vignette, I came across a different way of looking at it that I hadn't thought about before--thatG-d wants a home for us and Him, because he desires such a close relationship with us, like a family, that we need our own private home where we can fully experience that closeness.

I just thought that this way of looking at it was so beautiful, that I wanted to share it. Of course, my version of beautiful comes out as quirky and absurd.

Click here to watch the new Stick Figure Vignette, "Privacy".

The Rebbe on Financial Difficulty

Zalmon Jaffe, Mel Landow and Jeffery Kimball whose letters from the Rebbe, amongst others, are featured on

Businessmen from all walks of life would write to the Rebbe seeking advice on their business endeavors. collected the Rebbe’s correspondence to some of these individuals in response to their questions during times of financial crisis.

The correspondence covers, amongst other topics, how to cope when business is down, should one stop giving Tzedakah when business is slow, how to make a business decision when in doubt and should one retire when there is a financial crisis in the world.

You could read the letters in their entirety by clicking here

Tu B'Shevat - The New Year for Trees

Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar -- celebrated this year on Monday, February 9, 2009 -- is the day that marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Follow the following links for more information about this holiday and the ideas it represents:

Tu B'Shevat - The New Year for Trees

Tu B'Shevat in a Minute

The Tree - a story from the Talmud

Branches (or: People are Not Cars)

A Tree's New Year Resolution

Blossoms in the Winter?

The Human Tree

Tu B'Shevat for Kids

Tu Beshvat Program @ JCC

Please join us for an erev Tu b'Shevat celebration this Sunday at the JCC. Look forward to seeing you there!
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Shevat 10: A Day of Two Rebbes

Shevat 10

Today is the 10th of Shevat, the yahrtzeit (anniversary of passing) of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, who passed away in 1950. On that fateful day, leadership of the world-wide Chabad-Lubavitch movement passed on to his son-in-law and successor, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, universally known as “the Rebbe.”

For the Rebbe’s countless followers and admirers, this is a day for introspection and recommitment to the ideals that the Rebbe championed throughout the decades of his leadership: love of G-d, Torah, and every Jew; and utilizing these tools to bring holiness and meaning to every corner of the world.

Please click here to visit our Yud Shevat section for more about the significance of this historic day, as well as suggested observances.

Yud Shevat Farbrengen & Webcast w/ Rabbi YY Jacobson

In honor of Yud Shevat Shnas Hakhel, Chabad Lubavitch Center will host a farbrengen for Men with a live webcast from Rabbi YY Jacobson. Please join us for this global farbrengen -- an evening of study, song & inspiration. Rabbi Jacobson's webcast is in the merit of the shliach Levi Yitzchak ben Tzirel, for a complete and speedy recovery, bekarov mammash.


8:00 pm: Maariv

8:30 pm: Farbrengen

9:00 pm: Rabbi Jacobson will lead a study of this year’s section of “Basi Legani,” with text and elaborate explanation in English.

9:30 pm: Review and discussion of a powerful “Seyum Mesechta” (Makos) which the Rebbe presented on Yud Shevat 5725 (1965), of the millienia-long struggle between Rome and Jerusalem.

10:15: Melodies and inspirational ideas and life-messages for Yud Shevat.

Date, Time & Location:
Tuesday evening, the night of Yud Shevat, February 3, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Chabad Lubavitch Center Assembly Hall 
Second Level

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