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Mordechai Lightstone

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Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone is the social media editor at Chabad.org and the creator of exceptional experiences for Jews in tech and digital media. He currently resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York, where he happily tweets between sips of coffee from his Chemex. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Mottel
Rabbis from around the world hold marathon ‘farbrengen’
It was a Zoom call that was only supposed to last one day, yet as it nears three days of continuous conversation and celebration, it shows no sign of ending any time soon. In May, a popular New Zealand radio show attempted to host the world’s longest Zoom...
Chassidic Lessons from the Popular Game
The impostors work to sabotage and destroy what the crewmates do. Our job is to find them. Here's what it means to me.
Annual in-person event retools in the coronavirus era
For Spanish-speaking Jews, ongoing pandemic restrictions recently served as the impetus for a pan-Spanish gathering unprecedented in scope when more than 1,000 students from 70 communities in Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Israel, the United States, Panama, ...
Challenged city’s response to Crown Heights riots, brother Yankel's murder
Norman Rosenbaum, a fiery Orthodox Jew from Australia who roused the diverse New York Jewish community to confront the growing danger of anti-Semitism on the streets of New York, shook up the New York political establishment, redrew the priorities of the ...
The 99-year-old illustrator’s not-so-secret identity as creator of ‘the Shpy,’ hero to generations of children
When Al Jaffee finally put down his pencil last month at the age of 99, the venerable cartoonist could look back at an impressive body of work. One of MAD magazine’s “usual gang of idiots” and its longest-tenured contributor, Jaffee most notably created t...
A new app and fresh interface for Chabad.org Video’s 23,502 offerings (and counting)
When her children’s school was closed in Peoria, Ill., in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Jenny Kravetz, like so many parents around the world, was plunged headfirst into the new world of online education. Her two children, ages 11 and 14, started atte...
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...
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