Herzliya Mayor Apologizes Over Tefillin Fine

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.

Stranger Offered Tefillin, and Family Is Transformed

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.

The Untold Story of the ‘Are You Jewish?’ Guys

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.

Bar Mitzvah in the Wake of Terror Attack

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.

Chabad Rabbi Returns to Roots in North Dakota

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.

Women and Girls to ‘Light Up Brooklyn’

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.

Detroit Yeshivah Students Set to Light Up City

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.

The Untold Bar Mitzvah Story of a Brooklyn Dodger

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.

Tales from the Mitzvah Tank

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper, Allan Ripp profiles one of Chabad’s Mitzvah Tanks – a synagogue on wheels that provide New Yorkers with blessings—and house calls.