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Jewish Backpackers Explore Their Heritage in Alaskan Wilds

The air was filled with the excited talk of exploration and the unknown as we prepared to board our flight to Alaska. The group of 21 college students gathered at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had a distinct mission: to embrace and explore their Jewish heritage and to satisfy a thirst for greater knowledge. Some of these young men had attended the same Jewish school as I had growing up, but said their Judaism lacked inspiration

Safed Yeshivah for Returnees to Tradition Comes of Age

Tucked into the side of a mountain with the resting place of Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, the author of the Zohar, looming in the distance, Yeshivah Temimei Darech was founded nine years ago with a low budget and high hopes by two young English-speaking Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis. They, like their students, are ba’alei teshuvah, those who have returned to a life of full-fledged Jewish observance.

In Bustling Jerusalem Market, One of the Smallest and Busiest Chabad Centers in the World

It’s still early Friday morning, but Agripas Street is already wide awake. Those staying in town for Shabbat are rushing to the historic Machane Yehuda market (also known as the shuk) to buy food, challah, wine and other staples for the day of rest. And those leaving the city are rushing to the central bus station nearby to get to places all over Israel before the buses stop running an hour before sunset.