Perception or Deception? The Pious Animal Inclination

by Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov Jax, Fl.

When Kaiser Wilhelm sought to invade Belgium, he was reminded of the signed treaty agreements, of which his actions would be in blatant violation. Dourly brushing the matter aside the Kaiser declared: “We shall take Belgium! As for the treaties? We can trust the philosophers to supply the necessary explanations.”

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Letter & Spirit: Depression vs. Bitterness

In this week’s edition of Letter & Spirit, we present a letter of the Rebbe in which he explains the difference between negative feelings that are productive, and those that are destructive. The letter was written through the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel, and was made available by his son-in-law Rabbi Sholom Ber Shapiro.

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Chabad Rabbi Stays Behind with Trapped Jews in Besieged Ukrainian City

During the summer months of any other year, southeastern Ukraine’s seaside city of Mariupol would draw scores of tourists to its foaming shores. Vacationing by the sea, the morya, is almost a ritual in this part of the world, and until recently, Mariupol, an important port on the northern banks of the Azov Sea, had served that purpose well.

Story: What Is Love?

Today Rabbi Mottel and Chana Sharfstein of Crown Heights mark their 60th wedding anniversary. In honor of the occasion, presents the story of how the Rebbe guided Chana in finding her soul-mate, written by Rabbi Dovid Zaklikowski of Lubavitch Archives.

With Rabbi Raksin’s Killers Still at Large, Miami Jews Remain United, But Fearful

On Monday evening, police officials and community leaders from Miami-Dade met with residents of the North Miami Beach Jewish community to inform them of the latest updates in the unsolved case of a Crown Heights rabbi who was shot and killed while walking to synagogue on August 9, but despite police outreach many residents remain fearful, wondering whether or not the case will ever be solved.

JLI Teens Teaches What’s Relevant to Jewish Youth

Amid the gleaming, densely populated towers of Hong Kong, a dozen Jewish teenagers from various backgrounds were in full-swing class mode at the headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch of Hong Kong. The conversation grew more animated as the subject matter jumped from bullying to honesty to issues of privacy. The teens were excited, engaged. They tried individually to express their own opinions, grappling to apply the core Jewish principles they had been discovering to the topics at hand.

Op-Ed: Is Jewish Inferior?

by Meir Yedidya

We’re in one of the rooms in the Pediatrics Department at Downstate Medical Center. My brother, 16, was suffering from severe stomach pains, and our doctor sent him for some tests and rest until they’ll have it all figured out. I’m sitting beside his bed scribbling on the margins of a Sudoku book; he’s watching a video on my phone. While contemplating my future summer plans, an official looking guy – dressed casually, but definitely working for the Hospital – with a big smile walks in, and explaining that his job is to ensure that the Hospitals patients don’t fall behind in their studying for the upcoming high school Regents, asks if my brother will be needing any help.