A big thank you is due to the 170 people who purchased a combined total of 713 raffle tickets. That is a total of $25,668 raised for the Chabad House!
And the winners are…..
1st Prize $10,000: Zeesy Weiss
2nd Prize A $1,000: Leah Mastley
2nd Prize B $1,000: Max Seraita
2nd Prize C $1,000: Suzee Weinstein
3rd Prize $360: Michael & Mirie Elias
Israel Trip for 2: Joshua Tillis
On behalf of Tzipah and myself, thank you!
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Our family returned yesterday from an amazing trip to Vancouver, Canada. Special thanks to my aunt Miri & uncle Larry for helping facilitate the trip, it was a very special experience visiting family and enjoying the Great North, eh!
While there, I heard the following story from Rabbi Yitzchok Wineberg of Chabad of British Columbia, who has known my parents for 40 years.
Years ago, the Rebbe requested that the Tanya (the fundamental text of Chassidic thought, authored by the first Lubavitcher Rebbe) be printed in as many locations as possible. The Rebbe instructed Rabbi Wineberg, while noting that this applied to everyone, that any town where they could find a Jew to study a few lines of the Tanya together, they should print the entire book.
In the end, Rabbi Wineberg printed Tanyas in 49 locations in British Columbia.
To the best of my knowledge, the Rebbe did not explain his guideline, but perhaps it has something to do with not overlooking small opportunities.
Perhaps one may wonder if studying only a brief excerpt is worth it. The answer, most certainly, is yes. Every small opportunity to connect in Torah study with a fellow Jew is an opportunity not to be missed.