You know them when you see them, and when you see them, you know it’s Chanukah. The car menorah is a uniquely American innovation—a marketing gimmick created by young yeshivah students in the early 1970s as a way to spread awareness and the message of the eight-day Jewish holiday. Today, they can be found across the globe and on all kinds of vehicles.
While law enforcement agents were searching the Kensington, Brooklyn, home of Akayed Ullah, the would-be suicide attacker who had detonated a pipe bomb in a Manhattan subway on Monday, Rabbi Yisrolik Langsam, who heads a Chabad outpost in the area with his wife Mushkie, arrived at the scene to pass out donuts and Chanukah menorahs and wrap tefillin with Jewish people present — from law enforcement, the media and passersby.
All lanes of the upper level of the Brooklyn-bound side of the Verrazano Bridge were blocked Monday night, causing traffic delays. Included in the jam, which stretched for almost five miles, was a sukka mobile returning from a day of mivtzoim in the Staten Island area. The vehicle sat idle, but the Bochurim that were on it did not.
With Sukkos quickly approaching, dozens of Bochurim and Shluchim have already confirmed their Sukkah Mobiles for this coming Chol Hamo’ed. After tremendous efforts, by Bochurim and Yungerleit, the Sukkahs are ready to be assembled, rental contracts are already confirmed and much more has already been done in advance of what promises to be the biggest Sukkah Mobile season yet.
Following the incident in which a Chabad Chosid was fined for offering passersby to put on Tefillin, the mayor of Herzliya came to the office of Rabbi Reli Halperin, put on Tefillin, and announced the cancellation of the outrageous summons. The two parted with a hug.
Rabbis, yeshivah students and campers greeted participants in the “Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa,” offering kosher food, conversation and the chance for Jewish men to wrap tefillin as they pedaled through Postville.
The “Friday boys,” as they are called – students of the Lubavitch Yeshivah-Zekelman Campus in Oak Park, MI – surpassed a goal of wrapping tefillin with 1,000 men in two months; instead, they reached nearly 1,350.
Rachel Millstone, a congregant at Chabad of East County in San Diego, CA, relates how an unexpected mitzvah performed by her father on a college campus in the mid 1970s transformed their entire family for generations.
Hailing a yellow cab, grabbing a slice of pizza after a Yankees game, strolling through Central Park . . . these are some of the indelible parts of a New York City experience. So, too, is the sight of yeshivah students clamoring from a converted RV—better known as the “mitzvah tank”—tefillinand Shabbat candles in hand as they ask tourists and locals alike: “Excuse me, are you Jewish?” This is their story.
In response to the terror attack in Manchester which left 23 dead and over 60 injured, the most devastating attack to hit England in over a decade, a vigil memorial was held in the city’s Albert Square. Students of Yeshivas Lubavitch Manchester participated in the vigil, and encouraged any Jews they met to do a Mitzvah in memory of the victims.
A Chabad rabbi from Crown Heights, whose great-great grandfather served as spiritual leader of the the Jewish community of North Dakota for 53 years, returned to the state to conduct a Pesach Seder this year.
Marking the 115th birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, dozens of ‘Mitzvah Tanks’ took to the streets of New York City to spread a message of redemption and of Pesach, as a ‘gift’ to the Rebbe.
In light of the Rebbe’s call to make sure that every Jew has Shmurah Matzah for the seder, every year talmidim of the Lubavitch Yeshiva of London distribute matzah to the nearby residents, a project of Kingsley Way Beis Hamedrash and the YGL Shluchim.
Soon after the Havdalah flames are doused on Saturday night, March 11, rabbis and rabbinical students will be starting their engines and embarking on a Purim adventure across the state of New York: bringing cheer to their brethren behind the walls of more than 40 correctional facilities.
Earlier today Israeli Knesset Member Sofa Landver, member of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and Minister of Immigrant Absorption, visited The Ohel during a trip to the United States.
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Michael, a Jewish Melbourne man who was recently photographed putting on Tefilin with two Lubavitcher boys in front of an anti-Israel protest in the city center, which was featured as CrownHeights.info’s Picture of the Day, has reached out to the Yeshiva Gedolah (YG) to express his feelings about the incident.
In the offices of the NCFJE, surrounded by shelves of neatly packed briefcases, sits Rabbi Shazak Zirkind in his classic hat and frock. With a smile that melts your heart he says that he would do everything in his power to help even one Jewish child. And he means it.
Hundreds of Menorah-topped-cars and dozens Mitzvah ‘Tanks’ participated in a massive parade Monday evening, leaving from Crown Heights and traveling through the streets of Manhattan and spreading the light of Chanukah.
A new Mivtzoim campaign, “Light up Brooklyn,” invites women to bring the light of Chanukah to local Brooklynites. Participants will bring Chanukah festivities to residents’ doorsteps through visiting families, seniors, and local venues.
In the hallways of Lubavitch Yeshiva-Zekelman Campus in Oak Park, Mich., just miles from Detroit proper, the anticipation is palpable as the “Friday Boys”—named for their weekly journeys spreading Judaism around the metropolitan area—prepare to bring extra light and energy to the city throughout the eight days of Chanukah.
Former Brooklyn Dodger pitching star Ralph Branca passed away early in the morning on Nov. 23 at the age of 90. Most famous for giving up a 1951 pennant-winning home run to Bobby Thomson of the Dodgers’ cross-town rivals the New York Giants—known forever in baseball as the “Shot Heard Round the World”—Branca played 12 seasons in the majors and was known throughout his life as a first-class mensch.