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There wasn’t a single person who was not moved to tears when young Shliach Moshe Cohen of Manchester, UK whose mother Esty Cohen (nee Rubin) passed away just a month ago, delivered his Dvar Torah. The crowd gave Moshe a standing ovation as he said “my mother is proud that I am carrying on my Shlichus, with a smile just as she taught me”.

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Family First: Banquet Focuses on the Jewish Home

by Mendy Rimler – Lubavitch.com

Photos by Meir Alfasi – Shturem.net

Despite the chilly temperatures blowing off the New York Harbor Sunday evening, the ambience at the Gala Banquet of the International Conference of Chabad Shluchim was warm and inspired. The backdrop of the podium, designed as a brightly lit living room lined with bookshelves filled with Jewish books was meant to convey the warmth of a Jewish home. The Pier’s bare structure, beautifully transformed for the event with handsome lighting, draped walls and ceilings, was the venue for the 4500 person sit-down dinner at elegantly set candle-lit tables, capping off the five-day International Conference of Chabad–Lubavitch Emissaries.

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Essay: “The sandwiches will be delivered in an hour”

Today marks two years since the lives of six precious Jews who were murdered al kiddush hashem in the terror attacks in the Chabad House in Mumbai. Rabbi Gavirel and his wife Rivkah Holtzberg, the Shluchim that ran the Chabad House, Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Teitelbaum, Norma Schwartzberg Rabinowitz, Yochved Orpaz and Rabbi Ben Tzion Korman.

7 People Killed Since Saturday Night

NY Times

The mini-spike in murders that has pushed the homicide rate up 15 percent so far this year continued with three more killings this morning, following four on Saturday night and Sunday. Through Sunday, there were 459 murders this year, compared with 399 at this time last year, the police said this morning. Here are the seven new killings:

An Outsider Comes Home to 5000 Chabad Colleagues

by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Rabbi Shmuley dancing with Shluchim after the rollcall.

Tonight I attended the international Chabad emissary conference – the Kinus Hashluchim HaOlami – for the first time in sixteen years. When I was the Rebbe’s emissary at Oxford University I came annually. But with my split from Chabad over my inclusion of non-Jewish students at Oxford, I stopped.

Op-Ed: Burying Our Differences

by R.L. Arzi – Neshei Chabad Newsletter

Recently I had the z’chus to attend a bar mitzvah out-of-town in the U.S.A. Shluchim made it for their son. And while there I witnessed something so beautiful, and sadly, so rare. Let me tell you about it.

I’ll call the Shliach who made the bar mitzvah Shliach A and his friend, Shliach B. Shliach B came, of course, Shabbos to Shul to celebrate the bar mitzvah. The boy lained, and spoke, and then came the grand Kiddush. As a gesture of closeness with his buddy, Shliach A, Shliach B took L’Chaim a few times and got the whole crowd, most of whom were not frum, to singing and dancing.

Thousands Of Rabbis Attend Annual Conference

NY1

More than 4,000 rabbis from all over the world gathered in Brooklyn over the weekend to celebrate their culture and religion.

Halacha and the Parasha: Yaaleh Veyavo

On Rosh Chodesh it is customary that we add a number of Tefilos, one of them is we add Yaaleh Veyavo during Shmoneh Esreh. What if one forgot to say it or is unsure if he did?

Senator Joins Oklahomans in Celebration of Jewish Life

by Jessica Naiman – Chabad.org

Nechoma Goldman, co-director of the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning, left, poses with Hadassah Lieberman, Glenna Tanenbaum, Richard Tanenbaum and Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

Four-term Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman talked politics and spirituality in Oklahoma City, Okla., taking the dais at the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning to celebrate 13 years of full-time Chabad-Lubavitch activities in the state.

Cops in the 77th Told to Meet Quotas

NY Daily News

The NYPD says there’s no such thing as a ticket quota, but memos posted at a Brooklyn stationhouse say otherwise.

Two notices obtained by the Daily News clearly spell out how many moving-violation summonses cops should be handing out.

Aiming for Banquet DVD in Record Timing

Several minutes ago a photographer walked into JEM’s offices, finding JEM’s video editors still hard at work. After weeks of work preparing over ten unique videos which were featured throughout the Kinus Hashluchim, JEM’s video editors are spending yet another night at work – this time to edit the DVD in the banquet in time for the morning.