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Baila Olidort
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Scattered and Divided: Purim Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 11:48 AM

"Said Rabbi Judah the Prince, '[God says:] So great is the virtue of peace among the Jews, that even when they are idolatrous, if peace reigns among them, I cannot hurt them.'" (Midrash Rabbah)

When, back in the middle ages, a Jewish convert to Christianity brought his grievances against the...

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The Fight for the Good is the Fight for Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 1:25 PM

When the infinite light of G-d withdraws, it leaves a vacuum and allows for the possibility of evil. --Lurianic Kabbalah

This Hanukkah, after terror struck Paris, city authorities didn't think it safe to conduct the annual public menorah lighting. So Chabad representatives worked with them to make it safe, denying...

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Paris Menorah Lighting Echoes Jewish Defiance

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 5:00 PM

There's something eerily familiar about this scenario that happened as Nazism was gaining political power. Again today, Jews are threatened, and again, a pall of darkness has fallen over Europe as the worst of humanity on the prowl for power and world dominion, unleashes its terror.

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Bim, the Boy From Beit Chabad

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 2:25 PM

He's the good looking, buoyant 12-year-old Nepalese boy who greets visitors to Katmandu's Chabad House with a huge smile: "Hi I'm Bim, the boy from Beit Chabad," he offers. He's also quick to provide unsolicited bits of useful information, like candle-lighting time on Friday, or that Shabbos is...

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Aaron Swartz and the Pursuit of Knowledge

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 11:46 AM

The Baal Shem Tov once ascended to heaven and asked the messiah: "When will you finally come [and redeem us]?" The messiah answered: "When your wellsprings will burst forth outwards." There was no Internet in the Baal Shem Tov's days back in the 18th century, so he became a peripatetic...

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Swedish Court Rules in Favor of Chabad Representatives

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Chabad-Lubavitch representatives to Gothenburg, Sweden have a right to educate their children in accordance with their religious faith. The unanimous decision of the appellate court followed the Namdars' complaints against city authorities fining them for homeschooling their children.

In its verdict the court recognized that the Namdars, who are both...

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U.K. Chief Rabbi Shares Lessons In Leadership At Chabad Conference

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 1:18 PM

It's that distinct gait of Chabad Shluchim that makes it easy to pick them out in a crowd, even in a crowd of black hats. A chipper confidence and a can-do spirit tempered by humble awe for the larger-than-life vision of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and the role they play in...

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Rosh Hashanah: To A Year Of Living Courageously

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 1:11 PM

Earlier this month, when we marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and remembered the terror of that day, we also remembered acts of great courage and gallantry uncovered in the embers of debris and destruction.

Many of us chose to focus on these memories, preferring to let the day...

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