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Get Set for Selichot With Our Smart Siddur

September 13, 2019 1:33 PM

Don’t be caught empty-handed when we begin saying Selichot late this Saturday night!

According to Ashkenazic custom, Selichot (early morning prayers for Divine forgiveness) begin on a Saturday night, either four, six, eight or nine days before Rosh Hashanah, depending on the particulars of that year’s calendar. Each day has its own liturgy, which must be inserted into the text. Sounds complicated? Fret no longer!

Chabad.org, in partnership with Kehot Publication Society, is proud to offer the Annotated Siddur Tehilat Hashem in three styles: classic Hebrew, annotated Hebrew/English and linear Hebrew/English.

All three versions include the complete unique Selichot texts for each day leading up to Rosh Hashanah, as well as the Selichot for Tzom Gedalya.

The Chabad.org app team worked for two years, alongside the Kehot team, researching and developing a fully functional “smart siddur,” presenting the various insertions of weekday prayers in a single, ready-to-use format. Thus, prayers for Rosh Chodesh, Torah readings, special insertions for fast days and more appear seamlessly in their proper place. At the backbone of this app is a powerful engine that controls the logic and algorithms for the “smart siddur” display.

The siddur app was dedicated in honor of Asher Dovid Milstein. Chabad.org’s family of apps are made possible by the generous partnership of Dovid and Malkie Smetana, Alan and Lori Zekelman, the Meromim Fund, and Morris and Lillian Tabacinic.

All three styles of the siddur are currently available for download on both iOS and Android.

Marking 75 Years

August 19, 2019 1:26 PM

Dear Friend,

Wednesday, the 20th day of the Jewish month of Menachem Av, marks 75 years since the untimely passing of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, of righteous memory, father of the Rebbe, of righteous memory.

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was considered one of the greatest Talmudic and Kabbalistic scholars of his generation. He served as the chief rabbi of the city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, during the bloody Bolshevik revolution and the subsequent Communist oppression. Despite terrible persecution directed at religious leaders in those days, he remained fearlessly defiant in strengthening Jewish learning and practice in his city and throughout the Soviet Union. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was eventually arrested, tortured, and subsequently banished to exile in a remote village in Kazakhstan. His spirit, however, was not extinguished, even while his body was broken and eventually gave way to his early passing.

His selfless efforts for Jews and Judaism even in the face of a sadistic superpower regime determined to leave no trace of them were later tenderly nurtured by his son and disciple, the Rebbe. The Rebbe conducted Soviet Jewry’s affairs clandestinely from afar, and eventually saw the decades of his father’s effort blossom into full bloom upon the fall of the Iron Curtain and the public resurgence of Jewish life there.

Soviet Jewry, however, is not alone in the debt of gratitude it owes to Rabbi Levi Yitzchak. His personal example, demonstrating how Judaism will survive against all odds and how we must adhere steadfastly and proudly to its ideals, serves as a shining beacon of inspiration for all of us today, and for all generations to come.

We are likewise collectively indebted to Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and his life’s partner, Rebbetzin Chana, of righteous memory, for giving us the Rebbe, whose application of their teachings and way of life to all the rest of us changed the very course of world Jewry.

In tribute to this great man, it would surely be appropriate to give some extra charity and set aside time to study from his deep teachings and recommit ourselves to add in Torah and mitzvahs in his honor.

The Chabad.org Editorial Team

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