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Dramatic Chabad Growth in South Florida Latest Sign of 75-Year ‘American Jewish Revolution’

It has been 75 years since the sixth Lubavitcher RebbeRabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, a refugee from Communist Russia, Nazi Germany and war-torn Europe—arrived on America’s shores in 1940, on 9 Adar, 5700, which corresponds this year to Feb. 28, 2015. And in that time, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has developed into a vibrant presence in Jewish communities around the nation and the world, with the most dramatic recent growth taking place among young families.

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Explosion in Kharkov Rattles Ukrainian Jewry

An explosion on Sunday rocked a peaceful demonstration in the eastern city of Kharkov, Ukraine, killing three people and injuring nearly a dozen others. The march celebrated one year since the events last February at Maidan Square in Kiev, which led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, who is now in exile in Russia.

Reb Michoel Teitelbaum: A Chossid’s Daring Rescue

Today, Vov Adar mark’s ten years since the passing of Reb Michoel Teitelbaum, OBM. Reb Michoel, together with his wife, Rebbetzin Esther Teitelbaum, are known to be the founders of Mossad Chinuch Oholei Torah, the largest Chabad yeshiva today. What many may not know, is the long history of mesirus nefesh that Reb Michoel had back in Soviet Russia.

Photos: European Rabbis Learn Self-Defense

Hundreds of Rabbis received basic training in first aid and self-defense at a conference organized by the Rabbinical Centre of Europe and the European Jewish Association. The annual conference, which was this year held in Prague, Czech Republic, brought together community leaders from across the European continent, with participants given basic training in self-defense and first aid following a recent spate of terror attacks across the EU.

Over 500 Essays on Chassidus Submitted for Contest

The excitement was palpable and the inspiration contagious as hundreds of submissions poured in to the Meaningful Life Center’s inbox hours before the MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay Contest deadline last Thursday night, surprising MLC staff and judges with the sheer number of participants – over 500 essays – committed to learning, researching and writing an original essay on the application of Chassidus to a life challenge.

Audio: Purim Dance Track

Crown Heights musician Aron Niasoff has produced a new lively Purim dance track, which he is sharing with the community to stream and download free of charge. The track is perfect for Purim parties, Purim vehicles, or merely for one’s personal enjoyment.

Letter: Community Must Unite to Heal

As the Royal Commission Hearings on Child Abuse rip through the heart of Australia’s Orthodox-Jewish community, one Sydney Chabad Shliach – Rabbi Danny Yaffe – wrote the following heartfelt open letter, which was published in the local Jewish Media outlet J-Wire.

Mother of Autistic Child Champions Special Needs Awareness

Chana Sharfstein is a fighter. Throughout much of her life she endured tragedy, struggles and many obstacles. This never deterred her, always fighting for what was right and in her eyes just. When her autistic daughter Zlatie passed away last year at the age of 53, it propelled her to continue to fight on behalf of people with special needs.

Chabad Caught in Middle of Israeli Political War

Chabad has become the center of an ongoing Israeli political battle dubbed by many ‘the war of recordings.’ Recently a decade-old recording was released in which Rabbi Meir Mazuz, the spiritual leader of the Yachad party, is heard attacking Chabad in nasty terms.