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The Rebbe as Matchmaker

Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Malkie and I just got off of an airplane returning from Los Angeles where we participated in the wedding of Akiva (Wyatt) and Channah Hall. It was a wonderful celebration that we were honored to be a part of. A nice contingent of New Orleans connected folks were in attendance. Of course lively Yeshiva students made it a very joyous affair. I would like to share a thought that I mentioned during a toast that was offered at the reception. How could a boy from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and a girl from Bakersfield, CA find each other and marry? What they had in common is that they both got involved at a Chabad House. As a result, their respective Chabad Shluchim networked and connected them. So in effect the Rebbe was their matchmaker. The Rebbe’s vision of sending families to live in places throughout the world to operate Chabad Houses, brought Akiva and Channah together. Rabbi Schlenger (Chabad of Bakersfield) and I reflected on this very idea as we watched the dancing with Nachas. Mazel tov to Akiva, Channah and the Hall and Black families and the respective Chabad communities of which they are a part.

Saturday night marks the beginning of Selichot – the series of prayers recited each morning from now until Rosh Hashanah. As is the Chabad custom we prepare for Selichot, which begins at 1 AM – with a rousing farbrengen to put us in the joyous yet serious frame of mind needed for Selichot.

This coming Tuesday Chabad of Metairie hosts an evening with David Nessenof. He is the Rabbi that confronted Helen Thomas on video during which she declared that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go back to Germany and Poland where they came from.” He has a fascinating story to share of how those “15 minutes of fame” transformed his life. His talk will begin at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 11 @ Chabad Metairie. For registration or more info, go to

On Wednesday night the rescheduled Kabbala for Young Professionals is taking place at Sandy Cohen’s home – for more info

Chabad Metairie’s Hebrew (Sunday) School is beginning this Sunday @ 10 am. Chabad Hebrew School is open to all Jewish children ages 5-10, not just synagogue members. To register or for more info, please contact Rabbi Nemes at or 504-957-4986.

Chabad’s Shofar Factory kicked off the weekend before the hurricane at the Northshore Jewish Congregation. See below for photos. Additional workshops are being offered to children and seniors this coming week.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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