Rabbi Edery and all Chabad Japan staff would like to thank the Aldrich family for the huge amount of kosher food that they so generously sent. May Hashem bless each and everyone of them, including Bubby and Zaidy Aldrich with all the blessings both materially and spiritually.
We enjoyed the chance to speak about the reasons why our Sages selected Yosef’s children Binyamin and Efraim as the paradigm for the blessing for our children. Rabbi Aldrich suggested that not only had Yosef raised these two children to become Torah-observant children in a foreign land (Egypt) but also trained them to avoid jealousy. When the younger son (Efraim received the blessing usually intended for the older brother)
This Chanuka Chabad Japan had a booth at National Azabu Supermarket right in the center of Tokyo. A big menorah was put up, Latkes and candles were distributed to the shoppers who responded very warmly. Many asked about the meaning of the Holiday, others took for Jewish colleagues and co workers. Some joined the Chanuka parties at Chabad House, for the first time.
Rabbi Edery along with the Chabad Japan Maccabees drives all around Tokyo with the Menorah Mobile to visit houses and offices bringing the happiness and light of Hanuka. Candles are lit, warm, delicious sufganiyot- doughnuts are eaten, songs sang and hearts are joyous.
Nothing stops the mitzvah men from reaching to even the farthest corner of Tokyo.
Tal from Shamaim lighting. Much bracha and hatzlacha in all you undertakings.
Rabbi Edery thought of a clever idea to make the Holiday of Chanuka fun, joyous and interesting. He made a menorah from sake bottles, and inserted an olive oil cup as a cover for each bottle. Special thanks to Reb Meir Mergui from Paris, France who brought menorahs and kosher dairy items for all to enjoy. May Hashem bless him and his family always for their generosity.
Dr. Yakov Yuro Teshima gave a informative and interesting lecture explaining the foundations of Judaism and establishment of Hassidism. All participants highly enjoyed the lecture and asked to continue such lectures even more often. Dr. Teshima shared pictures of himself at a Farbrengen (Hassidic get together) in Kfar Chabad Israel, fifty years ago. It is quite amazing to see his continued interest and vast knowledge and his passion to teach as well. Many of the guests have been to Chabad House many times but this gathering was truly an inspiration to all. The lecture ended with the Edery Boys Choir, singing songs related to this day of the redemption of the first Chabad Rebbe, Shneor Zalman who was released from prison on this day about two hundred years ago.
Special thanks to Dr. Teshima for his efforts and ongoing support toward Chabad House. May Hashem bless him and his wife with long life and good years.