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Mordechai Lightstone

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Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone is a rabbi by training, but a blogger by choice. He is passionate about using new media to further Jewish identity and community building. Mordechai currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and four sons, where he happily tweets between sips of espresso.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world stop what they’re doing—working, driving, talking—to come together.
The sanctity of the human body after death
One Sunday when I lived in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Chabad rabbi in the city, Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky and I visited the ancient city’s Jewish cemetery to perform a taharah—the ritual washing and cleansing of the deceased. Boris (or Ber, as he had been nam...
As we approach Rosh Hashanah and the High Holiday season, we have the chance to start a new year full of blessings, success, sweetness and joy in all we do. To help you on your way to an amazing new year ahead, we’ve collected 11 tools you can use to prep...
Search and rescue in Houston throughout the night and day
Two Chassidic Jews in an Old Army Truck Save Flood Victims
When there was a lull in the torrential rains and winds of Hurricane Harvey on Sunday afternoon, Tomer Benshushan and his wife, Basya, members of the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Houston, knew exactly what they had to do. “I just looked at Tomer and was ...
Bringing in mass amounts of kosher food and a number of rabbinical students to help out
Thirty years after playing host to the 1988 Summer Olympics in the capital city of Seoul, South Korea is getting set for the 2018 Winter Olympics, to take place in February. Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world are expected to attend the XX...
Very soon, you may witness an unbelievably powerful sight. But the last thing you should do is take a picture of it. Right now, you’re reading this on a device. Perhaps it’s a laptop at a coffee shop or desktop at work, a smartphone in your hand on the tr...
An unexpected encounter creates a circle of friendship on a transatlantic flight
The description of a comforting and positive encounter on a recent flight from Europe to the United States has gone viral. On a flight back from Israel after chaperoning a Mayanot Taglit-Birthright trip, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rochel Groner found herse...
How one man in Brooklyn. N.Y., shattered misconceptions and predispositions about Judaism—and forever changed the world.
Chance meetings lead to multiple mitzvahs on and off the road
What do you do if you’re a Jewish Uber driver and you find yourself with Chabad rabbis as your passengers—again, and again, and again? Put on tefillin, of course! At least, that’s what Milton Appelbaum, 63, a driver from São Paulo, Brazil, found himself d...
The origins of the Rebbe’s ‘tanks against assimilation’
Hailing a yellow cab, grabbing a slice of pizza after a Yankees game, strolling through Central Park . . . these are some of the indelible parts of a New York City experience. So, too, is the sight of yeshivah students clamoring from a converted RV—better...
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