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Jan 21 2018, Shevat 5, 5778
Torah reading: Bo

Farbrengens

The Spiritual Ice Bucket Challenge

By Rabbi Akiva Wagner   The year was 5746 (1985). I was a young bochur, learning in Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon, Chabad, in Los Angeles. Our means of staying in touch with Beis Chayenu was via a little room – hardly more than a closet – in the zal that was known as the “hook-up” room. That room … Read more

The Parah Aduma – Are You Really Rational?

By Rabbi Akiva Wagner   Rabbi Wagner relates: the 4th of Nissan, will be the yahrzeit of my father R’ Refoel Menachem Nachum ben R’ Yitzchok Eizik z”l. Among other things, my father was a master story-teller. He had an appropriate story for every occasion, which was always both entertaining and educating. When we were children, in … Read more

Elul – The King Is In The Field

By Rabbi Akiva Wagner   Rabbi Reuven Dunin of blessed memory was a one-of-a-kind Chassid, shliach, and mashpia (chassidic mentor)—Someone  truly unique. He made his first acquaintance with Chabad when he walked into the study hall of the Chabad Yeshivah, Tomchei T’mimim, in Lud Israel wearing khaki shorts. Something completely out of place to the environment there.  Later, … Read more

Traveling To The Rebbe

By Rabbi Akiva Wagner   Rabbi Yossi Zaltzman, shliach of the Rebbe to the Russian Jews of Toronto, shared the following story about his grandfather, R’ Avrohom Zaltzman, at a recent farbrengen: R’ Avremel Zaltzman was a yungerman about 5 years after his chasunah, and, sadly, there were no children. They had been to physicians, … Read more