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Rabbi Mendy Kaminker is a member of the Chabad.org editorial team and rabbi of Chabad of Hackensack.
Yonah Baumel passed away in 2009, without ever discovering the fate of his son.
This is what it means to me as a Jew
I couldn’t help myself marveling at the scene. The first spacecraft made by Israeli scientists, sitting on top of a SpaceX rocket, about to head to the moon.
We like excitement. We want to see action. We crave bravery, courage, and risk taking.
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 u...
Dear Friend, “When Adar arrives, we increase in joy,” say the sages regarding the Jewish month we are about to enter. Whenever people see a kid with a long face, they look at him with concern and ask: “What happened? Is everything OK?” We expect children ...
Dear Friend, This coming Shabbat marks 22 years since the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory. Shortly after the passing of his father-in-law, the sixth Rebbe, the Rebbe remarked, “The sun is always shining. Even wh...
Dear Friend, I recently read a fascinating study on body language. Upright posture equals confidence, open hands equals interest, folded arms equals resistance, etc. But the author took it one step further. What happens when people posture, assuming exter...
Dear Friend, Not all actions were created equal. I have a friend who recently began putting on tefillin. Every morning, with great concentration, he would strap the tefillin on his hand and his head. Then he would soar like an angel as he made his way thr...
Dear Friend, Rosh Hashanah is coming, followed by Yom Kippur, then Sukkot, and then Simchat Torah. It’s an exciting time. And it’s expensive. At this time of year, the Rebbe, of righteous memory, would often point out that we must remember our fellow Jews...
Dear Friend, I spent a whole lot of time this morning in an awful traffic jam. As the cars inched forward, I wondered what was holding us up. Was it roadwork, or something more sinister? Should I check Waze? Then I finally saw the problem: a traffic light...
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