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Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Hannah Stein is dedicating her writing this week for a refuah shelaymah for her brother, Shmuel Halevi ben Rochel. He was hit by a car at 12:10 A.M (Tuesday night/Wednesday) in Lakewood. He has sustained multiple broken bones and although he can talk, he cannot move any of his limbs at this time. Please keep him on your tefillot. When Moshe appoints the spies to reconnoiter the land Hashem has promised to Bnei Yisroel, the Torah names the spies that represent each tribe. Then Moshe changes the name of Hosheah of the tribe of Ephraim to Yehoshua, adding a “yud” at the beginning of his name. Rashi comments on Moshe’s actions by explaining that the name change, which would now begin with the two letters of God’s name, was a prayer that Yehoshua not succumb to the persuasion of his fellow spies.
CHABAD.ORG 50 Years After Six-Day War, How the Kotel Became Synonymous With Tefillin An overwhelming response to a worldwide call by the Rebbe in 1967 has lasted a half-century By Dovid Margolin
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Click here to donateA brightly painted mini-bus, which featured prominently in Benny Friedman's latest music video, was torched Sunday night in Crown Heights. A familiar mini-bus, brightly painted and often seen driving around the Crown Heights neighborhood, was torched Sunday night by unknown individuals. Lev Scheiber, a Crown Heights resident and artist who goes by the name "Leviticus," is the owner of the bus, which he uses as an all purpose vehicle, art studio and to transport his children to school. The bus is brightly painted with illustrations, including some Jewish symbols such as Menorahs, Scheiber says. The vehicle has become famous in its own right in recent months, as it is prominently featured in singer Benny Friedman's music video "Ivri Anochi." Scheiber says someone set fire to the bus while it was parked on Troy Avenue and Maple Street, sometime during Sunday night. "When I got to the bus in the morning, to retrieve some art supplies, I found it completely charred," Scheiber told COLlive. "It looked like the Apocalypse." Scheiber says he contacted police, who said "it didn't matter." "They told me to try and find my own surveillance footage from nearby homes, and that it was my problem," he said. Singer Benny Friedman expressed his shock at the torching of the bus. "The world is unfortunately full of these sad reminders that the work of filling the world with light is a full time job," Friedman said. "My friend Lev drives a 'Mitzvah mobile,' a vehicle that just from its look alone adds joy and excitement to people's day, and reminds us to spread light. Hatefulness and darkness don't have a chance," he said. On Monday afternoon, Scheiber filed a police report who said "it appears to have been an intentional act." It is unknown yet whether the act of vandalism will be labeled a hate crime. Scheiber is now trying to raise funds to purchase a new bus, which he needs for his livelihood