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Some 80 worshippers barricade themselves inside; killer live-streams anti-Semitic diatribe
After failing to get inside a synagogue where more than 80 people were attending Yom Kippur services in Halle, Germany, a heavily armed gunman shot two people dead, left explosives outside the synagogue and threw a hand-grenade into a nearby Jewish cemete...
Rina Schnerb was with her father and brother, who were injured in the blast
As Shabbat approached late Friday afternoon in Lod, Israel, hundreds of mourners attended the hastily arranged funeral of Rina Shnerb, 17, who was killed earlier in the day in a terrorist bombing at a natural spring outside the central West Bank settlemen...
A short account of a long trip
The first crystal-clear memory I have of the trip up to Woodstock is when we hit 85 miles per hour on the open road in my friend Stevie’s 1968 Buick Wildcat. We were just past the New York State Thruway tollbooth in Newburgh when we raced up alongside a w...
Manhunt underway for killer or killers of IDF recruit
A 19-year-old yeshivah student and off-duty Israel Defense Forces’ recruit was stabbed to death in the West Bank on Wednesday evening. His body was discovered by a search team early Thursday morning after relatives reported that they were unable to contac...
“Positivity Bias” is essential reading for anyone searching for a meaningful, productive life
Positivity Bias by Mendel Kalmenson Ezra Press / Chabad.org, $19.99, Chabad.org/PositivityBias 404 pages | Soft Cover | 5.5 x 7.5 inches In his best-selling A Time to Heal, Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson provided essential support to readers by showing how the Re...
The Rebbe’s teachings about humanity’s inherent goodness highlighted anti-Semitism session
Speaking powerfully and emotionally at the U.N. General Assembly on June 26, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was seriously injured in an anti-Semitic attack on his synagogue in Poway, Calif., urged representatives and guests from around the world who were pa...
Millions still without power for second day in a row; cause not yet identified
Updated Monday, June 17, at 12:30 p.m. Jewish communities in Argentina and Uruguay warily went about their business on Monday after tens of millions of people were left without electricity for hours on Sunday. By the afternoon, power had been restored to ...
More than 150 treated at local hospitals; terrorists threaten to increase range
Updated 5/5/2019 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time The death toll from Gaza rockets that continue to barrage southern Israel rose to four, with the first casualties coming from Ashkelon, where Chabad-Lubavitch representatives hunkered down with the rest of the city ...
Rabbi and two others injured; 19-year-old is in custody
Updated 4/29/19 2:15 p.m. EST A gunman walked into a Chabad-Lubavitch center outside San Diego during services on the last day of Passover on Saturday morning and opened fire, killing one person and injuring three. The suspect, John Earnest, a 19-year-old...
Each year my wife and I host an alcohol-free Purim seudah (festive afternoon meal) in the heart of Jerusalem for Jewish alcoholics, addicts, and their families.
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