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Mordechai Lightstone

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Sometimes it takes a three-year-old to alert you.
“Ven der tatte kumt a heim fuhn shul... When Father comes back from shul, he quickly makes kiddush before the children get sleepy, so they can ask the Mah Nishtanah” These words, recited in Yiddish, traditionally narrate the Seder, guiding and informing e...
Helping people celebrate in the safety of their own homes
As Jews across the United Kingdom prepare for the upcoming festival of Passover, which starts on the evening of April 8, Chabad-Lubavitch of the UK has partnered with popular food-delivery app Deliveroo to ensure that every Jew across the United Kingdom a...
Helping inner-city seniors especially vulnerable to pandemic
Every year, Ellen Mandelbaum helps distribute Passover goods for needy Jewish families in South Brooklyn, N.Y. It’s a practice she started with the first distribution nine years ago. “I first met Rabbi David Okunov right after he moved to Brighton Beach; ...
Eight days of lighting giant menorahs that brighten the darkness far and wide
This year has in many ways been a difficult one for Jews everywhere. From Poway to Paris, from the streets of Brooklyn to this month’s shooting in Jersey City, the specter of anti-Semitism has reared its head. Still, wherever in the world the Jewish peopl...
The family’s grocery, its only source of income, is completely gutted and unusable
The beleaguered Jewish community in the Greenville section of Jersey City has established an emergency fund to help the family of the shop owner who was killed in the JC Kosher Supermarket shooting on Dec. 10. Leah Minda Ferencz and her husband, Moshe Dov...
Four victims are mourned after an attack that has shaken people everywhere
The diverse Jersey City community came together in shared grief and resolve as the killers in the Dec. 10 rampage at a kosher grocery store were identified as members of an anti-Semitic group, who specifically targeted the grocery and the Jewish people th...
A glimpse of the emissaries and various communities they serve
Thousands of Chabad emissaries are gathering this weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim), which began on Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 25. One highlight of the yearly celebratio...
Preparing their communities, online and off
As Jews around the world readied themselves for Yom Kippur, Chabad rabbis took to Twitter to prepare their communities, online and off. There was the beauty of the “once-a-year” Jew: Eliezer Zalmanov October 7, 2019 And deep thoughts about the day: Rabbi ...
Engineering student found a lifelong calling teaching Jewish children
At the age of 20, Rabbi Shmarya Katzen was at a crossroads in life. An engineering student enrolled at the University of Maryland in 1964, he was filled with a strong sense of yearning for a deeper sense of purpose in life. After a conversation with gradu...
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