Weekly Story: ‘I Am a Schneersonki’

The NKVD interrogator continued, “All religious Jews say a blessing, before they eat food, but you place your hand over your yarmulkah, when you recite the blessing. Only a Schneesonki does that!” he thundered.

As California Wildfires Rage, Close Calls for Many

“You see it. You smell it. Anywhere you drive around the city, you see the fire in the mountains,” said Rabbi Choni Marozov, co-director of Chabad of S. Clarita Valley in Southern California with his wife, Frumi. “This was definitely the worst we have seen. There have been other fires similar distances away, but they usually last a day, a day-and-a-half; this one has lasted much longer. Plus, the winds keep changing direction, so it would move away a bit and then come back.”

Rabbi and 90-Year-Old Patient Share a Milestone

Yankees fans were ecstatic. Lefty Gomez and Joe DiMaggio had just helped their team sweep the Cincinnati Reds to win the 1939 World Series. In Newark, N.J., 12 year-old Bill Shank was happily anticipating his forthcoming bar mitzvah. Studying with the cantor at B’nei Abraham Synagogue, he was almost ready for his big day.

Weekly Letter: Was the Creation of the State of Israel the Beginning of the Redemption?

This week we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he writes that we are not in Aschalta d’Geulah, yet urges that life in Eretz Yisrael must be conducted in accordance with the Torah – and explains how there is no inconsistency between these two ideas. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Jewish Life Grows at McGill University

After being displaced from their campus Chabad House digs for some three years, hundreds of Jewish students who find a haven at Chabad of McGill University are finally settling back into their newly remodeled Chabad House. A former row house, the 100 year-old building underwent an intensive $2.2 million renovation and expansion and was finally rededicated in early April 2016.

Chabad Shows Appreciation for Local Law Enforcement

Despite the intense heat, citizens from across the Conejo Valley in California gathered outside the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Calabasas Tuesday afternoon to show their support for local law enforcement. The event was organized by Rabbi Moshe Bryski, executive director of the Chabad of the Conejo, who was touched by a Facebook post he read by one of the officers slain in the recent shooting incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Judge Rules Against Merkos on Logo Infringement

On Monday, a Federal Judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, led by Rabbi Yehudah Krinsky, against Vaad L’Hafotzas Sichos, led by Rabbi Zalman Chanin, seeking injunctive relief for the Vaad’s unauthorized use of the Kehot logo on volumes of Likutei Sichos and other publications.