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When a King meets a Rabbi

Having run into Rabbi Goldberg at a Chabad tefillin stand in France, the two discussed the Seven Noahide Laws, the importance of charity in Judaism and recited a Hebrew blessing together.

By David Rosenberg

 

For decades, emissaries of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement have set up tefillin stands in universities and at street corners around the world, looking to encourage Jewish passersby to put on phylacteries.

One such tefillin stand in Paris received a most unusual visitor on Monday, when a middle-aged tourist from Morocco approached the stand and began chatting about the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

As Chabad emissary Israel Goldberg soon learned, the visitor was not the run-of-the-mill tourist, but Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco. Continue Reading »

Dramatic Video Released: Footage of stabbing attack at Chabad yeshiva in Brooklyn

 

 

Reason for the attack is still unknown, but some claim it was a hate crime.

By SAM SOKOL

 

Dramatic footage of Monday’s stabbing attack against an Israeli yeshiva student outside of Chabad’s international headquarters in Brooklyn was released Tuesday.

Stabbing attack

Stabbing attack against an Israeli yeshiva student – Screenshot

The attacker, an unidentified African-American described as a homeless man by the Daily News, entered the building and, according to witnesses, asked for a book. He subsequently left but then returned and took out a switchblade, menacing a group of students before stabbing 22-year-old Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel of  Betar Illit, Israel. Continue Reading »

Chabad emissaries may qualify as national service instead of IDF induction

Volunteers for Zaka, Magen David Adom & the Israel National Police have already receive the status of national service, which in most cases can be served instead of IDF service.

 

 

JERUSALEM – The work of 100 Israeli men serving overseas as emissaries on behalf of Chabad can count as national service, a Knesset committee decided.

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Nariman House, known as the Mumbai Chabad House. Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka Holtzberg, who was six months pregnant, were murdered with four other Jewish hostages inside the house by the attackers. 26, Nov. 2008 – Photo & Text: Wikimedia Commons.

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Chabad’s ‘Mitzvah Tank’ takes Chanukah into Australia’s Outback

Even if there are more deadly crocodiles than Jews in Australia’s Outback,that’s not going to stop Chabad emissaries from bring Chanukah to the few wandering Jews.

 

 

Hanukkah Down Under is arguably the most public of Jewish festivals, an eight-day blitz of festivities across the continent.

Chabad's Mitzvah Tank

The ‘Mitzvah Tank,’ a synagogue on wheels, belonging to Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia.- Photo: George Koulakis

Cherry pickers hoist rabbis high above the crowds to light giant Hanukkah menorahs in public spaces; inside the Westfield chain of shopping malls – founded by Holocaust survivor Frank Lowy – menorahs jostle alongside Christmas decorations; on the beaches and in the bays, in parks and even in parliament, Hanukkah is a hive of activity. Continue Reading »

India Arrests Terrorist Planning New Mumbai Attack

Israel TV-2 reports Global Jihad terrorist has been arrested by Indian authorities. India has Heightened security alert around possible Jewish targets.

By Gil Ronen

 

Channel 2‘s website says that Indian security forces have arrested a Global Jihad terrorist who they believe planned to carry out terror attacks against Jewish targets in India. The investigation revealed that he is part of a cell that planned terror attacks in Mumbai and other locations. Chabad houses were reportedly on the list of planned targets.

The report has not been corroborated by other news sources.

According to the report, there are terror alerts regarding two possible targets on the island of Goa, which is very popular with Israelis, especially in the October “party season”: a beach town named Anjuna and a nearby resort village named Arambul. Continue Reading »

The Few Jews in Island Struggle to Keep the Faith

With no rabbi, no synagogue & a majority of interfaith marriages, Iceland’s few Jews find unique ways of keeping Jewish tradition alive …with a little help from their friends.

By Jenna Gottlieb, The Forward 
 

Iceland has no synagogue, no rabbis, no Jewish community center or organized structure. In fact, Judaism is not even one of Iceland’s state-recognized religions.

Reykjavík, Iceland's largest metropolitan area, seen from Hallgrímskirkja's steeple.

Reykjavík, Iceland’s largest metropolitan area, seen from Hallgrímskirkja’s steeple. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia Commons

Still, Iceland has about 100 Jews who call this North Atlantic island home. And last year, roughly 50 of them gathered in a hall downtown on Erev Rosh Hashanah for services — a proportion of prayer attendance that rabbis in many other countries would give their left arms to achieve.

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More Jewish groups joining in to give aid to Oklahoma tornado victims

Jewish groups around the nation have started fundraising and volunteer work for Oklahoma tornado victims

 

 

NEW YORK — Jewish groups are joining the effort to help those displaced by the tornado in suburban Oklahoma City.

JFNARabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced Tuesday that his organization will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and others on the ground in Oklahoma.

“We are numb with grief, and yet inspired by the heroic resilience of the people of Oklahoma,” Jacobs said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by this horrific tragedy.

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Jewish center taking in displaced Oklahomans

The Chabad center has begun passing out supplies and giving shelter to those left homeless after the deadly tornado devastated parts of the State.

By JTA

 

A Chabad center in Oklahoma City opened its building as a shelter for those displaced by a deadly tornado.

 

A man walking over the ruins of his destroyed house following the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013. Photo Brett Deering Getty

A man walking over the ruins of his destroyed house following the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013. Photo: Brett Deering/Getty

 

The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma also is collecting supplies for those left homeless by the tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday afternoon, leaving at least 24 people dead, including several children, and injuring hundreds. Continue Reading »

Putin Disregards US Court: Refuses to Relinquish Archive to Chabad

Vladimir Putin says Russia will not comply to a U.S. District Court verdict by returning a disputed 18th Century Jewish archive to the U.S., saying doing so, would “open a Pandora’s box”.

By Elad Benari

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he refused to return a historic but disputed Jewish archive to the United States because doing so would “open a Pandora’s box”, AFP reports.

Russian President Vladimir PutinPutin spoke after a U.S. judge slapped a daily fine of $50,000 on Moscow last month for its failure to comply with a 2010 order to return the sacred texts.

Putin’s international cultural cooperation representative Mikhail Shvydko said at the time that the ruling “doomed” the chances of the archive ever being sent to the United States. Continue Reading »

Shopping mall guards turn away haredi man

Security guards at the Ramat Aviv shopping mall explain that they were acting on specific instructions. The mall management says that store owners and customers have complained about Chabad activity in the mall. The haredi community doesn’t intend to let this pass

 

Last week, security guards at the swanky Ramat Aviv shopping mall refused to allow an Ultra-Orthodox man in, claiming that they were acting according to instructions from the mall’s management. A few mall workers who knew the man tried to intervene, but to no avail.

When asked to explain the incident, the management said that it had received numerous complaints from both store owners and shoppers saying they felt harassed by Chabad representatives active in the mall. Continue Reading »

First Synagogue Inaugurated in Basel in Over 80 Years

The Feldinger Chabad Jewish Centre is first synagogue in the city since 1929.

A synagogue has been dedicated in Basel for the first time in more than 80 years.

The Feldinger Chabad Jewish Centre is the first synagogue inaugurated in the city since 1929.

Rabbis and government officials were present at the opening ceremony.

The inauguration of the centre was supported by Sami Rohr, one of the most notable philanthropists to Chabad-Lubavitch causes worldwide.

Mr. Rohr was born in Berlin but escaped Germany prior to the outbreak of World War II.  His parents were sent to a refugee camp but their 16-year-old son, found refuge with Shlomo Zalman and Recha Feldinger, a Jewish couple living in Basel. Continue Reading »