This week, as we prepare for Shavuos, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he gives an answer to the question: since we live in a society based on law and order, are the laws of the Torah still relevant today as they were thousands of years ago? The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
There were more than enough reasons to encourage a fair share of Calgary’s Jews to come out and celebrate one cloudy day in May: Lag B’Omer, Mother’s Day, and the dedication ceremony for Chabad of Calgary’s new Centre for Jewish Life.
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Teachers are full of praise for an exclusive night Kolel for teachers that opened its doors in Crown Heights. Tens of teachers – veteran educators alongside energetic beginners – gathered on the opening night in the Kolel Menachem building to learn and be inspired.
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Mark Zuckerberg, the world’s sixth wealthiest person, returned to Harvard Law School to obtain his degree after having dropped out to found Facebook. Seen here wishing him well is his former Campus Rabbi, director of Harvard Chabad Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Zarchi.
Graco is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.
Watch this amazing aerial footage of the great Lag Ba’omer Parade of Los Angeles, California.
An “animal rights” group will appeal the decision of a federal judge in California, who dismissed a lawsuit they filed against Chabad of Irvine for holding a Kapporos ceremony on the eve of Erev Yom Kippur.
Levi Kesselman (Detriot, MI) and Devorah Leah Spalter (Costa Rica)
President Donald Trump’s effort to get the Palestinian Authority to stop giving money to jailed terrorists and their families will expose the “duplicity” of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, the editor-in-chief of The Algemeiner, Dovid Efune, said during an i24 News appearance on Monday, during which he debated Omar Baddar of the Arab American Institute.
Shmaya Shusterman (Melbourne, Australia) and Sheina Gruzman (Vienna, Austria)
An Orthodox Jewish paramedic is suing a New York hospital for discrimination for not allowing her to wear skirts.
Mrs. Zlata (Freiman) Hertzel is the principal of the Chabad Girls School in Nazereth Illit, in 1996 her husband, Meir, passed away. She was remarried to Rabbi Yeshayau Hertzel, the Chief Rabbi of Nazaereth Illit, where she was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in May of 2015.
A bill co-naming a section of Lefferts Avenue has passed the NYC Council, the street and intersection in front of Beis Rivkah Elementary schools will be known as “Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, Schneerson Square.”
“While you are out shopping for cheesecake and other delicacies for Shavuos, please take a minute and think about your friends, neighbors and relatives who are calling us for money and knocking on our door so that they can buy challah and milk for Yom Tov,” writes director of Chevra Simchas Shabbos V’Yomtov (CSSY) Rabbi Bentzion Stock in a letter to the Crown Heights community.
A Chasidic man driving in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was issued a ticket for going through a red light on Tuesday. The only problem: the vehicle had a dashcam which proves that no red light was passed.
Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem paid a visit to the home of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel-Steinsaltz on Monday afternoon to present the renowned scholar and author with the Yakir Yerushalayim (Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem) medal, which would be presented later that evening to 11 other recipients at a ceremony at the Tower of David in Jerusalem’s Old City.
This Sunday marked the passing of a historical figure: David T. Chase. Fittingly, David’s children and grandchildren chose this special day to visit the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown. They selected David’s first Yahrtzeit as an appropriate time to bask in the beauty of the campus that bears their father’s name, and to participate in a memorial ceremony.
On Sunday, May 14th, 2017 Jews worldwide celebrated Lag Baomer, a day celebrating the life and learning of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and Rabbi Akiva. In Brooklyn, New York, a huge parade was arranged by the NCFJE, bringing together people from all different backgrounds and from many different walks of life. This year more than ever, those with special needs were not left out.
On Monday evening, 26 Iyear, 34 students of Oholei Torah, Lubavitcher Yeshiva-Crown St., Cheder Lubavitch of Morristown and Cheder Chabad of Monsey competed against each other in the final round of the Chidon Shoneh Halachos.
Filmed in South Africa, Fly Away is the message of a young teen who is part of a community of converts to Judaism living in the slums of Johannesburg, where basic necessities like running water and electricity are nothing more than a dream and violence and fear are part of the daily diet. Against all odds, the light of Judaism burns brightly with his soul, giving him the confidence to believe that, like Nissim, he too will one day able to emerge from a cocoon of darkness into a world illuminated by the beauty of a life filled with Torah.