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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.
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...
Camp counselors narrowly escape; prayers requested for the wounded
France was again the site of a major terror attack when a man sped a large truck into a crowd of people after a fireworks display on Thursday evening that topped off the Bastille Day celebration in the southern city of Nice. Eighty-four people have been r...
Walk down the streets of many major cities right now—New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Jerusalem or Melbourne—and you’ll see throngs of people unusually engaged with their smartphones. They’re not texting, tweeting or snapping. Instead, they’re playing Pokém...
Over the course of 40-plus years of leadership, the Lubavitcher Rebbe met with world leaders, humble teachers, renowned scholars, aspiring students and so many others, from all backgrounds and walks of life. These encounters—in his private study, during p...
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