Leshana Tovah Belimud HaChasidus ve Darchei HaChasidus, Tikosaivu VeTichosaimu!
Today, Yud Tes Kislev, “The Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus,” marks 217 years since the release of the Alter Rebbe, R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chasidus Chabad, from prison in the year 5559 (1798). This year also marks 203 years since the Alter Rebbe’s Histalkus. In honor of this auspicious day, which is referred to by Chasidim as the “Holiday of Holidays,” Farbrengens are being held around the world!
Since adopting a purple cover for the second edition in 1990, the groundbreaking “Spice and Spirit” has become widely known as “The Purple Cookbook.”
Steaming-hot chicken soup with carrots, a fluffy matzah ball sitting in the golden broth. Potato latkes piled high, covered with a healthy dose of sour cream or applesauce. And gefilte fish—that sometimes maligned but secretly loved mixture of ground carp, eggs, matzah meal, pepper and sugar, eaten with the mandatory chrein (Yiddish for “horseradish”). Jewish food has a way of stirring up our fondest memories: a grandmother’s Formica kitchen, a snowy Chanukah evening, a traditional Shabbat meal.
In a sight yet to be seen in Moscow, some 2,000 people gathered to partake in a grand Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengen, marking the day the Alter Rebbe was freed from Czarist prison.
With the approach of the Chag HaGeulah of Yud-Tes Kislev, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky released an open letter to the community, reminding everyone to to take part in the annual ‘Chalukas Hashas,’ an initiative begun by the Alter Rebbe following his release from prison.
Last night, Motzei Shabbos, Reb Yoel Kahan, the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s head ‘Chozer,’ paid a visit to the Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach, with whom he discussed deep concepts in Torah and Chassidus.
Over a thousand Jews of all stripes gathered together in Borough Park to celebrate Yud Tes Kislev, the Yahrtzeit of the Mezritcher Maggid and Yom Hageulah of the Alter Rebbe.
Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Ocean Parkway and HaMesivta have launched a 24 hour campaign to raise $160,000, which will enable them to continue offering scholarships to many of their students.
The students of Cheder at the Ohel had a special gathering in honor of Yud Daled Kislev, the Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s anniversary.
The students at Cheder Chabad Girls of Long Island had a most enjoyable time conducting a mock wedding in honor of the 14th of Kislev, the Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s anniversary.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch passed away in the Jewish year 5626 (1866). Now, 150 years later, large portions of one of his most widely learned works, Derech Mitzvotecha, have been made available online in English for the very first time.
Glenn Gromann, member of the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning committee.
A city leader in Boca Raton, FL, received anti-Semitic verbal abuse on social media and via email after supporting plans for a new Chabad synagogue and Jewish museum, Florida’s WPTV reported.
“Webster dictionary defines the Hebrew word “mitzvah” as “a meritorious or charitable act.” Wednesday morning, Rabbi Yisroel Hahn was doing just that,” reported KHQ News of Spokane, WA.
The late Shirley Chisholm was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House when she posthumously received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Chisholm made history in 1968 when she became the first female black American elected to Congress, representing New York’s 12th District for seven terms. She also became the first major-party black candidate for president of the United States when she ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 1972.
Earlier this week, the Jewish community of Ivanovo, Russia, now on the rebound after years of stagnant activity, celebrated the opening of a new synagogue and Jewish community center.
Yudi Weinbaum is passionate about many things—chief among them, Judaism, with soccer trailing behind as a close second.
The Jewish community in Boca Raton, FL, is on edge as police say they are investigating a possible hate crime: a 19-year-old Lubavitcher bochur was randomly attacked by an assailant who shouted that Jews belong in concentration camps and that “Hitler was right.”
The International Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos is back on the horizon. The date has been set, and hundreds of children from schools across America, Canada, Australia, and England are getting ready to compete.
In keeping with the Rebbe’s directives, the Lubavitch community of Montreal joined together on Yud Kislev, the Chag Hage’ulah of the Mitteler Rebbe, for a grand Hakhel gathering at the Chabad Center in Cote S. Luc, directed by Rabbi M. M. Raskin.
In honor of the Chag Hageulah of the Mitteler Rebbe, whose very life was Chassidus, a Father and Son Chassidus program was held in the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva for the 7th and 8th grades.
Municipal official in the southern French city of Marseilles have apparently requested that Chabad cancel their annual public Menorah lighting ceremony, due to security concerns stemming from an anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish teacher in the city last Wednesday.
For the first time in decades, a large group of Chassidim spent last Shabbos, 9-10 Kislev – the birthday, Yahrtzeit and Chag Hageulah of the Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch – at his gravesite in the Ukrainian town of Niezhin.
The three-day ‘Babyland Expo’ in Tel Aviv, which was held from Tuesday to Thursday last week, attracted around 30,000 visitors this year. Many of them stopped to do a Mitzvah at Chabad’s ‘Mivtzoim’ stand.