Mordechai Lightstone

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Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone is a rabbi by training, but a blogger by choice. He is passionate about using new media to further Jewish identity and community building. Mordechai currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and four sons, where he happily tweets between sips of espresso.
Reaching out to Jews in the Deaf community
A video of Rabbi Isser Lubecki, a 27-year-old Chabad rabbi from France, helping a Deaf Jewish man put on tefillin and say the Shema in sign language, recently went viral. Viewed tens of thousands of times across various social networks, the video shows Lu...
An entourage of top leaders and a substantive discussion about education
On Sept. 3, 1964, shortly after announcing his intention to run for a U.S. Senate seat from New York, Robert. F. Kennedy resigned as Attorney General of the United States. Later that month, Kennedy headed to 770 Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighb...
There is something particularly unique about this recent focus to carve out moments in the day to take a break from screen time.
Montreal resident dons tefillin and is called to the Torah for the first time
Johnny Jablon began preparing for his bar mitzvah in Poland in the summer of 1939. A month later, the Germans invaded. Now 92 years of age, Jablon returned to Poland for the first time since World War II to finally celebrate his bar mitzvah. Born the seco...
It’s time to finally wish Facebook “mazel tov!” Not on an announcement at their F8 developers' conference yesterday, but on something decidedly more celebratory: the words “mazel tov” themselves. Keen Facebook users may have noticed that for the past year...
2,500 of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds at rally to support Jews in Germany
Some 2,500 people, many wearing kippot (yarmulkes), gathered on April 25 in front of Berlin’s Jüdisches Gemeindehaus (Jewish community center) to show their support and solidarity for the country’s Jews. Organizers had encouraged Berlin’s citizens to asse...
Ynet survey highlights everyone’s ‘home away from home’
Israelis love to travel. From post-army backpacking in India to summer trips to Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, some 1.6 million Israelis fly out of Ben-Gurion airport every summer. And what could be more essential to an Israeli vacation abroad tha...
People are increasingly asking themselves if social media and technology has given a disproportionate control of their lives to algorithms.
President James Morales lauded for recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
President James Morales of Guatemala will attend a special Shabbat meal on Friday night in Manhattan, hosted by Chabad’s Jewish Latin Center. As part of the Central American president’s trip to America, which included a meeting in the White House with Pre...
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world stop what they’re doing—working, driving, talking—to come together.
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