Via Yeshiva World News: It is unknown where this flight was flying to, or if this was a privately chartered flight, but the video speaks for itself. After the screens are covered, some passengers break out in applause.
Kapparos is once again available to year-round residents of Crown Heights at a deeply discounted price, thanks to the involvement of two philanthropists with a history of supporting the Crown Heights community.
Rabbi Yoel Kahn, chief Chozer of the Rebbe, and Rabbi Yitzchok Yehudah Yeruslavsky, Mazkir of Beis din rabbonei Chabad, have come out publically urging the continued support of the Vaad Hatmimim, among whose many initiatives is providing room and warm meals to the many guests who come in for Tishrei, and which is currently running a matching campaign.
Our Chazal tell us “Aniyei Ircha Kodmim” – The first and foremost tzedakah goes to the poor and needy in your community. CSSY, the organization that helps needy Crown Heights families celebrate Shabbos and Yomtov, is the embodiment of this directive.
“Every year, when the Jewish Telegraphic Agency summarizes the top ten Jewish moments of the year (“that had the most significance for Jews”), I am reminded of how out-of-touch and how irrelevant the JTA are to the Jewish community in general, and to the Orthodox Jewish community in particular,” Writes Los Angeles attorney Baruch C. Cohen in this op-ed he submitted to CrownHeights.info.
Asher and Leah (nee Blau) Israeli (Kiryat Gat, Israel)
An Israeli border policeman and two security guards were killed and another was critically wounded in an early morning terror attack at a security checkpoint near the neighborhood of Har Adar, the terrorist was shot and killed.
Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, delivers his insights on Yom Kippur. This week Rabbi Minkowicz answers the question: What is the quickest way to attain forgiveness?
Avi Reiber (Crown Heights) and Nava DeShurko (Ohio)
A Jewish woman was suddenly and unprovokedly accosted by woman who grabbed her wig off her head and shouted an anti-Semitic expletive at her, while she was walking on Eastern Parkway.
Rabbi Shalom Greenberg has celebrated Sukkot in Shanghai every year since 1998, but this year’s the first that he’s been able to legally import the traditional arbaah minim—four species—into Mainland China.
In honor of Vov Tishrei, Rebbetzin Chana’s fifty-third yahrtzeit, five letters and telegrams sent by the Rebbe to Rabbi Binyamin Gorodetzky have been released for the first time, shedding light on the tremendous kibud eim the Rebbe had for his mother. See the full story in the extended article for photos of the Rebbe’s ksav yad and the original telegrams.
200 Crown Heights high school girls gathered for Friendship Circle Brooklyn’s Annual Volunteer Kickoff. These Girls from four local high schools, Bais Rivkah, Bnos Menachem, Bnos Chomesh and Beis Chaya Mushka, joined together to volunteer for an important organization in the community – The Friendship Circle.
The Jewish community of Veliky Novgorod, Russia, welcomed a new children’s center earlier this month, which became home to the city’s first Jewish kindergarten. The center, called “Aleph”, will also provide a spacious, clean and secure environment for other youth activities and become, what the organizers hope, a “second home” for the city’s youngsters.
With Sukkos quickly approaching, dozens of Bochurim and Shluchim have already confirmed their Sukkah Mobiles for this coming Chol Hamo’ed. After tremendous efforts, by Bochurim and Yungerleit, the Sukkahs are ready to be assembled, rental contracts are already confirmed and much more has already been done in advance of what promises to be the biggest Sukkah Mobile season yet.
As Hurricane Irma bore down on South Florida last weekend, Rabbi Pinny Backman was making arrangements. Backman, who directs Chabad at the University of South Florida with his wife Chava, had more than just his family to worry about; as a community leader, he wanted to ensure the safety of community members as well.
Mendel (ben R’ Binyomin) Wolf (Crown Heights) and Toby Wilansky (Montreal, Canada)
“A child, a youngster, should know why certain things are good and why certain things are evil,” Rabbi Mendel Dubov of Chabad of Sussex County said at a rally after antisemitic graffiti was found on a local diner, then noted that the current political climate has put pressure “on our being, our identity.”
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, met with the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar on the eve of Rosh Hashana. In what has already become a yearly tradition, he sent special greetings to the Jews of the country.
As expected, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was reelected on Sunday to a fourth term in office in her country’s federal election, but many Jewish observers received the results with concern, due to the strong showing of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
A very large crowd of Bochurim, who are in Crown Heights as guests for the month of Tishrei, were welcomed in a special Bruchim Haboim ceremony on Sunday evening.
The newly-inaugurated mikvah in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic looks like any other Jewish ritual bath. Bricks of Jerusalem stone line the walls, the water is blue and clear, and the decor features light pastels. But as you can learn from the plaques on the wall, this mikvah, a first for the island, has been seventy-seven years in the making.