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Jews in Sports: New York’s Jewish Icemen

by Yossi Goldstein

After the National Hockey League Players’ Association and NHL Owners (finally) came to a Collective Bargaining Agreement on whether the millionaires or the billionaires would earn an additional dollar for the next eight-to-ten-years, the regular-season for the NHL is set to begin play by week’s end.

Our Heroes: Reb Chaim Halevi Hurwitz (1902-1999)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson
With special thanks to Rabbi Dovid Hurwitz

Part 1: Horav Hachossid Reb Chaim Hurwitz, fondly known as Reb Chaim Tashkenter, was born to Hachossid Reb Moshe Avrohom Halevi and Mrs. Masha Liba on Shushan Purim 1902 in Suraz, Russia. Suraz, north of Vitebsk and 40 km. from Horodok, was a genuinely chassidishe city.

Our Heros: Rabbi Eliyohu Moshe Liss (1909-1988)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Rabbi Liss speaking with students at the Lubavitch Yeshiva Bedford and Dean Ave

In honor of his 25th Yarhrzeit, the 16th of Teves and the Yahrzeit of his wife, the 29th of Teves.

Hachossid Rabbi Eliyohu Moshe Liss was born in Nissan 1909, in the city of Dlugoshdola near Vishkov, Poland. Rabbi Liss was not able to verify his date of birth. On one occasion, he asked the Rebbe what date to commemorate. The Rebbe advised him that since Rabonim are considered kings, and the month of Nissan is considered the New Year for kings, therefore he should commemorate his birthday in Nissan.

Our Heros: Reb Moshe Aharon Geisinsky (1917-1993)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson
A special thanks to Rabbi Dr. Shimon Nuebort

Horav Hachossid Rabbi Moshe Aharon Geisinsky was born on the 21st of Teves, 5677/1917 in the village of Tashan Pereaislav, a suburb of Kiev to Reb Ben Zion, a chossid of the Rachmistrivker Rebbes of the Chernobyl dynasty and to Mrs. Chaya Rochel, a daughter of a prominent Rabbinical family. This time period constituted an important chapter in the history of Chabad Chassidus marking the Soviet persecutions of the 1930’s until the present day.

The Divine Candle

by Yochanan Gordon

Despite the vast amount of recovery and relief still ahead of us post-Hurricane Sandy, Chanukah could not come at a more opportune time. The whole purpose of Chanukah is to introduce the notion that where things are naturally dark, G-d introduces a miraculous light to illuminate that darkness.

Our Heros: Reb Eliyohu Chaim Roitblat (1908-1997)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Hachossid Reb Eliyohu Chaim Abulsky (Roitblat) was born in 1908 to Hachossid Reb Shmaryohu, known as Shmerel the Melamed, and Mrs. Shterna Baila in Nevelle. His unique features were already obvious in childhood, and his friends later recalled his exceptional yiras shomayim, which was above the average. An example of his extraordinary fear of Hashem was his resolution to begin putting on Rabenu Tam Tefillin at the time of his Bar Mitzva, something unusual of in those days.

Blog: Why Koreans Love Jews

by Julia Bass – Jewish Chronicle

RabbI Osher Litzman, Shliach to Seoul, with South Korean prime minister Han Seung-soo.

I was sipping tea with a South Korean friend of my father’s when he asked: “Do you go to church?” It’s a much more common getting-to-know-you question in Korea than in the north-eastern United States, so I replied: “I actually don’t go to church, I’m Jewish.” When the oohs and ahs from members of the family, who were thrilled to learn I was part of the tribe, had subsided, my father’s friend proclaimed: “I forgot your dad is Jewish! Koreans are the Jews of Asia!”

The Gift of Loss: Talking About My Miscarriage

Even though statistics show that many women reading this right now have experienced the loss of a pregnancy, most of these women have not and likely never will publicly address or even mention in private the fact of their miscarriage. Being that this kind of death is a fact of many women’s lives, and that silence and shame only exaggerate the pain, I am opening up about my own miscarriage, which occurred a little over two months ago.

Blog: The Painter of Crown Heights

One thing is certain about Robert Feinland – he has shuls on his mind. His career has spanned over 40 years, exploring landscape, cityscape, sculpture and abstraction. For many of those years he has focused on the relentlessly changing urban landscape of New York, feeling the necessity to document and, in some way preserve, the physical fabric of the city he loves. A selection of recent paintings, most concentrating on the Crown Heights community, is currently at the Chassidic Art Institute. Many of the images are of shuls.

Our Heroes: Rabbi Dov Ber Junik (1927-2005)

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Rabbi Duber Junik, fondly referred to by Anash as Reb Berel, was born in Parluki, Russia in 1927 on the 6th of Menachem Av to Horav Naftoli and Mrs. Golda Ita Junik, descendents of the holy Rabbonim, Reb Levi Yitzchok of Berditshev, Reb Pinchos of Koritz and Reb Menachem Nochum of Chernobel. Under the influence of the Rav of the city, HoRav Hillel Solozuvski, Reb Naftoli became acquainted with Chabad Chassidus. Reb Naftoli was a Yireh Shomayim and did not send his children to government schools but brought them up with mesiras nefesh in an underground cheder.

Letter: Pesach as a Lone Soldier

by Anonymous

File Photo: Farbrengen for lone soldiers at Mordy Botnick’s ‘the Rebbe’s Infantry.’

I’m a soldier, AKA I.D. # 7756395. While that’s my identity on base, this letter is to convey my appreciation of and gratitude to the people who remind me of my true identity. My story is not unique to me; it involves many of my comrades as well. Most of all it is about those who care for us. Moreover, the events that I write about are not in the past but ongoing, each week.

Blog: Pesach in Mumbai

by Esti Karniel

Photo: Shturem

Busy roads, choking air and thousands of people wandering the streets, tired after a tedious day at work. Children and homeless toddlers are scattered between sidewalks and begging mothers. Sunset brings with it the advent of Pesach, the Holiday of Freedom. I arrive at Bombay’s elegant Trident hotel in the heart of the prevailing stench outside.

Our Heroes: Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Eizik Hodakov

by Rabbi Michoel Seligson

Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Eizik Hodakov was born in 1902 and passed away in 1993 * Was the Rebbe’s chief secretary for more than 40 years * Became principal of a Jewish school in Latvia at the age of 18 * Was appointed the head of Jewish education for the Latvian Ministry of Education in 1934 * Accompanied the Previous Rebbe on his boat trip to America in 1940 * Appointed director of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch in 1942 * Appointed head secretary of the Rebbe upon his assumption of leadership in 1951 * Remained the Rebbe’s most trustworthy confidant until his passing in 1993.