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‘The Poor of Your City Come First’

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.

Op-Ed: The JTA’s ‘Top 10’ Got it Wrong

“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

Newly Uncovered Letters Reveal Rebbe’s Kibud Eim

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.

Mitzvah Tank Office Expects Bigger Sukkos Season

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.

New Jersey Shliach Addresses Anti-Hate Rally

“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.”

Shliach Speaks Out Against German Far-Right Party

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.