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August 30, 2015 / 15 Elul, 5775
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Funeral for Rabbi Yekutiel Menachem Rapp, obm

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The funeral for Rabbi Yekutiel Menachem Rapp, 66, obm, was scheduled to pass by World Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York at approximately 3:45 pm local time on Tuesday (June 30 / 13 Tamuz).

Rabbi Rapp is survived by his wife Fayge Rapp, his children Chaya Mushka Moskowitz, Chanie, Yossi and Schneur Zalman, as well as his elderly mother who resides in Israel.

The rabbi was struck and killed on Monday in a tragic hit-and-run accident when the driver of a livery cab reversed out of a parking spot and struck him multiple times while he was standing near the crosswalk on Empire Boulevard and Balfour Place. Rabbi Rapp was waiting for a ride to the synagogue at the time of his demise.

Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yekutiel Rapp, 66, Passes

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Well-known Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yekutiel Menachem Rapp, 66, was struck and killed Monday night by a hit-and-run driver in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (Yud-Beis Tamus, June 29.)

The rabbi was struck near the crosswalk on Empire Boulevard and Balfour Place while standing and waiting for a ride to the yeshiva, Crown Heights.info reported. According to the report, a livery cab driver struck the rabbi while reversing out of a parking spot.

Although emergency responders arrived immediately and rushed him to nearby Kings County Hospital, he passed away shortly after.

Rabbi Rapp served as a Mashgiach and Mashpiah (administrator and spiritual guide) in Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva in the World Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway.

The rabbi was a beloved and prominent figure in the community. He often quoted the views of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the importance of keeping Israel safe by refraining from negotiating land swaps for peace.

He is survived by his wife, Fayge, and their children Chaya Mushka Moskowitz, Chanie, Yossi and Shneur Zalman, all of Crown Heights. He is also survied by his elderly mother, who lives in Israel.

Baruch Dayan HaEmes.

Chabad Emissaries Fight Arson Attack With Holy Fire in Los Angeles

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

A Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and his co-emissary wife in Los Angeles is determined to fight an arson attack the Jewish way.

Rabbi Sholom Ber Rodal, co-director of Chabad of Mt. Olympus with his wife Rochela called on “all Jewish women and girls to light the Shabbat candles, bless your loved ones and ask for security and health for us and for the extended community” last week.

He also announced plans for a “Great Tefillin Wrap” on Sunday morning for men and boys over age 13, to take place in his Los Angeles neighborhood Jewish center.

The mitzvah campaign came in response to a vicious arson attack on the rabbi’s car in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

“We were awakened by the blaring of a car alarm and what sounded like gunfire, explosions and fireworks,” Rodal told Chabad.org. “It was 2 am. My wife and I ran out to see what was going on. To our shock and disbelief, we saw our car engulfed in a blazing inferno of fire.

“There were explosions coming out of it every few seconds. We immediately woke up the children from their beds and we ran with them outside, far down the street – fearful that the fire would spread to the house.”

The flames incinerated the vehicle, destroying prayer books and other holy items, including tefillin (phylacteries) and mezuzahs.

Arsonists incinerated the car belonging to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Sholom Ber Rodal in Mt. Olympus, Los Angeles, in front of his home.

Arsonists incinerated the car belonging to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Sholom Ber Rodal in Mt. Olympus, Los Angeles, in front of his home.

Police and firefighters responded immediately to the alarm and miraculously the damage was contained solely to the vehicle. Security cameras in the area provided a time line as to what took place in the moments prior to the conflagration.

“Two people can be clearly seen breaking into my car and setting it on fire with prepared materials,” the rabbi said. “It is very clear that it was a deliberate and targeted arson attack, and potentially more serious, pending the investigation.”

Although the Los Angeles Fire Department arson division has launched an investigation, there have been no arrests thus far.

“We feel pretty secure,” the rabbi said, noting that police had increased patrols in the area. “In Chassidic tradition, we are taught that everything that happens is for a purpose and for the lesson to be drawn to inspire us for the future,” Rodal mused. “What is the lesson here?”

Numerous people have already responded to his call for increased mitzvahs, he noted, with college students from the community posting photos of their activities on Facebook. Those who are currently in Israel on the Taglit-Birthright program showed their candle-lighting just prior to the start of the Sabbath because of what happened, he noted. A young man sent a photo of putting on tefillin.

“We will not deviate from our mission to provide care for the spiritual and physical needs of our dear community,” the rabbi asserted. “While we take the proper security measures, we know and trust that God is guiding and watching over us and that we are protected.”

Rabbi Binyomin Klein, Member of Secretariat to Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l, 79, Passes Away

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Rabbi Binyomin Klein, 79, long-time aide and member of the secretariat of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zt’l passed away on Friday morning in Brooklyn, New York. He will be remembered as the “Rebbe’s Ambassador” to Israeli officials.

Rabbi Klein also served on the boards of several major governing bodies of Chabad, including Machneh Israel, the social service arm of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Rabbi Klein was the liaison for Israeli diplomats, political, military and other leaders from Israel who came to see the Rebbe. During the 1977 visit of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, the Rebbe introduced Rabbi Klein to the Prime Minister as “my general.”

Rabbi Klein was born in 1935 to Menachem and Rochel Klein. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised by his father, who headed the Jerusalem Chevra Kadisha, the Jewish burial society. As a teen he studied in the Chabad Torat Emet school in Jerusalem. In 1956 he traveled to New York to study in the court of the Rebbe.

After his marriage to Laya Schusterman, the couple moved to Australia where Rabbi Klein was among the founders of Yeshiva Gedolah of Melbourne, Australia and New Zealand. In 1963, the Kleins returned to the United States where Rabbi Klein joined the Secretariat of Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Rabbi Klein spoke little about his work in the Rebbe’s office. He was beloved by so many who interfaced with him as they corresponded with the Rebbe. He was also the person with whom many others spoke as they brought their precious tzetlach, their notes and letters to the office in “770” to be handed sometimes immediately to the Rebbe as he sat in his office just a few feet away.

Upon occasion, Rabbi Klein would tell a visitor to wait for a response, rather than the more common written or telephoned reply that often came later — hours or even days later. Despite his high position, One of the Rebbe’s main secretaries, he never forgot a face; he was also unfailingly courteous, gentle and kind.

Rabbi Klein kept long hours, often returning home at 2 a.m. Yet his home was famous for its hospitality, open always to guests and visitors. It was a second home to countless young women who came to Crown Heights as they began to learn about Judaism and return to their roots. It was here that they found a welcome place for meals, a listening ear, some good advice.

The funeral passed by Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway late Friday afternoon before Rabbi Klein’s body was brought to the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

Rabbi Klein was laid to rest near the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l and that of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, z’tl, in the Chabad-Lubavitch section of the cemetery.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmes. May his memory be for a blessing.

Chabad of Dead Sea Works a Miracle for Wedding Blessings Before Shavuot

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

This is the story of a miracle granted to a young Israeli couple on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which marks the giving of the Torah to the Jewish People at Mount Sinai, which begins Saturday night at the closing of the Sabbath.

Wednesday night at 8 pm Yonatan from Miami picked up the phone — a chosson (groom) who married two days earlier in Israel and who said he wanted to make sheva brochot, the traditional celebration after a wedding in which seven blessings are recited for a new couple. He and his wife were staying in a hotel at the Dead Sea, he said.

Chabad of Dead Sea carries out a myriad of Torah activities at hotels at Ein Bokek, Masada and elsewhere around the Dead Sea.

Chabad of Dead Sea carries out a myriad of Torah activities at hotels at Ein Bokek, Masada and elsewhere around the Dead Sea.

They had planned that at the end of their meal at the hotel they would simply ask for a minyan of Jews to remain and to recite the seven traditional blessings over a cup of wine, but they discovered to their dismay that it was just their luck that the hotel was hosting a Gentile group, and there were no Jews.

Uh oh. “Now what?” they thought.

True Israelis, they quickly realized there had to be a Chabad House in the area, somewhere.

A quick search on Google sent them to Rabbi Shimon Elharar, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and director of Chabad of the Dead Sea, whom they called immediately (and who told the story in an exclusive interview with JewishPress.com.)

“Can you make sheva brochot for us? We are here at the Dead Sea,” Yonatan asked.

Within two hours, – by 8 pm – Rabbi Elharar’s wife and co-emissary, Rina Elharar had organized a complete, traditional sheva brochot celebration for the new couple, including food, enough Jewish men for the required quorum of ten for a minyan to recite the seven wedding blessings, and guests to celebrate with both husband and wife.

Not one actually knew the couple prior to the celebration, but it didn’t matter at all. “We all know each other from ancient times,” Elharar told JewishPress.com. “We are all one people, and we all stood as one when the Torah was given to us at Mount Sinai, right? That’s all that really matters when Jews gather together. We are one!”

Chabad Prepares for Nepal’s New Nightmare – Monsoon Season

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Volunteers at Chabad of Nepal are working nearly around the clock as the dark clouds of the approaching monsoon season gather in the skies above Nepal.

Co-directors Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz and his wife Chani are working together with the volunteers to supply thousands of Nepalese with sturdy tents to shelter them from the coming storm.

“Just thinking of what the impending rains will do to those living in makeshift tents makes your heart tremble,” Chani Lifshiftz told Chabad.org on Sunday.

To make their lives easier, she and the volunteers, including many Israelis, are distributing water, food, medicine, warm clothing and waterproof tents throughout the area around the Chabad House in Kathmandu.

Monsoon season, which begins in June and runs through September, is likely to make life even worse for victims of last month’s devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

As for those who did not survive the earthquake, Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz and British volunteer Yehuda Rose are still working with foreign embassies and families of the missing to identify and honorably transport home those who are Jews.

Last Wednesday German rescue teams and diplomats helped recover and return the remains of two Jewish German nationals to ensure a proper burial.

But as many as 170 Western citizens – among them a number of Jews – are still missing.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ilan Shohat traveled to Nepal from the Israeli city of Tzefat (Safed) on a fact-finding mission. Shohat spent time at the Kathmandu Chabad House and participated in a Lag B’Omer celebration. He also saw first-hand the growing need for humanitarian aid.

For those readers who wish to help with the earthquake relief effort, Chabad of Nepal has opened a special fund for the purchase of tents and other desperately needed supplies. Click here.

Power Blackouts, Supply Shortages Hampering Rescue Efforts in Nepal

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

“It’s 2:30 am and we’ve had a busy day here,” writes Chabad-Lubavitch co-emissary Chani Lifshitz together with her husband, Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz from the Kathmandu Chabad House. “After two aftershocks here in the past few hours people are trying to get some sleep in the hope the rest of the night will pass quietly.

“In the morning, God willing, we plan to go out to the villages where Israelis definitely are located, according to the information we have.

“An updated list of the Israelis with whom we have made contact will be posted here at the Chabad House during the morning hours Tuesday. We want to thank all of our dear supporters from near and far; we feel it and deeply appreciate it!!”

The number of Israeli missing has now dropped to 50 who have yet to be tracked down or check in with family and friends, Israel’s foreign ministry has told media.

Chabad has been serving hot meals to all arrivals every hour on the hour. Electricity, phone service and water has been cut off, according to Chani Lifshitz. “Little by little, our staples are [also] running out,” she told Chabad.org. There is an urgent need for donations and supplies.

“Every effort by each and every one of you to help in any way will be greatly appreciated, whether it be materially or spiritually.”

Five of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites crumbled to the ground in Nepal after the worst earthquake to hit the region in 80 years struck the country. The government has issued an urgent appeal for body bags, tents and water as the death toll tops 4,000 locally and nearly 100 in neighboring countries.

There is a desperate need for more helicopters for rescue operations in rural areas, a home ministry spokesperson told AFP.

One Israeli aircraft has already landed in Nepal with 200 IDF Home Front Command officers, medical and rescue personnel. Four more are expected to arrive within the coming hours.

At least 7,935 people more are known to be injured in the wake of two earthquakes that struck the region on Saturday and Sunday. The first registered 7.8 on the Richter scale, the second – an aftershock – was nearly as strong, a 6.7-magnitude temblor. There have been more than 100 aftershocks since.

Hospitals in Kathmandu are overflowing with patients, and rescue teams are bringing in more from the remote areas where they are reaching other inured.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $10 million in relief to help the victims on behalf of the American government. Kerry said he was “shocked” by the “gut-wrenching” images of death and destruction. The United Nations has allocated $15 million in aid.

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