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Loschak, Aharon

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Wife and mother of OK Kosher leaders worked with Soviet underground
Mrs. Thelma Levy, a feisty and spirited woman known for her wit and her steadfast commitment to her religion and connection with the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—as well as the stalwart force behind her husband, Rabbi Berel Levy...
Emphasizing Jewish unity while maintaining social distancing
Defying all odds, Lag BaOmer in the era of the coronavirus was celebrated in grand style, checking off another year celebrating that magical day when the light of Kabbalah shone strong with the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Social-distancing practic...
Finding safe and inventive ways to celebrate in a most unusual year
Scenes of families crowding carnival lawns, jumping merrymakers dancing around bonfires, and large outdoor Jewish concerts are the usual fare for the joyous and deeply spiritual holiday of Lag BaOmer that kicks off the summer season for the Jewish communi...
From the joyful naming of a baby to the lonely burial of a parent, finding ways to carry on
Everyone knows that Jewish life-cycle events are communal affairs. Be it a circumcision, a wedding, or unfortunately, a shiva house, Jews traditionally celebrate, and mourn, together. With the global pandemic of COVID-19 foisting social-distancing rules o...
Head of OK Kosher was universally respected for principles and scholarship
Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, head of one of the world’s largest kosher certifying agencies, passed away on April 16, the last day of Passover. He was 72 years old and succumbed to the coronavirus. A brilliant scholar, outstanding organizer and consummate professi...
Unlike Kaddish, it does not require the presence of a minyan
One of the most time-honored and widely attended synagogue traditions is Yizkor, the hallowed prayer that memorializes departed loved ones in the presence of Torah scrolls and fellow Jewish mourners. This year, the prayer will be performed at home. For th...
In a world reeling from coronavirus, a taste of an infinitely better future
So far, this year, Passover has certainly been different than all other years. While on all other years, the Seder is boisterously celebrated amid family and friends, this year, it was celebrated in private, each family in their own home. Thanks to the ef...
Loudspeakers and roving billboards announce availability in time for Passover Seder
Repurposed RVs as “Mitzvah Tanks” are a familiar sight on the streets of New York City every year during the days before Passover. Staffed by young yeshivah students armed with shmurah matzah, these “tanks” roll through the city and deliver the traditiona...
3,000 patients are being treated at cavernous convention center
When the State of Illinois and the city of Chicago decided to transform the largest convention center in North America into a field hospital to stem the flow of patients suffering from the coronavirus (COVID-19), Passover plans for the Jewish personnel wa...
Survived many struggles in the Soviet Union to establish a large family in America
Guta Schapiro, the matriarch of a large Chabad-Lubavitch family who lived through many hardships in the Soviet Union, passed away on March 27. She was 99 years old. Born in a small town in Crimea, Schapiro was the daughter of the venerable Chassid Reb Per...
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