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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.
Paying tribute to the victims of the 2008 terrorist attack
Leading members of U.S. Congress paid a visit on May 11 to the Chabad House in Mumbai, India. Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, New York Congressman Eliot Engel and Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern were there as part...
A center for Jewish life on an extended wooded campus serves the entire community
It’s been nearly three years now since the 100 or so students at Maimonides Jewish Day School and The Gan–Portland Jewish Preschool in Portland, Ore., walked through the doors of their school’s new building on an extended campus, constructed to minimize t...
The holiday of Passover begins the evening of Monday, April 10. To help prepare for it, we’ve gathered 10 amazing tools on Chabad.org that will help you celebrate—be it at home, with family or on the road! Find a Seder, No Matter Where You Are From Kansas...
Jewish communities around the world are preparing for 10 Shevat, the anniversary of the passing of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory), and the day his son-in-law, the Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of...
Distributing more than 1,500 Jewish bibles statewide as an act of light and learning
Although a neo-Nazi march in Whitefish, Mont., was postponed, possibly until February, Chabad-Lubavitch of Montana is continuing with its plan to “fight darkness with light.” Neo-Nazis had scheduled an armed march against the small Jewish community in Whi...
If you are an American, you may be about to vote. Or perhaps you have already done so. No matter whom you voted for or what the outcome, one thing is certain: this election year has left America more fractured, angry and divided than it’s been for a long ...
Perhaps no Jewish holiday is more joyous than Sukkot, when Jews of all backgrounds spend time in sukkahs (mobile or stationary), and shake the lulav and etrog as a sign of Jewish unity. These holidays are often accompanied by various laws and rituals that...
“Hayom,” one of the latest in a suite of apps by Chabad.org, is the perfect companion for time-conscious users.
The backroom of a Brooklyn landmark building served as the global hub for Jewish connectivity
This is the story of how a handful of young Chassidim set out to build a global communications network in the era before Periscope, Skype, VoIP, or even satellite or Cable TV. Their actions would sow the seeds for dozens of future Chabad-led forays into d...
Stressing the need for Jewish burial in a remote part of the world
Most Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries launch their arrival in a new city or country with programs such as one-on-one study, holiday programs, summer camp and Hebrew school. Rabbi Yakov and Hana Poliwoda have something else in mind for their first project in Bo...
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