Weekly Letter: Our Customs for a Birthday

With the Rebbetzen’ s and the Rebbe’s birthdays being celebrated during these couple of weeks – we share a letter where the Rebbe explains our customs for a birthday. The letter, written originally in English, is from the archives of the Rebbe’s trusted secretary Rabbi Nissan Mindel.

Accountant Fired After Attacking an Orthodox Jew with MAGA Hat

A California woman verbally abused an Orthodox Jew wearing a Make America Great Again hat in a Palo Alto Starbucks, later posting his picture and abrasive comments about him on social media. Her posts and the political furor which ensued went viral. Mansey lost her job as an accountant as a result and reportedly received death threats, according to the Palo Alto Weekly.

Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, 95, and The Rebbe

As the last Chassidic Rebbe born in pre-war Europe, the passing of the Skulener Rebbe at the age of 95 on Monday afternoon draws ever closer the conclusion of a torturous era in the narrative of Jewish history—the dispersion of Chassidic courts from the Eastern European villages, towns and cities where they had shaped Jewish life for centuries. Known for his kindheartedness and prolific composition of Chassidic melodies, Rabbi Yisroel Avrohom Portugal, of blessed memory, was a beloved fixture of Brooklyn’s Boro Park neighborhood.

Rabbi Dani Ash, A Profile

Dani Ash was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1982, three years into his parents’ eight-year “career” as refuseniks—Jews forced into an underground life of fear, privation and incarceration after their application to leave for Israel was denied by Soviet authorities, and they were deemed a threat to the state. Today, Rabbi Dani and Rivka Ash co-direct a bustling Chabad center in the same city he left as a child, never dreaming that he would one day return.

2,000-Year-Old Jewish Settlement Uncovered in Beer Sheva

For the first time, the remains of a Jewish settlement of the Second Temple period have been discovered in Beer Sheva. The archaeological excavation carried out to facilitate a new neighborhood near the northern entrance to Beer Sheba has revealed evidence of Jewish day-to-day life there, including part of an oil lamp decorated with a nine-branched menorah – one of the earliest yet discovered by researchers – as well as limestone vessels used by Jews for reasons of ritual purity, a watchtower and more.