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Smile, You're on Camera!

April 24, 2017 11:47 AM

Dear Friend,

The ubiquity of video cameras has changed the way we see crime—literally. A criminal could once have committed a crime with the (un)reasonable expectation to deny it later.

Today, with cellphones in almost every pocket—and security cameras attached to homes and businesses—the digital trail makes it much harder to hide illegal actions. And it’s not just criminals who are being recorded. All over the world, police officers are beginning to wear cameras, insuring that the guardians of the law conform to proper standards as well.

To us Jews, this is nothing new. This Shabbat, as part of the annual study of the Ethics of Our Fathers, Jews all over will read the words of Rabbi Judah the Prince: “Know what is above you, a seeing eye and a listening ear, and all your actions are written in a [heavenly] book.”

Never mind body cams, livestreams and digital footprints. G‑d has been recording us all along, taking note of our misdeeds and our good deeds as well. Beyond simply policing our behavior, He is cheering us on, hoping that we make the right moves.

So how will you spend the next moment? Will it be something you want viewed by the Supernal Periscope?

Menachem Posner
on behalf of the Chabad.org Editorial Team

Condolences to Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

April 19, 2017 5:00 AM

Dear Friend,

We regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Joyce Freeman, dear mother of Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, senior Chabad.org writer and editor.

Tzvi recalls that their Vancouver home was always filled with guests, and his mother would teach her children, and then her many grandchildren: "If somebody is in your house, they are hungry. So don't ask them if they want something to eat, just feed them. And if they are not in your house, then invite them in!"

As is customary, because mourning is forbidden on the holiday, the shiva mourning period did not begin until the conclusion of the eight-day festival of Passover.

On behalf of the entire Chabad.org family we extend our most heartfelt condolences to Tzvi and his family.

Nichum aveilim (words of condolence) can be shared with Tzvi Freeman through the discussion section.

Hamakom Yenachem Etchem Betoch She’ar Aveilei Tzion Veerushalayim - May the Omnipresent comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

And may we share only good news in the future,
The Chabad.org Team

Happy Second Birthday, Rabbi Y!

April 16, 2017 11:00 AM

Dear Friend,

Just two years ago, veteran “Ask the Rabbi” responder Yehuda Shurpin kicked off his “Ask Rabbi Y” column with a response to why we hide the afikoman. Thanks to the wonderful questions you have submitted, this feature has grown to become one of our most popular offerings, with fresh, insightful and relevant answers to so many questions.

So keep on submitting good questions and sharing thoughtful comments. Together, we’ll make this third year of answers even more exciting, educational and satisfying!


The Chabad.org Editorial Team

Time to Count!

April 13, 2017

Dear Friend,

We trust that you had liberating, educational, enjoyable and inspiring Seders.

The intermediate days of Passover are traditionally a time for family outings (with lots of matzah and other kosher-for-Passover snacks in the wings), fun Passover meals (did you know that you are supposed to drink a cup of wine or grape juice every day of Passover?) and added Torah study.

And of course, this is also the time we begin to count the Omer, noting the accumulation of days until we finally reach Shavuot 50 days later. To help you count the Omer every day, we’ve got the Omer Counter app. Download it, share it with your friends, and never miss a day again.

With wishes for a beautiful rest of your holiday,
The Chabad.org Editorial Team

Anticipating Redemption

April 4, 2017 10:53 AM

Dear Friend,

This week, on the 11th day of Nissan (Thursday night, April 7–Friday, April 8), we celebrate the 115th anniversary of the birth of our beloved Rebbe, of righteous memory.

The Rebbe would speak about the long-awaited redemption of our people using two terms: collective redemption and personal redemption.

Our prophets and sages tell us what the redemption of our entire people will look like: When Moshiach will come, there will be no war or hatred. All peoples of the world will live in peace and harmony. The very ether will be filled with love and awareness of G‑d’s presence.

Definitely a world we can yearn for.

But what exactly is “personal redemption”? What is it supposed to look or feel like?

To be personally redeemed means to apply the same global yearnings and ideals to our own “micro” selves. Personal redemption means that our own little world should harbor no more conflict, jealousy or resentment. It means nurturing an outlook that engenders love inside of our selves toward all of G‑d’s creations. And a state of mind in which we are constantly aware of G‑d’s presence in our lives.

So, how do we achieve this? The Rebbe advised that we begin by studying Torah texts that tell us what the era of Moshiach will look like. We can then work to mirror that in our own lives.

May this Passover, the “Festival of our Freedom,” bring with it true liberation and freedom, both micro and macro.

Mendy Kaminker,
on behalf of the Chabad.org Editorial Team

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