As The Nazi Threat Loomed, 300 Jews Escaped To… Haiti

No visas to the U.S. were issued until mid-1940. The U.S. consulate informed the refugees that their arrival in the U.S. would deprive Americans of jobs.

Jewish Rebirth In Central America

In recent years, Shavei Israel has facilitated the immigration and absorption of 3,500 Bnei Menashe Jews from India.

Seize The Moment

Sometimes you are having a bad day. Nothing seems to be going as you expected. And then you see someone at work or school who needs help with something and you help them out.

The Pro-Slavery Orthodox Rabbi

Raphall emphasized that the “slave,” in whom vests fundamental human dignity, must be served the best food and, if there is only one mattress, the slave gets it and the Jewish owner must sleep on the floor.

A Family Treasure

I could not believe that the evidence that my great-grandparents were renowned rabbis, and their names, was right in front of me all my life.

In The Beginning

When the Rebbe died, everyone grieved, but no one grieved like Pappa did.

A Time Of Miracles

A person can be anywhere in the world and he or she can feel the holiness of the holiday or of the Shabbat, no matter what.

Marlon Brando And The Play That Helped Create Israel

It is also broadly credited with playing an important role in turning American public opinion against England and forcing the British to end the Palestine Mandate and to withdraw from Eretz Yisrael.

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As Israel’s fourth president, he used his personal standing and the prestige of his office to galvanize academics to address the danger of assimilation in Diaspora communities.

Broken Hearted

We can take our hard moments and turn them into a deep connection to the one above. We can take each opportunity of hardship and turn it into our special prayer to G-d.

Why Is The U.S. Holocaust Museum Whitewashing FDR?

Acknowledging these options would have undermined the exhibit’s theme of a weak, almost helpless Roosevelt who supposedly had no choice but to follow – rather than lead – public opinion.

Israel And America: The First Ambassadors

The fascinating story about how the name “Israel” came to be written on the document signed by Truman recognizing the new Jewish state is broadly known, but few know that the handwriting on that historic document is Elath’s.

Humble And Assertive

In our relationships, when do you forgive and forget, and when do you demand redress from those who hurt you? When do you say “No”? When do you say “Yes”?

Is It Proper…? – “Is Enrolling In A Secular College Ever Appropriate In Today’s...

This week’s question is: “Is enrolling in a secular college ever appropriate in today’s day and age?”

Chai Lifeline Continues To Inspire

Somehow Chai Lifeline is there, with food going to the home and the hospital, volunteers coming to the hospital to play with the kids, and iPads showing up out of nowhere to keep them busy.

The Jewish Legacy Of World War I

Though a vicious civil war divided nationalist Ukrainians, Bolsheviks, and anti-Bolsheviks, they were somehow able to unite in committing atrocities against Ukraine’s one million Jews.

The Maccabees: Ideal Idealists

Sometimes a person who rises to heroic heights for the sake of ideals is routed by the day-to-day hardships of living.

The Forest And The Trees

So much of our clothing, accessories and technological paraphernalia seem to define us and what we believe and value spiritually – yet, it should be the other way around.

Robert Kennedy: Assassinated For His Support Of Israel

A great champion of Israel throughout his professional life, Robert F. Kennedy supported Jews and the Jewish State from an early age. While a...

The Power Of Speech

Ask any counselor or therapist and you will hear of the great damage caused to children who were insulted by their parents or teachers, siblings or peers.

80th Anniversary Of Kristallnacht

This Friday, November 9, marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. To commemorate this tragic date – the beginning of European Jewry’s destruction – The...


Every family has its own mix and, as the family grows, the mix becomes richer and more varied. Like my grandsons.

Who Wrote The Tefillah L’Shalom Medinat Yisrael?

People from various communities in the Diaspora are asking me to amend the prayer for the well-being of the state and its leaders.

Over 3,000 Chabad Shluchim Gather In New York For Grand Convention

This weekend, over 3,000 Lubavitch shluchim will gather in Crown Heights for the annual Kinus Hashluchim (also known as the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim).

Boundless Love

Cold-blooded, fanatical, baseless, relentless hatred can be uprooted from its core only by saturating our world with pure, undiscriminating, unyielding love and acts of kindness.


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