“When Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Republican National Convention, I thought he was about to call for a Moment of Silence in our schools,” writes Aliza Bas Menachem in this powerful op-ed reflecting on the current tensions and racial strife affecting the country. Unfortunately, he didn’t.
“The other day I heard someone say Chabad was ‘a humanitarian Jewish organization.’ I cringed” writes Baila Olidort, the Director of Communications at Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters. “Today we speak of social good and humanitarian causes as if they are millennial values. We are uneasy talking about things that aren’t politically correct, like G-d, chosenness, intermarriage, or the rituals and practices that identify us as Jews.”
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Rabbi Danny Yaffe, who serves as youth rabbi in the Great Synagogue of Sydney, shares his thoughts on the latest craze among smartphone-wielding youth – a game called Pokemon Go.
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Rabbi Avraham Lapine, director of Chabad at the University of Missouri, who lost his mother at the age of five to a brutal murderer who broke into their home, wrote the following op-ed about healing the racial divide engulfing the United States, which was printed in The Columbia Daily Tribune.
Rabbi Noach Salovitz, a member of the Crown Heights community, authored the following op-ed on what he feels has been absent from the ongoing discussion regarding the Crown Heights Eruv, which he shared with CrownHeights.info.
In an opinion piece in The Forward, Loyola University Law Professor Yitzchok Adlerstein points to a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirms the right of parents to educate their children according to their religious beliefs, even if violating their state’s mandatory education standards.
A CrownHeighs.info reader sent us the following letter, warning their fellow community members to exercise extreme caution after their home was nearly burned down by a Shabbos hotplate that caught fire.
With Gimmel Tammuz just 30 days away, Rabbi Shea Hecht writes “As good gift-givers know, finding a suitable gift involves figuring out what the person wants and needs. In preparation for Gimmel Tammuz, there is no need for guesswork! We know exactly what the Rebbe wants.”
The latest salvo in the New York Times campaign against Orthodox Judaism is an editorial condemning the New York City Parks department for accommodating religious swimmers — and, for that matter any other women who prefer not to be gawked at by men while bathing — by providing women-only hours at a public swimming pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Following the tragic passing of Shliach Rabbi Moshe Muller, OBM, and another local member of Anash, Rabbi Mendel Gorman, OBM, a wave of sadness and mourning has filled the Lubavitch community of London. Seeking to break through this sorrow and bring light to the subject, Rabbi Levi Sudak of Edgeware, may he live and be well, wrote the following open letter to his fellow Shluchim and Anash in London – and around the world as well.
The proposed five-cent tax on plastic shopping bags being considered by the NYC Council will hurt real New Yorkers, argues Councilman David Greenfield.
In response to a recent op-ed written by Rabbi Alexander Heppenheimer of Crown Heights, who encouraged Lubavitcher Chassidim to take up the daily study of the Daf Yomi, which stirred much controversy due to the Rebbe’s purported distaste for the custom, renowned educator Rabbi Yossi Paltiel had this to say.
New Yorkers will head to the polls this Tuesday to pick their favored presidential candidate to represent their party in the national election. Crown Heights resident David Shor makes a compelling case for which candidate he believes deserves the Orthodox-Jewish vote – Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
This Yud-Alef Nissan marks a milestone. Numerous Jews around the world, in and out of Lubavitch, will be talking on that date about something that the Rebbe always “koched zich” in – the importance of one single mitzvah.
Fed up with the mistreatment and disrespect he endured at the hands of a Shliach whom he dedicated his Purim holiday to assist, a Lubavitcher Bochur details to Shluchim how Bochurim should ideally be treated, and why it’s important to treat them that way.
A Flatbush Hatzalah volunteer implores members of the community to finally allow him to celebrate Purim with his family, instead of having to rush around providing first aid and transport to individuals who consumed an irresponsible amount of alcohol.
Machlokes. A terrible word that reviles all who hear it. Machlokes is something we are taught from the youngest age to avoid. Yet, we are surrounded by machlokes and many people are sucked into its vortex. Everybody knows machlokes is a fire that consumes, nonetheless we are surrounded by it and must keep our heads above water avoiding it.
Shira Hirschman Weiss, an Orthodox-Jewish mother and writer, took to the pages of the Huffington Post to vent her frustration at the ever-rising cost of raising a Jewish family – especially the astronomical cost of tuition.
While their wives were away attending the Kinus Hashluchos, Shluchim all over the country received a package of goodies at their doorstep, courtesy of MyShliach. One such Shliach, Rabbi Avrohom Brashevitzky of Doral, FL, wrote the following letter of appreciation.
Citing this weeks upcoming Torah portion, Prashas Mispatim, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz penned an article clearly and unequivocally stating “that Judaism abhors the abuse of children.”
Rabbi Shmuel Kopel, who suffered through many years of abuse as a child in Crown Heights, has a message for Meyer Seewald, founder and director of JCW.
Lieba Rudolph, a well-known writer and longtime member of the Chabad community in Pittsburgh, wrote the following article in advance of the International Kinus Hashluchos, which was published in The Jewish Chronicle.