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A regards from Agassiz, BC

A regards from Agassiz, BC

Friday, 16 December, 2011 - 2:46 pm

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 About a year ago, a generous member of the community started to sponsor the printing of the "Think Jewish" weekly magazine for Victoria. The pamphlet is read every week by people who attend Shabbat services, by the weekly recipients of the Light of Shabbat boxes, and by many who come through the doors of Chabad Centre during the week. The feedback has been amazing. Readers seem to take pleasure in it immensely, and some make sure to drop by the Shul during the week to pick-up their own copy. I didn’t know the degree of the impact of this brochure, until I received a letter this week from a Jewish inmate in a prison in Agassiz, BC.

"Shalom Aleichem,

I am one of several Jewish persons serving time at Mountain Institution. Every so often when Cantor Soosman can come here one of the things he blesses us with is the odd copies of your weekly “Think Jewish” publication. This past week he brought us a few. However, it is not a regular thing to get them and I find them very helpful and a blessing. For one thing being absent from my Jewish roots for so long it allows me to remember traditions and aspects of Judaism that are sometimes only faint in my mind until my memory is jogged by your insightful publication. It reminds me what I love about being Jewish and G-d in a place like this it is very important. It also has helped in making celebrating our Holidays more meaningful and to remember that following my faith is a day to day, hour by hour, minute by minute proposition.

To that end, I wonder if it is possible to ask to receive it on a weekly basis. Perhaps you could even send me two of them and I will ensure they are passed around to the other men. Unless, it is better for them to each write you themselves. I thank you for your consideration and look forward to receiving them. The most recent one’s I have is June 3, 2011 and September 16, and 23, 2011.

Blessings. Todah rabbah".

The sincerity of this note really touched my heart and I was so amazed to see how an act of kindness travels... Since the pamphlet comes here too soon to Shabbat to send it back on time to Agassiz, we have immediately made a special order to be sent to these thirsty souls in this difficult place.

I would like to end this blog with a request, as year 2011 comes to an end:

If you think that the work done by Chabad of Vancouver Island, on behalf of Jewish people on our Island and beyond, is a worthy cause, please consider - before the end of the tax year - to participate in this effort with a tax deductible donation. Please know that Chabad of Vancouver Island is not funded by any head office and the funds for its activities are raised only locally, from generous people in our community, such as you.

Donations can be made online here, or you can call me directly at 250-858-6770. Thank you!

Comments on: A regards from Agassiz, BC
12/16/2011

Morah Faiga wrote...

Rabbi,

Thank you so much for this story. Every week you help me see the positive impact we are having as a community, beyond our community.



12/19/2011

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

Shalom Rabbi,
Not having seen the 'Think Jewish' magazine, I'm curious and would like to receive it also. As we live out of town, can it be mailed? We'll gladly cover costs.
12/19/2011

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

Shalom Rabbi,
Not having seen the 'Think Jewish' magazine, I'm curious and would like to receive it also. As we live out of town, can it be mailed? We'll gladly cover costs.
12/20/2011

Sheila Thompson wrote...

Shalom Rabbi,
I too live out of town and would love to receive your pamphlet, and would also gladly cover the cost of receiving it. I so look forward to these blogs, I am sure the pamphlet would only magnify the tsedakah and wisdom shown in them.
Wishing you and your family a blessed Chanukkah, as I will be away for the holidays and not able to participate in all the festivities.
B'Shalom,
Sheila Thompson
12/21/2011

Lavar wrote...

That's the pefecrt insight in a thread like this.