Chabad Rabbi Protests Thomas Friedman at Yale

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was met with open hostility as he addressed students at Yale last week. The Pulitzer Prize winning author delivered a talk entitled ‘how America fell behind’ where he discussed his new book on foreign policy, co-authored by Michael Mandelbaum.

Op-Ed Response: Organic Chabad

by Yochanan Gordon

A brother-in-law of mine residing in Crown Heights sent me an op-ed published on Crownheights.info entitled ‘Chabad Lite.’ In it, the author bemoans the spiraling state of altruistic Chassidic values which is widespread amongst many of today’s youth specifically in Lubavitch circles. It seems, in the words of the author, that people choose for one reason or another to identify with Lubavitch but are not prepared to hold themselves accountable and continuously refine their character and connection to the Rebbe’s ideals as old world Chassidim did.

Thousands of Mancs Celebrate with L’Chaim-Chabad

Fire Juggling Performace at the Grand Family Simchas Beis Hashoeva

It would be close to impossible to choose a highlight from L’Chaim Chabad’s myriad of High Holiday programmes. From youth parties, to senior events, services and feasts to classes and celebrations, thousands of Manchester residents enjoyed dozens of Holiday programmes.

L.A. Diamond Daveners Hold Presidential Election

Presidential Team with former Governer Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sacramento, Capitol of California.

This Motzei Shabbos Parshas Lech Lecha, close to 150 boys and girls of Anash families in Los Angeles will gather to elect their Presidential Officials and Secretary of State as they cast their ballots during an evening of Presidential Debates. As in the past 10 years, each year the Mispallelim and Mispallelos of Kol Yakov Yehuda, the Rebbe’s Diamond Daveners of Los Angeles, choose a few of their own to lead their Jr. Congregation – the Shul for the kids, by the Kids.

ADL: Anti-Semitism on the Rise in America

A nationwide survey of the American people released today by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that anti-Semitic attitudes have risen slightly in America, demonstrating once again that “anti-Semitic beliefs continue to hold a vicegrip” on a small but not insubstantial segment of America.

Experts Say N.Y. Police Dept. Isn’t Policing Itself

NY Times

Raymond W. Kelly, left, New York City Police Commissioner, and Chief Charles V. Campisi, head of the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Seven narcotics investigators are convicted of planting drugs on people to meet arrest quotas. Eight current and former patrol officers are charged with smuggling guns into the state. Another is charged with making a false arrest, apparently as a favor for his cousin. Three more are convicted of robbing a perfume warehouse.

Huddling Up After Early Snow Knocks Out Power

Last weekend’s freak snowstorm brought down trees across the Northeast, including in West Orange, N.J.

The earliest snowstorm on record since the Civil War hit Saturday afternoon. Before long, the flakes piled up on trees, weighing down branches until they snapped into yards and toppled onto main roads. Then – for hundreds of thousands of residents of people across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut – the lights went out.

Op-Ed: ‘Chabad Lite’

by Doe Namay

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In Lubavitch there is the phenomenon of the so called “Chabad Lite” community. People who grew up as Lubavitchers, consider themselves Lubavitchers, but do nothing to actually be Lubavitch. They don’t dress like the way a Lubavitcher would dress, speak the way one would speak, or act in the basic way a chossid would act. In general, I have no issue with these types of people; many of them are my friends and neighbors and we get along wonderfully. I have one major issue: they consider themselves Lubavitch, and take part in our mosdos.