The Comrades Marathon is to South Africa what the New York City Marathon is to the United States. Only two times as long. At 90 kilometers, or 56 miles, the world’s oldest and largest marathon is billed as the ultimate human race. When the gun goes off this Sunday morning at 5:30, 20,000 runners will descend from the Kwazulu Natal town of Pietermaritzburg to Durban on the sea. Along the way, they will be feted by course-side bands and adoring spectators. And Rabbi Shlomo Wainer.
Bentzi Lesches (Monsey, NY) and Esty (bas Dovid) Cohen (Montreal, Canada)
As we approach the 49th anniversary of the Six-Day War, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he discusses the miracle of the Six-Day War and of the Yom Kippur War. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
Get to know the man behind Yesh Tikvah, Toda, and countless of hits. Ride along with Benny Friedman in filmmaker Meir Kalmenson‘s second installment of Carpool Karaoke.
A fabulous day was had by the girls of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, who enjoyed a Lag Ba’omer Parade and carnival.
In honor of Memorial Day, Shliach and Air Force Chaplain Capt. Elie Estrin, along with Capt. Ari Wood of the U.S. Army and Lt. Commander Greg Touchton of the U.S. Navy, place flags and pray at the graves of military veterans in Seattle, Washington, in a program sponsored by the local chapter of Jewish War Veterans and co-sponsored by various Jewish communal groups.
The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the New Jersey town of Toms River after its refusal of a zoning variance that will allow a Chabad rabbi to lead prayers in his home.
All the schools in Crown Heights celebrated Lag Baomer with a unity Hakhel gathering in the Old Boys and Girls School Field, the site which the Rebbe visited a similar gathering 25 years ago.
A disturbing incident was caught on surveillance camera in Flatbush, where a con artist purposely rode his bike into a stationary car, then fell to the ground and feigned injury.
New photos of Lag Ba’omer parades with the Rebbe were discovered over the past two weeks by Lubavitch Archives.
Lubavitcher Photographer Meir Alfasi took Judaism to new heights by trekking up Mount Everest with his black hat and Kapota, along with paper and a printer, and printing the Tanya on the mountain. “The Lubavitcher Rebbe instructed us to print the Tanya in every place where there are Jews,” he told Israeli media.
Rabbi Daniel Grodnitzky, a Philadelphia Chabad Shliach, teamed up with several of his congregants and friends to form a new ‘Jewish-American roots blues band,’ named Shoresh, which is making its debut this Lag Ba’omer.
Rabbi Gershon Lieder presently serves as the Director of Mayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak, Israel. He was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in his office in August of 2012.
A Lag Ba’omer bonfire and celebration took place for the 32nd year running on Empire Boulevard, in the backyard of the Horowitz family home. Together, the Horowitz family and Rabbi Nachman Twerskei held their annual ‘Hadlokoh’ of a Bonfire in honor of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.
Hundreds of Crown Heights residents of all ages turned out tonight, Wednesday, for the Lag Ba’omer bonfire on Kingston Avenue, in front of the George Wingate High School.
Girls from Beis Rivka High School had a special Lag Ba’omer evening, which included a bonfire as well as a barbecue, arranged by the school administration. The event included meaningful programing for the girls, ensuring that the evening was celebrated appropriately.
Yossi Parnas (Crown Heights) and Batya (bas R’ Moshe) Preger (Crown Heights)
Chaim Shmuel Ladaev (Crown Heights) and Shprintza Gutnick (Crown Heights)
Yankee (ben Berel) Junik (Crown Heights) and Rendel Leah (bas Yoske) Levin (Crown Heights)
Mendel Adelman (Amherst, MA) and Shterni Freeman (Los Angeles, CA)
Following his first album, Eli Marcus is back with some new and exciting music. In honor of Lag Ba’omer, we bring you “Kol Hamesameach” off Eli’s upcoming dance album Energy, due out for Shavuos. The new single was produced by Mendy Friedman, composed by newcomer Shmuel Dovid Mezei, and arranged by Sholom Lieberman.
As Lag Ba’omer approaches, we’re reminded of the precious opportunity we had to witness such glory as the great parades with the Rebbe in times past.