In Parkland and Coral Springs, an Area-Wide Shiva for the Fallen

There is a certain silence that hangs over funerals, quieter still when those being buried are the young, the innocent. Life moves on: traffic lights change, palm trees shed their giant leaves, but it all seems unreal, or rather surreal. On a typically warm and seemingly pleasant South Florida winter’s day, this silence envelopes Parkland and neighboring Coral Springs, Fla.—the two towns from which Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drew its students, and its martyrs.

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8:00pm: What Would the Rebbe Say About the Recent School Shootings?

This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 202, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: What Would the Rebbe Say About the Recent School Shootings? Isn’t the Bar-Mitzvah Maamar Too Difficult for Our Children? Can We Understand G-d? How to Be an Emotionally Warm Person? Is it Appropriate to Read Secular Self-Help Books? Why Do We Assume That G-d Is Absolute Goodness?

South Africa’s New President Receives a Rabbi’s Blessing

Twenty-eight years ago, Cyril Ramaphosa stood outside Cape Town’s city hall, holding a microphone for Nelson Mandela, who had just been released from prison. This week, days before he assumed the South African presidency, Ramaphosa stood at the very same spot, celebrating 100 years since his mentor’s birth, and received the blessings of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Asher Deren, chairman of the Rabbinical Association of the Western Cape.