Story: Yom Kippur with Boris

For many years, Rabbi Col. Fishel Jacobs has served as Chabad’s emissary to Israel’s prisons, where he visits incarcerated Jews and provides them with refreshments, words of encouragement and the opportunity to perform several Mitzvos. The following is an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released memoir, titled Coffee Melts Bars, in which he recounts a Yom Kippur encounter with a hulking middle-aged Russian-Jewish convict named Boris.

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Shliach Thanks Minister for Israel-Belarus Visa-Waiver

To mark the visa-waiver for Israelis traveling to Belarus and Belarusians traveling to Israel, Sofa Landver, Israel’s Minister of Immigrant Absorption, visited the Belarus capital of Minsk. Landver visited the Jewish community and met with the city’s Chief Rabbi Shneur Deitch, who described a city that enjoys peaceful relationship between its minority Jewish community and broader population.

Shliach with ALS Needs Urgent Tehillim

Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, a California Shliach suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) was recently rushed to the emergency room for urgent medical care. Please say Tehillim for Yosef Yitzchok ben Brocha for an immediate and complete recovery. [Tehillim in the Extended article.]

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Winn-Dixie Hosts ‘Challahpalooza’

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Chabad of Tamarac, FL, teamed up with the local Winn-Dixie store to host a “Challahpalooza Family Fest” in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. About two-hundred people came out to sample foods from the store’s kosher deli, as well as taking part in a hands-on challah-making activity, holiday-themed arts-and-crafts and interactive storytelling.

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Following Terrorist Scare Simon Jacobson Energizes Sydney

A visit that was meant to be a pre-Rosh Hashana whirlwind four-day speaking tour and a yartzeit commemoration, turned out to be much more than that. Rabbi Simon Jacobson traveled to Sydney this past weekend to inspire the community for the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe). Just as he arrived, the entire city was left reeling by an aborted terrorist plot and pre-dawn raids in north-west Sydney.