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Rabbi Mendy Yitzchaki stuck his hand deep into the couch last Thursday in search of his daughter’s missing earring. Nest...
04/19/2021
Chabad Rabbi Returns Large Sum Of Cash Found in Couch

Rabbi Mendy Yitzchaki stuck his hand deep into the couch last Thursday in search of his daughter’s missing earring. Nestled in a crack was a stash of dollars and euros totaling approximately 100,000 NIS, roughly the equivalent of $25,000.00. Yitzchaki was stunned.

Rabbi Mendy Yitzchaki stuck his hand deep into the couch last Thursday in search of his daughter’s missing earring. Ne

Four recently published books by Chabad Shluchim
04/19/2021
Book Notes

Four recently published books by Chabad Shluchim

Scott Frank is a business executive. Yossi Lerman is a Chabad rabbi. Both have been on a quest to find more joy in life.

Shabbat Shalom! May this week bring comfort and blessing.
04/16/2021

Shabbat Shalom! May this week bring comfort and blessing.

Shabbat Shalom! May this week bring comfort and blessing.

How's your Talmudic knowledge?See how many of these Talmud Teasers you can answer correctly.
04/15/2021
Talmud Teasers: Moses, Miracles & Matzah

How's your Talmudic knowledge?
See how many of these Talmud Teasers you can answer correctly.

Passover is packed with more traditions, customs, and historic significance than any other holiday on the Jewish calendar. The Talmud dedicates considerable discussion to thes

Today in Chabad History:Today is Bet (2) Iyar, the birthday of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, also known as the Rebbe Mahara...
04/14/2021
Today In Chabad History: Bais Iyar

Today in Chabad History:

Today is Bet (2) Iyar, the birthday of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, also known as the Rebbe Maharash. Rabbi Shmuel was born in the Russian town of Lubavitch in the year 1834.

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Today in Chabad History: Today is Bet (2) Iyar, the birthday of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, also known as

One year after Hanover's Chabad Rabbi Benny Wolff passed away at the age of 43, his family and community inaugurated a n...
04/13/2021

One year after Hanover's Chabad Rabbi Benny Wolff passed away at the age of 43, his family and community inaugurated a new Chabad center in his name. Beis Binyomin will house the activities of Chabad of Hanover, Germany, directed by Mrs. Shterna Wolff. The grand opening also included the welcoming of a new Torah scroll, completed last Thursday.

Chabad Lubawitsch Hannover - Niedersachsen Benjamin Shterna Wolff

Motti Rubin, Albany NYEpisode 1/6My three-year-old accompanied me as I was making rounds before Rosh Hashanah, visiting ...
04/13/2021
SOTW: My Child’s Kvetching

Motti Rubin, Albany NY

Episode 1/6

My three-year-old accompanied me as I was making rounds before Rosh Hashanah, visiting people and bringing them holiday packages. It was a bit more driving than her patience allowed, and on the way home, she became restless. I needed to find something to amuse her, so when we passed a house that had a big garage sale outside with toys, we got out of the car.

Chana Mordechai Rubin Chai Jewish Center Colonie

The strange, funny, and meaningful things that happen out in the trenches as Chabad representatives go about their business . . .

Brevard County, nestled on the east coast of central Florida, has seen tremendous population growth over the past decade...
04/12/2021
A Jewish Community in Central Florida Passes the Torch

Brevard County, nestled on the east coast of central Florida, has seen tremendous population growth over the past decade. Recently, Temple Israel, a mainstay Reform congregation in the area, sold eight acres of their ideally located ten-acre property to Chabad of the Space and Treasure Coasts. The changeover represents a unique moment of cooperation toward a community’s strong Jewish future.

JewishBrevard Zvi Konikov

Brevard County, has seen tremendous population growth over the past decade. Recently, Temple Israel, a mainstay Reform congregation in the area, sold eight acres of their ten-acre property to Chabad of the Space and Treasure Coasts.

Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, Director of Chabad of Central Africa, announced his intent to open a new Chabad center in Zambia...
04/11/2021
New Chabad to Open in Zambia

Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, Director of Chabad of Central Africa, announced his intent to open a new Chabad center in Zambia in memory of his wife, Myriam, who passed away last week at the age of 52.

Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, Director of Chabad of Central Africa, announced his intent to open a new Chabad center in Zambia

Shabbat Shalom! Did you make Challah this week? If so, you can leave a picture in the comments—we'd love to see!
04/09/2021

Shabbat Shalom! Did you make Challah this week? If so, you can leave a picture in the comments—we'd love to see!

Shabbat Shalom! Did you make Challah this week? If so, you can leave a picture in the comments—we'd love to see!

Among the poets in Israel’s literary circles, many will remember Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky on Friday (April 9) 27 Niss...
04/08/2021
Zelda: Remembering an Israeli Poet

Among the poets in Israel’s literary circles, many will remember Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky on Friday (April 9) 27 Nissan. That Zelda, as she was simply called, died (in 1984) on the same day designated by the state of Israel as Holocaust Remembrance day, is in itself poetic; her poetry, for which she received the Bialik and Brenner Prizes in literature, speaks of death and darkness but also of renewal and transcendence.

(lubavitch.com) Among the poets in Israel’s literary circles, many quietly remembered Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky on Tuesday (April 21) 27 N

Dozens of eyes silently follow the slender man on the speaker's dais. The only sound in the hall is his voice, which cap...
04/08/2021
Personal Journeys: A Child of the Holocaust

Dozens of eyes silently follow the slender man on the speaker's dais. The only sound in the hall is his voice, which captivates the audience.

Dozens of eyes silently follow the slender man on the speaker's dais. The only sound in the hall is his voice, which captivates the audience. World War II, Na**sm, Auschwitz

Infielder and pitcher Elie Kligman has been running the bases as long as he can remember. One of the top-ranked youth pl...
04/06/2021
Batter’s Up . . . But Never on Shabbat

Infielder and pitcher Elie Kligman has been running the bases as long as he can remember. One of the top-ranked youth players in Nevada, the eighteen-year-old has competed at all levels, but when the sun goes down on Friday, Elie is not on the field.

Infielder and pitcher Elie Kligman has been running the bases as long as he can remember. One of the top-ranked youth pl

Happy Passover & Shabbat Shalom! Wishing you a joyous conclusion to the holiday of freedom!
04/02/2021

Happy Passover & Shabbat Shalom! Wishing you a joyous conclusion to the holiday of freedom!

In retrospect, the seders at Bubby’s and Zaidy’s played profoundly to our sense of belonging and identity. There were ot...
03/26/2021
Zaidy’s Passover Seder

In retrospect, the seders at Bubby’s and Zaidy’s played profoundly to our sense of belonging and identity. There were other cousins, second cousins, but they didn’t do Passover as we did. My grandfather and his two sisters, ravenous for the freedom these shores promised, came to the US from Poland in 1921. For many who finally escaped the anti-Semitism of Eastern Europe, America beckoned with the invitation to assimilate.

Few holidays compete with Passover’s child-centered rituals. The seder packs customs and narratives enough to animate a child’s imagination all year round.

May you celebrate true freedom this Passover in happiness and health with all your family and friends!
03/26/2021

May you celebrate true freedom this Passover in happiness and health with all your family and friends!

The Seder rituals are designed to transmit the tradition from generation to generation. So what becomes of the commandme...
03/25/2021
A Personal Affair

The Seder rituals are designed to transmit the tradition from generation to generation. So what becomes of the commandment if the children are not at the table that day, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it?

Last Passover, it was just my husband and I at the Seder. We made our way through the Haggadah, pausing to examine passages that we hadn’t considered before. We took time to ponder the meaning of a covenant between unequals, the mystery of faith that is constantly tested, the tensions between the demand to conform and the desire to break free.

In the days leading up to the Seder last year, as I scrubbed my kitchen clean of chameitz, I questioned the point of this highly

Yiftah and Sigal Geva live in Israel. Five years ago, Yiftah was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which...
03/25/2021
A Stranger in the Land

Yiftah and Sigal Geva live in Israel. Five years ago, Yiftah was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which causes thickening of the heart muscle. His doctor advised septal myectomy surgery, an open-heart procedure. The Israeli couple flew six thousand miles to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where Yiftah was to undergo surgery.

A few days after they arrived, in March, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Hotels were deserted. Shops were closed. At the Mayo Clinic, Yiftah and Sigal found an almost empty hospital.

I had never seen thirty-three degrees Fahrenheit on the weather forecast. My English isn’t great, and I felt so alone.

"I think often of the Rebbe’s 90th birthday in 1992, and the many weeks leading up to it. At that time, thousands of peo...
03/24/2021
A Bed, a Table, a Chair and a Lamp

"I think often of the Rebbe’s 90th birthday in 1992, and the many weeks leading up to it. At that time, thousands of people from around the world came to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters is located, to celebrate this day shortly before Pesach. The occasion drew reporters and journalists representing international and U.S. media."

"At the time, I received a call from The New York Times. They wanted to do a cover story about the Rebbe for their Sunday Magazine, to appear on the week of his 90th birthday".

The Rebbe did not hold press conferences nor grant press interviews. So reporters would usually be directed to my office where I did my best to respond to their questions and provide them with information about the Rebbe and Chabad-Lubavitch.

#OTD in Jewish history: TODAY marks the 119th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of bl...
03/24/2021

#OTD in Jewish history: TODAY marks the 119th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of blessed memory. On this day, Yud-Alef (11) Nissan, we celebrate the birth of a leader who changed the face of Judaism in the 21st century, who dedicated his life to a mission: to reach out to every Jew, everywhere, no matter their affiliation, knowledge, or level of observance. Today, more than 5,000 Chabad emissaries continue working toward this goal, providing services to Jews around the globe.

The Rebbe’s legendary achievements focused on filling our world with loving kindness, and elevating our reality so that it is bright, joyful and holy. His legacy is perpetuated by the acts of goodness and kindness that we do every day.

What mitzvah can you do today in honor of the Rebbe?

Education Lessons from President Reagan’s Speech
03/24/2021
Education Lessons from President Reagan’s Speech

Education Lessons from President Reagan’s Speech

On the Chabad calendar, and in Jewish communities worldwide, today, the 11th of Nissan, is celebrated as the birth date of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The Rebbe’s legacy of Jewish outreach endures and grows, but on this day, he is especially remembered for his commitme...

11 Nissan, corresponding this year to Wednesday, March 24, marks the birth date of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem...
03/23/2021
The Rebbe in 1964: On Jewish Education, Community, Responsibilty

11 Nissan, corresponding this year to Wednesday, March 24, marks the birth date of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who was born in 1902. Jewish communities worldwide will be honoring the day with activities that celebrate the Rebbe’s legacy of Jewish education, Jewish pride and Jewish unity.

27 years after the Rebbe’s passing, his extraordinary life continues to inspire writers and academics to explore his life and the dramatic movement he led to revive Jewish life.

In 1964, Samuel Kaplan, the publisher and editor of the Jewish Western Bulletin of Vancouver, Canada, wrote an editorial following a private audience he had with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The following, from the archives of Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters, is a draft dated November 18 1964, that the editor submitted to the Rebbe’s secretariat for perusal prior to publication.

The streamlined jet-age conveyance had flown the writer to New York; and vintage limousine had completed the journey to Brooklyn

Jewish people love to ask questions. As part of the Passover tradition, we ask four at the Seder table. But if you pay a...
03/23/2021
More Questions For The Seder Table

Jewish people love to ask questions. As part of the Passover tradition, we ask four at the Seder table. But if you pay attention, there’s usually a question in every statement and every answer. In honor of Passover, we asked four Chabad representatives our own set of questions.

Rabbi Korn Chabad of Nebraska Dinie Cohen RabbiAbba Perelmuter

Jewish people love to ask questions. As part of the Passover tradition, we ask four at the Seder table. We asked four Chabad representatives our own set of questions.

Every holiday has its centerpiece, its symbol, and none is more rich and varied than the Passover Seder plate. Each item...
03/22/2021
The Annotated Seder Plate: Insights, Tidbits, and Fun Facts

Every holiday has its centerpiece, its symbol, and none is more rich and varied than the Passover Seder plate. Each item has been the subject of generations of scholarship and debate, while the diversity of traditions on display speaks eloquently to three thousand years of Jewish history in countries and cultures all over the world. Who knew that eggs and horseradish could be so interesting?

Haggadah Since escaping Egypt, the Jewish people have celebrated Pa

It all started with a post on a travel and credit card points forum from a non-regular user. “Dr. Jay Goldstein passed a...
03/22/2021
Travel Deals, Points, Miles, And a Jewish Burial

It all started with a post on a travel and credit card points forum from a non-regular user.

“Dr. Jay Goldstein passed away this afternoon in Fargo, ND,” it read. “Ideally, for the funeral scheduled for tomorrow, we would have his Jewish name and parents’ names, but when I spoke with him last week, he did not remember his parents’ Jewish names.”

The post listed a few details on the man’s family, ending off with a final plea. “Any leads on what their Jewish names are or where they are buried would be greatly appreciated.”

The request, posted on March 5, sparked an online genealogy hunt that ended with a total stranger visiting gravesites 1,399 miles away from the original author.

DansDeals.com

How anonymous points hobbyists helped complete the burial of Dr. Jay Goldstein

This fall, in the midst of the pandemic, four Jewish day schools opened in cities up and down the East Coast. Almost no ...
03/21/2021
The New Day Schools

This fall, in the midst of the pandemic, four Jewish day schools opened in cities up and down the East Coast. Almost no one noticed.

But the parents, teachers, and directors of the fledgling Tamim Academies knew that this was the beginning of something much bigger.

Tamim Academy Boca Raton Tamim VT Tamim Academy NYC Chabad of Greenwich, CT Holly Cohen

This fall, in the midst of the pandemic, four Jewish day schools opened in cities up and down the East Coast. Almost no one noticed.

Shabbat Shalom! Best wishes for a restful Shabbat!
03/19/2021

Shabbat Shalom! Best wishes for a restful Shabbat!

Five Chabad representatives tell us which biblical, Talmudic or medieval personality they’d like to have at their Seder ...
03/18/2021
Five Communal Leaders Share Their Dream Seder Guest

Five Chabad representatives tell us which biblical, Talmudic or medieval personality they’d like to have at their Seder table.

We asked Chabad representatives to tell us which biblical, Talmudic or medieval personality they'd like to have at their Seder table.

The prestigious Haggadah collection of Chabad’s Central Library began in December 1924, when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe...
03/18/2021
The Haggadah Collection At The Library Of Agudas Chassidei Chabad

The prestigious Haggadah collection of Chabad’s Central Library began in December 1924, when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, acquired the collection of bibliographer Shmuel Wiener, consisting of approximately five thousand rare books. The acquisition included some four hundred printed editions of the Passover Haggadah. Since then, the Library has added many more to its collection.

Today, the Library houses about two thousand editions of the Haggadah published over the past 450 years—approximately half of all Haggadahs published during this time. Among them are many hitherto unknown editions.

The prestigious Haggadah collection of Chabad’s Central Library began in December 1924, when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi

It was unseasonably cold on the first night of Passover back in 1979. Snow had fallen the day before and melted into slu...
03/17/2021
Sons And Daughters At The Seder Table

It was unseasonably cold on the first night of Passover back in 1979. Snow had fallen the day before and melted into slush puddles that made walking unpleasant. The evening prayers had ended, and everyone was hurrying home to finally begin the Seder.

Not the Rebbe.

It was unseasonably cold on the first night of Passover back in 1979. Snow had fallen the day before and melted into slush puddles that m

Passover celebrates the national redemption of the Jewish people, liberated from an ancient oppressor in an ancient time...
03/17/2021
Frissons Of Redemption

Passover celebrates the national redemption of the Jewish people, liberated from an ancient oppressor in an ancient time. But the theme of redemption is universal, and, perhaps this year more than ever, it resonates on many levels. Here, we invited some writers and poets to share their personal reflections.

Writers & Poets: David Caplan, Eve Grubin, Yehoshua November & Sarah Rindner.

The theme of redemption is universal, and, perhaps this year more than ever, it resonates on many levels. Here, we invited some writers and poets to share their personal reflections.

At a time when Jews increasingly tend away from a religiously distinct identity, preferring to put their support and sym...
03/16/2021
“And You Shall Tell Your Child” Part 1

At a time when Jews increasingly tend away from a religiously distinct identity, preferring to put their support and sympathy with the other, how do we, parents, teachers, educators, advance the principle of v’hee-gadta l’vincha, specifically of ba-avur zeh asah Hashem li, bringing G-d and mitzvot into the equation?

Who better to consider this dilemma than people passionate about Jewish education? We asked several such individuals engaged in various Jewish educational models to explore this question from their unique perspectives in the field. We asked them to consider how we might better nurture Jewish children today to grow proud to identify with the Jewish people and the particulars of our tradition—the mitzvot specific to Jews and around which Jews bond with each other—as they do with its universal values.

We asked individuals engaged in various Jewish educational models to explore "how we might better nurture Jewish children today to grow proud to identify with the Jewish people" from their unique perspectives in the field.

When two rabbinical students went looking for the few Jewish families in Lagrange, GA, little did they know they'd end u...
03/15/2021

When two rabbinical students went looking for the few Jewish families in Lagrange, GA, little did they know they'd end up meeting a Jewish 95-year-old WWII veteran.

"I never would imagine when I woke up this morning that I would be putting on teffilin for the very first time. Thank you for knocking on my door!"
Chabad Rural Georgia

College is a time of expanding horizons and new experiences. For the last 12 months, it’s also been a place of the great...
03/15/2021
A Year and Counting: On Covid and Campus and Chabad

College is a time of expanding horizons and new experiences. For the last 12 months, it’s also been a place of the great (and sometimes scary) unknown.

Millions of American students left their campuses last March for spring break amid vague references to a foreign-born disease. Many never returned. As Covid-19 skulked through the world, universities had no choice but to shut their hallowed halls. On eerily quiet campuses across the globe, and with every safety measure in place, 271 Chabad representative couples remained. Oftentimes, they were the only active religious or social organization in service. A year later many gratefully note an expansion of reach and programming.

Chabad on Campus International Rohr Chabad House at Georgia Tech & Georgia State Chabad at Georgia Tech Chabad at KU Chabad at CWRU

College is a time of expanding horizons and new experiences. For the last 12 months, it’s also been a place of the great (and sometimes scary) unknown.

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Chabad-Lubavitch is a vibrant, dynamic force in Jewish life, and its programs touch the lives of millions of people and directly or indirectly affect Jewish life in every community.

The movement derives its impulse and inspiration for Judaism and a love for Jewish people, from a call of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. Governments fall, the map is rearranged, and Chabad-Lubavitch never stops responding to the call of the Jewish soul. Indeed, Jewish continuity is not an item on our agenda. It is our agenda. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

For more than half a century in the United States, Chabad-Lubavitch has singularly championed Jewish continuity. Pioneering the broadest range of Jewish outreach activities, including the vibrant Jewish Day School system in America and beyond, it is the only Jewish organization to have established an international base of human resources so vast in scope, that it has the ability to facilitate the most dramatic and innovative outreach programs worldwide.

Through the diverse activities of Chabad-Lubavitch institutions, Jewish life has achieved a level of visibility and viability unlike any it has known in recent history. Our international network of some 4,500 Chabad-Lubavitch centers in more than 100 countries around the world has put a living Jewish community within the reach of any Jew, nearly anywhere on the globe, ensuring universal Jewish awareness with the promise of Jewish continuity.

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