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It's Not A Hand-Out, It's A Hand-Up

The clothing drive was a project of Chabad of Markham’s sweeping Tikkun Olam program, a venture that brings suburban families into the lives, and hearts, of people from across greater Toronto.

Dvora Lakein | News | Thursday, January 23, 2020

Still a Dollar

In the spring of 1981, the Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke about Jewish unity as an antidote to looming threat of warfare and terror at the time. Specifically, he addressed the power of Jewish children, when united through a Torah scroll.

Dvora Lakein | News | Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Today in Jewish History: 24 Tevet, Passing of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad Lubavitch

The end of 1812 found Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, also known as the Alter Rebbe, journeying through small towns and villages, distancing himself and his family from the Napoleonic invasion of Russia.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Marathon Man

Jeremy Cooper, 26, is “running” a marathon, leining every Shabbat for the next 1,000 weeks. Weekday mornings, the Columbia University MBA candidate will get his leining fix at Chabad of the Upper West Side or some other minyan in the city. Cooper’s a newlywed, and he loves traveling with his wife Ellen, but he will never plan a weekend getaway unless he’s secured a leining gig.

Boruch Werdiger | News | Monday, January 20, 2020

Changing the Jewish Narrative

For many, Belgrade's Jewish community is defined by the tragedy of the Holocaust. But as a new movement devoted to changing the narrative grows, the city’s Jews are discovering the joys of a vibrant, sustainable Jewish experience.

Baila Olidort | News | Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mystery Donor

As Chabad events gained popularity, the Kaminetzkys’ rented apartment began to shrink. It was time to move forward. But with a weak economy and a community that struggles to get by, the prospects were dim.

Baila Olidort | News | Wednesday, January 15, 2020

European Chabad On Campus Reps Gather For Conference

Chabad representatives serving twenty university campuses Europe-wide met up in London last weekend for Chabad on Campus Europe’s annual conference

Ashira Weiss | News | Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Stranded In Halifax, El Al Passengers Spend Shabbat With Chabad

Flight attendants started running, there was a definite smell of smoke and suddenly the flight path screens showed the plane making a u-turn. It was just after 11pm last Thursday when the pilot declared an emergency on El Al flight 26 that was supposed to fly non-stop from Newark, New Jersey to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday is CTeen's Kippah Day: Answer to anti-Semitism

As Jewish organizations worldwide stand in solidarity and unite to fight anti-Semitism, Jewish teen boys all over the world are doing their part on January 13 by wearing a kippah the entire day—even if they don’t usually wear one.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Monday, January 13, 2020

Ideal Partnerships For An Ideal Cause

Studies tracking charitable contributions consistently find that the American Jewish community is overrepresented. Philanthropy is a tremendous point of Jewish pride, but all too often, the objects of our largesse are not Jewish causes.

Rena Udkoff | News | Thursday, January 9, 2020

Black Fire, White Fire

Although it’s a staple of the synagogue service, the reading of the Torah remains something of a mystery to many. Here’s an up-close look at some of the whys and hows that surround this esoteric tradition.

Boruch Werdiger | News | Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Today in Jewish History: Asarah (10) B’Tevet

On the 10th of Tevet in the Hebrew year 3336 (425 BCE), the army of Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar surrounded Jerusalem’s stone walls and laid siege on the city.

Staff Writer | News | Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Texas Chabad 'Mom' Receives "Be Remarkable" Award

Manya Lazaroff, director of Chabad at Texas A&M University, was caught by surprise. She was in the middle of a meeting when a crew from KBTX-TV arrived at the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center to present her with the ‘Be Remarkable’ award.

Ashira Weiss | News | Monday, January 6, 2020

Ukraine Chabad Builds Apartment Complex For Emissaries

Yesterday, Chabad of Dnipro, Ukraine, laid the foundation for an apartment complex located near the iconic Menorah Center, one of the largest Jewish community centers in the world.

Staff Writer | News | Thursday, January 2, 2020

Today in Jewish History: The Victory in Chabad Library Trial

On the 5th of Tevet (Hei Teves) in 1987, the extensive library of the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, was declared as belonging to Agudas Chasidei Chabad Lubavitch.

lubavitch.com | News | Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Seven Menorahs in North East, London: A Grateful Man Gives Back

When Grant was a child in the sixties, living in Stamford Hill, in a non-observant home just two streets away from the Lubavitch Foundation of the United Kingdom.

Mussi Sharfstein | News | Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Chanukah 2019 Story Roundup

A roundup of the stories and thought pieces that made up our Chanukah content for Chanukah 2019-5770.

News | Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Do We Need Anti-Semitism To Keep Us Jewish?

Swados asked the Rebbe whether it was his opinion, then, “that the tragedy was not a unique visitation upon the Jewish people, and that it could happen again?” chabad

Baila Olidort | News | Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Soul Lights

Sitting with the Rebbe’s shluchim at the closing session of the Annual International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Emissaries near the end of November, I felt the enormous spiritual power concentrated in the cavernous hall.

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky | News | Monday, December 30, 2019

A Wink From Above

It’s happened to all of us. In this column, we asked readers to tell us about that uncanny experience that reminded them that sometimes, miracles happen . . . to us, here, now.

News | Saturday, December 28, 2019

At 100, Vet Who Fought The Nazis Lights Menorah For The First Time

When the rabbi visited Yeffim Isakovich at his home on Thursday, the fifth night of Chanukah, to celebrate the Red Army Veteran’s 100th birthday, Yeffim marked another milestone as he lit the menorah for the first time in his life.

Ashira Weiss | News | Friday, December 27, 2019

A Rock From Dachau At A Massachusetts Menorah

He ran to his car parked nearby and I wondered what he could possibly be giving me. He returned with a small lucite box that contained a stone glued to a miniature pedestal. "This rock is from Dachau," he explained.

Rabbi Michoel Green | News | Thursday, December 26, 2019

When Kids Are The Lone Menorah

"On the one hand you know you’re different, and on the other hand, all you want is to fit in with your peers," explains Shachar Peleg. Her Israeli-raised parents initially weren’t sure how to support their children whose childhood experience was so different from their own. They just knew they didn’t want Chanukah to be secularized.

Ashira Weiss | News | Thursday, December 26, 2019

A Little Boy Who Lit up His Town

“Why is there no menorah in Chadwick Lake Park next to the tree?” five-year-old Brandon asked. His Dad was impressed by the kid's thoughtfulness, but the question had him stumped.

Ashira Weiss | News | Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Fun Chanukah Quiz!

Jewish tradition employs candle lighting to mark many important events, significant dates and Shabbat and festivals. Lighting candles is central to the observance of Chanukah. In this issue we look at Talmudic discussions that relate to light.

News | Tuesday, December 24, 2019