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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 three sons, where he happily tweets between sips of espresso.
Dear Friend, With all its perks regarding connection and community, social media sometimes falls into a vicious cycle of hot takes and Internet shaming. Controversies great or small, real or imagined, simmer and boil over online. A single tweet or comment...
Dear friend, Tuesday marks the 10th of Tevet, a fast day commemorating the Babylonian siege which led to the destruction of Jerusalem and First Temple. This month, Tevet, always falls at the height of the winter, when the days are exceedingly short and pe...
The message of Chanukah is one that spans generations and touches on the very foundation of Jewish continuity. In honor of Chanukah we’ve collected 10 photos guaranteed to bring an extra dose of Chanukah inspiration! 1. Even on the coldest nights, the men...
Rabbis say the incidents ‘will only unite us, strengthen us and encourage us to do even more’
A menorah in Manhattan’s Carl Schurz Park was found vandalized—not once, but twice over the course of a few days. The more recent incident was discovered on Monday morning, the day after the first night of the eight-day holiday of Chanukah. The park is ho...
Couples get busy in Cape Town and Johannesburg
There may not be a Chabad on Campus on Antarctica yet, but there are now a couple of them fairly close by, as Chabad on Campus International has opened the very first two centers on the southern tip of Africa: the Campus Centre for Jewish Student Life at ...
As part of a series called ‘Belief,’ Mendel Hurwitz makes a ‘positive impression about Jewish life to the world’
Mendel Hurwitz woke up Tuesday morning to find himself a viral sensation. The 15-year-old son of Budapest-based Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Sholom and Devorah Leah Hurwitz, was profiled in the series premiere of “Belief”; a seven-part series produce...
A native of Warsaw, Holocaust survivor Irving Malkis, 83, puts on tefillin for the first time
Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer, co-director of Chabad on Campus Queens in Kew Gardens Hills, N.Y., was making his rounds recently at the Franklin Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Flushing, N.Y., where he serves as a chaplain. He happened to check in on an 8...
Dear Friend, As Yom Kippur approaches, it is a time to take account of our deeds and right any wrongs. We have a chance to find those we may have offended (something that is all too easy in the digital era, when a sharp text, IM, or Tweet can be sent almo...
To any chassid, the moments spent with the Rebbe during the High Holidays are a powerful and visceral manifestation of the spirit of these holy days. Searching Jewish Educational Media’s video archives, we culled 14 moments that capture the awe, inspirati...
Naomi Benenson, active with CTeen, draws inspiration from Chabad Hebrew school
The start of the school year is a busy time for any high-schooler. Packed with new classes, electives, clubs, teachers and friends, most students don’t seek out extra projects in their “spare” time. Unless, that is, you’re Naomi Benenson. A freshman at Vo...
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