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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
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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Emissaries are part of efforts on the ground in decimated islands
As Hurricane Dorian was unleashing its unimaginable devastation on the Bahamas earlier this week, Rabbi Sholom and Sheera Bluming, co-directors of Chabad of the Bahamas, hunkered down in the capital city of Nassau, making phone calls to residents, galvani...
Some Jewish residents in Abaco Islands remain unaccounted for; supplies en route from Miami
After devastating the northern Bahamas with a fury unprecedented in this Caribbean nation’s history, Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on the eastern coast of the United States with winds in excess of 110 miles per hour. The hurricane, one of the strongest...
Growing Jewish presence in humanitarian work and economic development
Rwanda, one of the smallest countries on the African mainland, is marked by a history of violence and genocide. To aid its struggling, mostly rural, landlocked population, its small but rapidly growing Jewish community includes men and women assisting wit...
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