Letter & Spirit: The Story Behind the Photo

Does the above innocuous photograph of a boy wearing Tefilin look familiar to you? If not, try covering up the photo below the pencil line drawn across it… how about now? The upper portion of this photo, depicting the proper placement of the Tefilin Shel Rosh, appears in the back of almost every old print of Siddur Tehilas Hashem, as well as several other Lubavitch publications.

Jewish Community Watch Raises $100,000+

Yesterday afternoon, the anti-child-abuse organization Jewish Community Watch launched a fundraising campaign in anticipation of the relaunching of their website, with the goal of raising $100,000 in 24 hours. Barely halfway through the day, the funds were already raised.

Update: With only minutes to spare, JCW Has achieved their secondary goal of raising $150,000.

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The Rebbe’s Annual Call for Summertime Tznius

“Prior to the summer, the Rebbe would – almost annually – discuss the topic of Tznius,” says Oholei Torah Mashpia Rabbi Michoel Seligson. At his suggestion, CrownHeights.info proudly presents a new weekly feature for the summer months, in which a few words of the Rebbe on topic of Tznius will be presented for our readers, as compiled by Rabbi Seligson.

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Ukrainian Jews Flee War Zones

Anna Kroll sighs with relief. She’s grateful for the opportunity to care for her month-old daughter in the comfort and quiet of the Chabad-run old age home in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where she has found refuge. The Lugansk native watched her hometown erupt in violence over the past few months. Recently, as the situation grew more dangerous, she escaped with her extended family and newborn to Eastern Ukraine’s largest Jewish community, where she was welcomed with open arms.