This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 124, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How Can I Overcome My Jealousy of Others? Can My Soulmate be a Non-Jew? Is Shiva Asar B’Taamuz Only a Commemoration? Can People Honestly Change?
Avraham Yosef and Simcha Baez (Crown Heights)
Jews in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, along with their spiritual leader Rabbi Binyomin Wagner, were excited to meet Mr. Zvi Hefetz, the Israeli Ambassador to Russia.
“When Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Republican National Convention, I thought he was about to call for a Moment of Silence in our schools,” writes Aliza Bas Menachem in this powerful op-ed reflecting on the current tensions and racial strife affecting the country. Unfortunately, he didn’t.
A tense religious dispute between Orthodox Jews in Crown Heights over a new eruv is now getting it’s first literary treatment — as a Dr. Seuss-style poem.
Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket.
We present an uplifting collection of photos and videos as the Rebbe sheds light on the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, courtesy of JEM.
Yehuda Fenton (Lexington, MA) and Chana Silver (Crown Heights)
Most Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries launch their arrival in a new city or country with programs such as one-on-one study, holiday programs, summer camp and Hebrew school. Rabbi Yakov and Hana Poliwoda have something else in mind for their first project in Boquete, Panama: a Jewish cemetery.
This Shabbos at the Besht, Rabbi Ari Kirschenbaum will lead a discussion on the topic – Can Jews be domesticated?
The Rebbe asked him, “Reb Herschel, would you have wanted to live in the times of Reb Yochanon ben Zakai?” Surprised at this hypothetical question, Reb Herschel replied, “Of course it would have been interesting to live in that time.” The Rebbe then asked, “And how about to live in the time of the Rambam?”
Rabbi Shmuel Lesches, Magid Shiur in the Yeshiva Gedola of Melbourne, Australia, has compiled a guide to the laws and customs of the fast of the 17th of Tammuz and the three weeks for the benefit of the wider Lubavitch community.
A Federal judge has dismissed the third of three lawsuits filed by neighbors against Chabad of East Boca Raton, FL, which has received permission from the city to begin work on a magnificent new synagogue and community center, under leadership of Rabbi Ruvi New.
Binyamin and Yosefa Wood-Isenberg (Crown Heights)
CrownHeights.info and Lubavitch Archives present a unique photo of the Rebbe in conversation during Kos Shel Brachah, circa early 1970s.
A shopkeeper and his worker interrupted a brazen robbery attempt in front of their store and the would be thief, who appeared to be no older than 14 years- old, pulled a gun on them before fleeing.
With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Kayla Silkes, OBM, longtime Crown Heights resident and beloved teacher at the Mosdos Day Care Center for many years. She was 70 years old.
Shiva info in the extended article.
As we approach the fast of 17 Tammuz and the three weeks, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he delves into the age-old question of why there is so much suffering in this world. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.
A story which began some thirty years ago with a bottle of wine from the Rebbe, followed by a goodbye party last year in Belgium, came full circle last week on Gimmel Tammuz in basement Shul in Boro Park.
The dining room roared with excitement during an early lunch, as Gan Yisroel-Montreal campers were given the great news, ‘Bivouac’!
“The other day I heard someone say Chabad was ‘a humanitarian Jewish organization.’ I cringed” writes Baila Olidort, the Director of Communications at Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters. “Today we speak of social good and humanitarian causes as if they are millennial values. We are uneasy talking about things that aren’t politically correct, like G-d, chosenness, intermarriage, or the rituals and practices that identify us as Jews.”
Great Big Story, a video news network, interviewed the Crown Heights-based band called Perl to hear about their performances and how they’re empowering women not just in their community, but in their religion to overcome misperceptions of oppression.