Torah Portion of Toldot 5774
Friday, 28 Cheshvan 5774 - Nov. 1, 2013

Happy Birthday!


Today (Friday 28 Cheshvan) is Harav Ginsburgh's 69th birthday, yichyeh netzach (lit. "he should live enduringly," as the holy Ba'al Shem Tov would say whenever he mentioned someone's name in writing).  

As the Rav often brings the gematria or numerical significance, we thought to quote a passage from an article on Inner.org entitled "From My Flesh I will envision the Almighty," from the verse in Job 19:26 bearing the same translation:  


"We know that there is a special relationship between the words "light" (אוֹר ) and "skin" (עוֹר ), especially in relation to the garments of skin God made Adam and Eve, given that the letters א and ע have special relationship between them (א is the inner light of the letter ע). This special relationship can also be seen numerically, because both "light" and "skin" have a very large common denominator, 69. "Light," 207 is 3 times 69. "Skin," 276, is 4 times 69."   


We thought it especially fitting to bring this teaching as Harav Ginsburgh has brought the light of Torah to so many. As the Rav has stated on other occasions, the Talmud notes that the Mishnaic sage Rabbi Meir's Torah scroll read "tunics of light" instead of "tunics of skin." Before God vanquished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, the Torah says that He made them these tunics. But instead of the ectodermal tissue of today, their "skin" was made of light.


In the merit of helping the many "envision the Almighty" through the light of Torah, may the Rav continue to spread the wonders of the Torah to many more, and for many more years to come!

Music Rehearsals


Preparations are underway for the gala 19 Kislev gathering with Harav Shalom Arush at the Binyanei Ha'umah hall in Jerusalem. Over 5,000 people were in attendance at last year's event, and excitement is already building for this year's celebration.


In anticipation of this year's event, some well-known singers came to the Rav's home in Kfar Chabad last Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night) to begin rehearsing for a new CD scheduled to debut at the event. The attendees included: Aaron Razel, Erez Lev Ari, Ariel Zilber, Bini Landau, Daniel Zamir, Yosef Karduner, Yishai Ribo, Shuli Rand and Shlomo Katz (there maybe even some more surprises). The CD is being produced under the direction of Oved Munis, Nadav Bachar and Oren Tzur.


To view four pictures from rehearsal, Click Here.  


For a video for one of the Rav's "training sessions" in action, Click Here


To buy last year's CD, which sold out at that 19 Kislev 5773 event, Click Here


(This is a link to our Hebrew site. Alternatively, you can place an order on our English store for the "Small Hebrew Alphabet" poster. Just put CD in the comment box, and we'll mail you the correct CD ... we didn't have time to update the site for this email). 

Blog Post

Where Chabad and Breslov Meet - In Rebbe Nachman's Tale, the wise man and the simpleton are depicted as two opposites, but the truly wise man is himself an innocent simpleton. In a surprising twist to the story, Harav Ginsburgh reveals where the followers of both these two distinct approaches to learning Chassidut meet up!
Shabbat Shalom, 
Yonatan Gordon
English Editor
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