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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
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...
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...
Cause of blaze is under investigation
Having drifted off to sleep on his living-room couch while preparing his sermons Thursday night for Tisha B’Av and Shabbat, Rabbi Raleigh Resnick was awakened at 1 a.m by a phone call from the police. A fire that started outside of Chabad of the Tri-Valle...
Musician and scholar transcribed and recorded historic “nigunim”
Song has always been at the heart of Chassidic life and practice. Nigunim, usually wordless melodies, have long held a central place in prayer, study and gatherings. Many are considered acts of Divine musical inspiration, with some of the most uplifting w...
From the Bronx to Greenwich Village to Stockholm, he ‘always had time for a mitzvah’
When Izzy Young, the tireless folk-music impresario, passed away on Feb. 4 in Stockholm at the age of 90, the media took note of a storied career in the history in creating the modern folk-music movement. Missing from the details about this self-described...
Creating programs for 200 Jewish residents and thousands of visitors
When Yaniv and Marcia Gliksman, and their children moved a few years ago to St. Lucia—an idyllic island nation nestled among the Windward Islands at the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea—they found warm waters, inviting beaches and tropical forests. While...
25 years ago, Chabad.org was launched at the site of Amazon’s new headquarters
The social responsibility of massively successful high-tech companies was again thrown into high relief last week when Amazon announced that Long Island City—a working-class neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., that has been home to the largest public-housing de...
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