Autism Is No Barrier for Munich Boy’s Bar Mitzvah

When the Diskin family was contemplating a move from the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., to Munich in the late 1980s, there was no Chabad presence in Germany, the Berlin Wall was still standing, and they were instructed by the Rebbe’s secretary to get their parents’ permission before considering the move. Thirty years later, Rabbi Yisroel and Chana Diskin speak fluent German, provide for the many needs of the diverse Jewish community of Munich and oversee 19 Chabad centers around the country. The Diskins have also been open with the community about the personal and practical challenges they have encountered during the last 13 years with their youngest son, Zalman, a young man with autism and hearing impairments.

Weekly Letter: Answering Critics of Lubavitch

When a woman wrote to the Rebbe about critics of the Lubavitch, he responded with what we should answer those critics of sacrificing one’s own Torah learning and advancement to help bring another Jew closer to Yiddishkeit. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Here’s My Story: Who Is A Chassid?

After earning a Ph. D. in biological sciences and studying medicine at Oxford, Dr. David Weiss was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Immunology and Bacteriology at the University of California in Berkley. When he took up this post in 1957, he moved with his family to the San Francisco area. While there, he befriended Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, who was the Rebbe’s emissary to California, and believes that it was Rabbi Cunin who brought him to the Rebbe’s attention.