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Carin M. Smilk

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Carin M. Smilk is a writer and editor who lives outside Philadelphia.
How a rabbi’s unexpected visit reignited Jewish practice in a family’s life
Sometimes, a small spark can light a fire. It needs the right conditions, of course—time, place and just the right kindling to start things going. That’s what happened to the Hanley family in the Boston suburb of Hingham, Mass., near the end of 2020 when ...
Dini Freundlich models the dedication and responsibility of a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary
Dini Freundlich arrived in the United States two weeks ahead of her keynote address at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchos), not because she needed to prepare, but because she had to be sure she was healthy—...
The complex world of honey bees has correlations to Judaism, and not just at High Holiday time
Human instinct may be to swat, run away or do a frantic little dance to avoid contact with bees, but like most small living creatures, they have more to fear from us than we them. In fact, they have much to lose; it’s true that when a worker bee—the ones ...
Chabad couple brings programs and learning to Jewish staff and future doctors
Max Weinberg leaves his house before dawn and returns home after dusk, or sometimes not until the next day, says his wife, Jessica Weinberg. That’s the life of an orthopedic resident. “It’s a tough schedule with very little free time,” says Jessica Weinbe...
Rabbi Menachem Kutner talks about the work of Chabad Terror Victims Project
Terrorism has always been a fact of life in Israel. Even during periods of calm, the ongoing work of helping those lives who have been impacted by attacks in the past is never-ending. And when tensions spike—when Israel is on the brink of conflict as it i...
Travel to Israel provides first-time experiences for participants
Monica Smolyar is like any other 21-year-old. She wants to get out and see the world. One of the places she always dreamed of visiting was Israel. She has a lot of family there, and so her parents have been to the Jewish state many times to see them. Her ...
Rebbetzin cited as an ongoing role model on the 30th anniversary of passing
For the more than 3,000 women who filled every table—every inch of the ballroom at the New York Hilton Hotel in Midtown—it came as no surprise that such significant news would be reported the same night they honored one of the most significant people in t...
Festive events around the world recall old memories and aim to create new ones
It’s human nature to prefer beginnings to ends. But each year, the Jewish people get to experience both in one fell swoop as they get to see, quite literally, where the Torah reading stops, and then starts, all over again. For many, the holiday of Simchat...
Building on last year’s Hakhel success, rabbis see a positive trend
In some places in the world with large Jewish populations, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries can attract thousands to mega-events like challah bakes, public menorah-lightings and massive Shabbat dinners. But in Belo Horizonte, Brazil—where more than 130 men con...
Jewish leadership skills are the focus of a CTeen summer program
“It gave me my voice. It helped me evolve as a person,” says 18-year-old Rachel Wilkes of her years with CTeen, the Chabad teen network. “It showed me that I can be who I want to be.” The native of Hollywood, Fla., is off to study for a year in Israel, bu...
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