Weekly Letter: The Importance of a Jewish Name

This week, as we read in the Torah Parshas Shemos, we present a letter from the Rebbe in which he emphasizes the importance of a Jewish name. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s personal trusted secretary, Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Life Sketches: The Empty Seat

Lubavitch.com features stories about day-to-day Shlichus from Chabad emissaries around the world in a series titled Life Sketches. In this story, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Wolff of Kherson, Ukraine, relates the aftermath of a chance encounter with the local prison warden.

New Haven Whatsapp Group Keeps Police Informed

Residents of New Haven, Connecticut, feel much safer these days amid the rising popularity of a Whatsapp group that keeps tabs on the neighborhood’s safety and keeps police in the loop about any criminal or suspicious activity. The group was founded a year ago by Lubavitcher resident Mendy Katz, and already boasts over 500 vetted participants, including many police precincts.

Last-Ditch Letter to Obama for Rubashkin Pardon

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced that he had commutated the sentences of 209 individuals and pardoned 64 others. Members of the Orthodox Jewish community were dismayed to see that Sholom Rubashkin’s name was not among those issued clemency, prompting New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch write an open letter to the president in a last-ditch effort for clemency.

Here’s My Story: The Full Picture

Since 1976, Shlomo (Solomon) Jakobovits has served as the principal of the Eitz Chaim Orthodox Day School in Toronto, Ontario, where he was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in June of 2012.