First Project for New Shluchim to Panama: A Cemetery

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.

Weekly Story: My Time Is Now

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?”

Weekly Letter: Why Suffering?

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 L’Chaim, a Yahrtzeit and a Set of New Parents

by Yochonon Donn - Hamodia

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.

Op-Ed: Chabad is Not a Humanitarian Organization

“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.”