After six years of distributing Here's My Story newsletters, JEM is now publishing a selection of some of the greatest in a new book entitled One by One, highlighting the Rebbe’s guidance to the individuals that came through his door.
This week, Dr. Elmer (Eliezer) Offenbacher of Jerusalem, Israel, passed away. Dr. Offenbacher, 95, merited to have correspondence with the Rebbe and an audience in 1951, and just a few short months ago, Rabbi Zusha Wolf, My Encounter's lead Israel interviewer, arranged an interview with him.
Here's My Story: I grew up in a typical Jewish-American family – we were not completely Torah observant, but we were traditional. Although I attended a Jewish after-school program, I had no interest in Judaism whatsoever.
After reviewing the galley proof and giving the go-ahead to print, the first copy of My Encounter's Hasipur Sheli book arrived at JEM's office today.
Here's My Story: My ancestors were Ger chasidim from Poland, but my father did a favor for the Previous Rebbe of Lubavitch back in Europe and later, once they both immigrated to America, developed a relationship with him.
HERE'S MY STORY: In Long Beach, California, where I live and serve as Chabad emissary, we have a beautiful mikveh – the ritual pool which women use to fulfill the mitzvah of Taharat Mishpachah, the Law of Family Purity.
The "V'eleh Shemos - Menachem Mendel" initiative is a worldwide project currently aiming to collect all those named Menachem Mendel after the Rebbe, and feature them in a special album. In conjunction, JEMCentral presents a first hand story regarding naming a child after the Rebbe.
Today, “Hasipur Sheli” the hebrew translation of the popular “My story: book, arrived from China for the final review.