After receiving many inquiries about whether there is a Brocho to say when seeing today’s solar eclipse, Rabbi Levi Gorelik responds that the Rebbe was asked this very question in 1957. Plus: Eclipse safety tips and live video of the event in the extended article.
On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible over North America. What’s the Jewish take? JEM presents a newly-published video of the Rebbe discussing this very topic.
Rabbi Shmuel Lesches, Magid Shiur in the Yeshiva Gedola of Melbourne, Australia, has compiled a guide to the laws and customs of the month of Elul (up to but not including the period of Selichos) for the benefit of the wider Lubavitch community.
This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 176, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How to Explain Death to Children; My Son-in-Law Doesn’t Daven; Learning Zohar; Reinstating the Observance of Tu B’Av and the Dancing Maidens; What Does it Mean that Moshiach has to Come ‘Below 10 Tefachim’?
“Due to health considerations, it is difficult for me to say a maamar at this time,” the Rebbe replied. “However, in honor of the assembled I will say something brief.”
JLI presents its unique one-minute video featuring a powerful and relevant message from the weekly Parsha. This week’s video for Parshas Re’eh is titled: Your True Worth.
Courtesy of Lubavitch Archives, we present a pair of photos of the Rebbe officiating at a wedding, circa mid 1950s.
Professor Chaim Doron served as Director General of Kupat Holim Clalit from 1976 to 1988. A professor of Community Health at the University of Tel-Aviv, he was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project at his home in Ramat- Gan, Israel, in December of 2012.
No two people have the same fingerprints, and no two people have the same life mission. Finding your path in life can be a challenge. While it’s clear that humanity has a purpose, sometimes figuring out our unique purpose can seem daunting. In earlier generations, one might consult the local prophet to look over his soul and give direction. Being that this isn’t an option today, how do we go about figuring out the what our unique purpose is? Rabbi Pinchas Taylor lays out 5 tips which the sages discuss in order to help make that determination.
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, a personal secretary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, recalls the eventful summer of 1956, following a tragic terror attack on the recently-founded village of Kfar Chabad that claimed the lives of five young students and their teacher.
Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, delivers his insights on this week’s Parsha – Re’eh. This week Rabbi Minkowicz answers the question: How can we Kosher our Animal Soul?
A reader sent us this vintage photograph depicting a group of Chabad Chassidim from Russia. Can you identify anyone in the photo (correct answers in the extended article), and when and where the photo was taken?
This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 175, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How Should We Prepare for the Approaching Month of Elul? What Can We Do When Conflicts Between Communities and Rabbis Arise? How Much Should Jews Integrate with the World at Large? If the Rebbe is the Nasi Hador, Why Doesn’t the Larger Jewish World Recognize That?
Taking my hand, he said “I would like to show you something, and it will come to help you” (ess veit zein tzu’nootz). He then took me to a room and showed me his oldest son sitting and learning.
Tonight, 20 Av, marks the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father. The Rebbe often spoke about his father’s self sacrifice on behalf of Yiddishkeit, marking the Yahrzeit each year with a special Farbrengen in his honor.
JLI presents its unique one-minute video featuring a powerful and relevant message from the weekly Parsha. This week’s video for Parshas Ekev is titled: What’s Wrong with the Status-Quo?
In honor of Chof Av, Kehot Publication Society is pleased to present an excerpt from a forthcoming book on the writings of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson. This is the first attempt at translating the kabbalistic teachings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak into English.
Courtesy of Lubavitch Archives, we present a photo of the Rebbe talking to a young girl after he gave her a coin for tzedakah, circa 1985.
Chof Ov, which is this coming Shabbos, is the Rebbe’s father’s Yortzait. The Rebbe expressed a personal request that on this day we reflect on his father and his Torah. Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Garelik shares this video of personal accounts he had regarding the Rebbe’s parents and a glimpse into Reb Levi Yitzchok’s Torah.
Mr. Louis Gavin is partner and Chief Creative Officer at The Open Collaboration, a company based in Benmore, South Africa. He was interviewed by JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project in August of 2014.
Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, delivers his insights on this week’s Parsha – Eikev. This week Rabbi Minkowicz answers the question: How can we remain loyal to G-d?
The Talmud states: “Never were there more joyous days for the Jewish People than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur,” listing five or six joyous events that occurred on 15 Av throughout history. But what is it about the energy of the 15th of Av that attracts so much joy?