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Miscellaneous | Purim

Purim: Why Read the Megillah Twice?

Why do we read the Megillah twice every Purim, once at night
and once during the day?

Miscellaneous | Chabad

11 Russian Chassidic Songs That Uplift the Soul and Enliven the Spirit - Jewish History

Russian, Belarussian, and Ukrainian peasants
were a source for beloved songs, sometimes with Hebrew or Yiddish added.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

How to Observe Judaism in Outer Space?

Space travel presents its own unique challenges to the Jewish astronaut: How can one procure kosher space food, as well as all the other necessities of Jewish life? How does one face Jerusalem when praying in orbit?

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Torah: What to Tell Yourself When Things Go Wrong

In the meantime, it’s dark, confusing, and difficult. That’s only because the process of getting to a deeper place can give space for negative consequences. But just around the bend is a time, a space that is even deeper and greater, that it will make thi

Miscellaneous | Chabad

He Came to Fix a Freezer. Little Did He Know . . .

My wife, Esti, and I co-direct the Chabad Jewish Student Centre in Vancouver, Canada. As you can imagine, we serve a lot of food. So our freezer, which is filled with lots of kosher meat, chicken and other kosher items, is very important to us.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

3D Kabbalah #5: The Art of Balance - 3D Kabbalah: How G-d Creates the World

God's names are expressions of one single Entity, reflecting Him and how He interacts with the reality He creates.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Judaism: Darkness is a lie. There is only light.

Darkness lurks ubiquitously, mockingly, as though it is the sober truth—that all is empty, for there is no meaning.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Discovering a Personal G-d on My Trip to the Ohel - The Ohel

I had decided to visit the Ohel, the Rebbe’s gravesite in Queens, N.Y., a place I hadn’t been in more than 16 years and a place I actually thought I wouldn’t ever be again.

News | Jewish Community

Chief Rabbis Honor Rabbi Jonathan Sacks by Teaching His Work on the Rebbe’s Talks

Excerpt from Sacks’s Torah Studies Taught in Six Languages as Part of Worldwide Project

News | Jewish Community

Circumcision, Berzerkeley, and the Power of Five Minutes - Jewish Life

Rabbi Chanan Feld was a towering fixture of my childhood—my friend’s father, and my father’s friend. He had the cuddly torso of a teddy bear, the magical beard of a wizard, and the twinkling eyes of a Rebbe. This is how I remember him.

Miscellaneous | Chanukah

Why Insist on Depicting a Straight-Branched Menorah? - Questions & Answers

Despite the depiction of the Temple menorah on the Arch of Titus, Chabad makes a point of depicting the menorah with straight, diagonal branches. Why?

Miscellaneous | Chanukah

Chanukah: The Eternal Light - Daily Dose of Wisdom

The flames of the Temple Menorah have been dark for many centuries, but the flames of the Chanukah menorah can never be extinguished.

News | Antisemitism Watch

One Person Injured During Antisemitic Attack on Menorah-Lighting Ceremony at University of Kentucky

A police car outside the Chabad center at the University of Kentucky. Photo: Screenshot. Police in Lexington, Kentucky, have boosted …

Miscellaneous | Judaism

A Deeper Look at the Menorah Blessings - Chanukah, 5743

The three blessing we recite before kindeling the menorah carry deep inside them the timeless Chanukah lessons for our service of God, specifically in our times.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

The First Hanukkah Light in Bergen Belsen - Chanukah

A wooden clog became a hanukkiah; strings from a uniform, a wick; and shoe polish, pure oil.

Miscellaneous | Chanukah

Chanukah: How Is It Possible that Enlightened Reasoning Could Bring to Spiteful Bigotry?

This is the light of God’s wisdom. It’s not there for our use that we can manipulate it and modify it to fit our needs and desires. If we’re able to figure a little bit of it out, well, that’s pretty amazing. But if we can’t, that doesn’t change its truth

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Chabad: The Rebbe on Violence and the Pursuit of Justice

On 19 Kislev 1968, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson reflected on the essential role of peace on the path to redemption

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Contemporary Voices: Do You Really Think G-d Speaks to Us?

“How can I know what
G‑d wants me to do?” a woman once asked the Rebbe.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

'Deep Fear' as Second Arson in Three Months Strikes Delaware Chabad Center

Firefighters tackling the blaze started by an arsonist at the University of Delaware’s Chabad Center for Jewish Life. Photo: Aetna …

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Chabad-Lubavitch Announces Emissary to the United Arab Emirates

Appointment comes amidst growth of Jewish life and six years of serving as the only rabbi in UAE

Miscellaneous | Chabad

International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries Moves Online Amid Pandemic

Since its launching in 1983 by the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim) has brought together Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries for a weekend of inspiration, learning and fellowship.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Join Us in Praying for (and Learning From) Rabbi Sacks

If you read Chabad.org, or if you follow the happenings of the Jewish world, it is virtually impossible for you not to have been touched by the writings, teachings or example of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why Do Some Letters in the Torah Have ‘Crowns’?

Many of the letters are topped by
small spikes, called tagin or ketarim. Here is why.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

14 Tips for an Amazing Yom Kippur at Home

Many of us will be celebrating Yom Kippur alone for the very first time. Here are our pro tips to making your at-home Yom Kippur meaningful and memorable

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Rabbi to Blow Rosh Hashanah Shofar in Two Countries at the Same Time

Observing the holiday on an island split by the coronavirus pandemic

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

5780 in Review: A Year of Pain and Loss—and of Kindness and Community - The stories that helped define the year

As nearly every aspect of the world around us was changing in this year of global pandemic, Chabad.org/News worked to provide unique perspectives on the unfolding tragedy and unfathomable loss of life, while at the same time reporting on the outpourings of kindness and humanity from every part of the globe. With the Jewish year 5780 coming to a close, here is a look at some of the stories that defined it, as featured on Chabad.org/News.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Rosh Hashanah to Begin Amid Pandemic With Global Prayers for a Good New Year

Chabad brings the sound of the shofar, and holiday’s message of hope and faith, to millions

Miscellaneous | Judaism

How I Will Celebrate Rosh Hashanah Alone? - High Holidays

I’m an older woman, living
alone. I'll be observing the holidays at home, by myself.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

High Holiday Services Directory - Find Outdoor Shofar Blowings, Services and More at a Synagogue or Park Near You

Celebrate the High Holidays among friends and connect with your inner self. From Alabama to Wisconsin, Abidjan to Zurich, join us and find your local High Holiday home.

Advice & Self-Help | Jewish Wisdom

Are Body Piercings Kosher? - Questions & Answers

We often associate
piercings with tattoos, and we may wonder if they are equally forbidden.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Fire at University of Delaware's Jewish center ruled arson

A fire at the University of Delaware's Chabad Center for Jewish Life has been ruled arson, the Delaware State Fire Marshal announced Wednesday.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

From Catholic Italian to Jewish Rabbi: David Martinetti Shares His Story - Contemporary Voices

The rabbi walked toward me with a smile, extended his hand warmly, and offered me my first Jewish greeting: ‘Shalom.’ I froze, completely overwhelmed.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why a Mezuzah Is Not a Mezuzah

If not for the scrolls, there would be no reason for plain old doorposts...

News | Jewish Community

A Young Man With Autism’s Unexpected Gift to Friendship Circle

Secondhand boutique in North Carolina gets a boost from a grateful employee

Miscellaneous | Chabad

The Coin Toss Was Not Random - Jewish History

While he was talking,
the future rebbe took out a coin and began to flip it up into the air

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Learn the Shabbat Law of the Week - Chabad Lubavitch

Official homepage for worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement that promotes Judaism and provides daily Torah lectures and Jewish insights. Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. Chabad is considered to be the most dynamic force in

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Shavuot in the Age of Corona

On Shavuot morning, 3,332 years ago, Heaven kissed Earth, and G‑d communicated the 10 Commandments upon Mount Sinai. Every year we relive that experience when we stay up all night and then read of this event from the Torah during Shavuot morning services.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

11 Common Shabbat Myths and Misconceptions - Shabbat

Myths and misconceptions have developed around this holy day. Ready to take a good look at them and
set the record straight? Let’s go!

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Decades Before Zoom, The Rebbe Used Interactive Video to Connect the World

In 1989, the “Chanukah Live” program showed that satellite technology can advance connectedness, peace and unity

Miscellaneous | Passover

The Largest Seder Ever - Sometimes it takes a three-year-old to alert you.

“Ven der tatte kumt a heim fuhn shul... When Father comes back from shul, he quickly makes kiddush before the children get sleepy, so they can ask the Mah Nishtanah”

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Crown Heights: A Jewish Community Under Attack From Coronavirus

Kindness abounds from behind closed doors, even though its streets are silent

Miscellaneous | Chabad

A Perfectly F.R.E.E. Passover Food Distribution Moves Outdoors in Brooklyn for Inner-City Seniors Especially Vulnerable to Pandemic

Organizers and volunteers for F.R.E.E. moved the annual Passover food distribution from the Warbasse Jewish Heritage Congregation to an outside location in order to accommodate social distancing during the current coronavirus crisis. A volunteer warns seniors to keep their distance when picking up the food.
Organizers and volunteers for F.R.E.E. moved the annual Passover food distribution from the Warbasse Jewish Heritage Congregation to an outside location in order to accommodate social distancing during the current coronavirus crisis. A volunteer warns seniors to keep their distance when picking up the food.
Every year, Ellen Mandelbaum helps distribute Passover goods for needy Jewish families in South Brooklyn, N.Y. It’s a practice she started with the first distribution nine years ago.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

‘Spiritual Education’ Details the Rebbe’s Transformational Educational Philosophy

The 11th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, corresponding this year to Sunday, April 5, marks the birth of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Miscellaneous | Passover

Coronavirus Nixed Your Seder Plans? - These FAQs Are for You

with coronavirus curtailing travel plans and social
interactions, many are facing the prospect of celebrating Passover alone. Here's what you need to know.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

America’s Largest Population of Holocaust Survivors Is Endangered by the Coronavirus as Crown Heights and Borough Park Shut Down

The pandemic inflicts miseries that are particular to each place it visits

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Chabad: Coronavirus Resources & Inspiration - Insight & Commentary

No matter where we may live in this ever-shrinking world, almost everyone seems to be affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). As the days progress, the number of people impacted is increasing at an alarming rate with entire cities under quarantine.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

In New Rochelle, Yeshivah Students to Bring Purim to the Quarantined

Young Megillah readers span out through the community

Miscellaneous | Chabad

As Coronavirus Goes Global, Chabad of Italy Keeps Its Doors Open

Prayers, Torah classes and welfare programs continue in Italy amid fears of virus

News | Israel

Purim: Did Mordechai Act Foolishly?

Even if Haman thought he was a god, shouldn't Mordechai have bowed down to him rather than risk the lives of the entire Jewish people?

Advice & Self-Help | Jewish Wisdom

Jewish Wisdom: Religious? Not Me!

When I hear the word "religion," I instinctively cringe. My stomach turns. My hands become clammy. My throat dry. On occasion, I have been known to break out in hives. This tends to confuse people who know me as a Torah observant Jewish woman...

Miscellaneous | Chabad

"Operation Ron" - Thousands Of Secular Jews Don Tefillin Thanks To Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai

Thousands of secular Jews began putting on tefillin recently as part of "Operation Ron" - an initiative named after Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai "in honor"

Miscellaneous | Chabad

Presidential Campaign Staffers ‘Caucus for Shabbat’ in Iowa

Amid divisive primary, Jewish campaign staffers get together over Shabbat dinner

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Jewish History: Who Was Amram?

Amram, son of Kehot, led the Jewish people in
Egypt and fathered three of the greatest leaders in Jewish history.

Miscellaneous | Chabad

‘We’ve Made Contact With Chabad,’ Raises a Cheer on Diverted El Al Flight

Passenger pens note of gratitude after unexpected Shabbat in Halifax

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Why Did Non-Kosher Animals Become Jewish Names?

This seems strange, since the sages place great significance on a
person’s name.

Miscellaneous | Judaism

Judaism: The Truth about Moshiach - Moshiach 101

Why is Moshiach so integral to the Jewish belief system? It would certainly be nice to see an end to global suffering, but that is a universal ideal. Why is that a principle of the Jewish faith?

Miscellaneous | Chabad

11 Treasures of the Chabad Library and the Stories They Tell

On Tevet 5, we celebrate the Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad - Ohel Yosef Yitzchak Lubavitch and its position as the communal treasure for all who value the teachings and ideals of Chabad Chassidism.

Advice & Self-Help | Jewish Wisdom

4 Strategies for More Meaningful Conversations - Editorial & Commentary

Studies show that social interactions, even if very brief, leave us feeling more satisfied and happy.

Politics | Politics

Pence to Poway rabbi: We will always condemn evil acts of antisemitism

“To me there was a very short moment of darkness. That darkness was pushed out of here,” the rabbi said. “God was really protecting us.”

News | News

Naomi Campbell Honors the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Again | Israellycool

Naomi Campbell has just posted the following on social media

Miscellaneous | Jewish Life

Poway Rabbi Leads Jewish Youths in 'Am Yisrael Chai' Chant in Speech at Auschwitz | Jewish & Israel News

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, injured in the recent shooting at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, speaks as US President …

Family & Parenting | Jewish People

Jewish shooting victim gives inspiring message at the White House

After such a tragedy, he spread so much light.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Rabbi Wounded in Deadly California Synagogue Shooting Thanked in Delta in-flight Announcement

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, injured in the recent shooting at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, speaks as US President …

News | News

Wounded Poway Rabbi at White House: I Will Teach Others to Be 'Mighty and Tall'

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, injured in the recent shooting at the Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, speaks as US President …

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Poway and the Struggle for America’s Soul - Insight & Commentary

If you’re a Jew in America today, there’s a good chance you’re concerned.

News | Israel/Jewish Community

Combat Vet Who Stopped The Synagogue Shooter: ‘I Scared The Hell Out Of Him’

“I heard gunshots,” [Iraq War veteran Oscar Stewart said. “And everybody got up and started trying to get out the back door, so I — for whatever reason — I didn’t do that. I ran the other way. I ran towards the gun shots.”

News | NEWS

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein | A Terrorist Tried to Kill Me Because I Am a Jew. I Will Never Back Down.

I do not know why God spared my life in my Poway synagogue. All I can do is make this borrowed time matter.

News | News

Young Palestinian Discovers He's Jewish, Becomes Anti-UNRWA Activist

Anti-UNRWA activist Mordechai Yosef. Photo: Twitter screenshot. A young Palestinian Muslim man was raised to hate Jews, but then discovered …

News | News

Need tefillin? There’s an app for that

'Wrapp' crowd sources the Chabad mission of helping Jews pray by offering a platform for instant lending and borrowing of phylacteries

Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous

Why Are Imitation Crab, Pork and Cheeseburgers Kosher?

Even if the Torah forbids a food, one is still permitted to eat kosher food artificially flavored to taste like it. However, if it closely resembles the non-kosher food, it may be necessary to mark it as an imitation.

Politics | Politics

Chabad Rabbis Meet with Trump in Oval Office

President Trump issued a proclamation in honor of Education and Sharing Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of the last Lubavitcher rebbe.

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

Passed over by Nazis and Communists, remnants of Ukraine's last shtetl prepare to celebrate | The Times of Israel

Numbering just 50 today, the Jews of Bershad have managed to protect their 200-year-old clay synagogue through successive despotic regimes

News | News

Menorahs in France to Shed Light During State of Emergency
Public Lightings to Continue, Despite Terror Attacks

Chabad Houses across Paris and its suburban environs are preparing for outdoor public Chanukah menorah-lightings just weeks after terror attacks killed more than 120 people throughout the city.

Advice & Self-Help | Life Studies

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

Telling the truth is usually right. But can it also sometimes be wrong? If so, when? And why? Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, a bestselling author and renowned scholar, explains when honesty isn't the best policy.

Miscellaneous | Interviews

The Secret of Chabad | Jlife

The white truck was parked on 49th Street just west of Fifth Avenue. As I peered into it I saw a young bearded man putting phylacteries on another young man. Just then, I heard a voice asking me if I was Jewish. I turned to see yet another young man.

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

‘When Western women stop being objectified, they can criticise us.’ Orthodox Jewish women fight back

The Hebrew phrase “chillul hashem” translates as bringing shame upon one’s community in the eyes of the outside world. It can be invoked by anything from double-parking to failure to observe the complicated latticework of laws that circumscribe orthodox Jewish life, dictating everything from hairstyles to behaviour.

News | News

Brooklyn man shot after yelling 'I want to kill the Jew!'

A man stabbed a 22-year-old student in the face at the Brooklyn HQ of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement before he was shot dead by police.