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No, Really: Why Do We Mark Yom Kippur?

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 1:22 pm
Posted by Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman

Why do we mark Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur starts tonight, on Friday evening. Jews all around the world will be fasting and sitting in religious services. And I have just one question, "Why?" Yom Kippur is a long service for those of us who pray three times a day. For those not liturgically inclined, Yom Kippur is like running the marathon without training. The experience is difficult.

Not everything is easy

I am not suggesting that life should be easy. Things that are difficult are often meaningful and enjoyable. I am merely asking "Why?".

Yom Kippur cleanses the soul

To answer the question, one has to think about what Yom Kippur accomplishes. Through our pray and fasting G-d is going to seal us favorable in... ( Read More » )

Fasting Has Its Benefits: What Yom Kippur Can Do For You

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 3:28 pm
Posted by Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman

Yom Kippur is Special

This Shabbat we will be celebrating Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. While Jews across the globe will be gathering in Shul to ask G-d to forgive our sins and to seal us in the book of life, it is time to take a step back and give Yom Kippur its due.

Mark Yom Kippur and you have nothing to worry about

Yom Kippur is an amazing holiday. Many faith traditions are concerned about sin and H,E, Double Hockey Sticks. Adherents walk around in a state of angst worrying about sin and its pitch forks. This is not the place to discuss the Jewish view of the afterlife, but, the reason we are not as concerned is because Yom Kippur removes Jewish sin. At most, a person is carrying around just one... ( Read More » )

How Steve Jobs Changed My Life: By A Recent College Grad

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 12:09 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

steve-jobs1.jpegAs the entire world mourns the passing of Steve Jobs, many are personally reflecting on the impact this single man had on our lives. He changed the world in a tangible way, and made an impact that most of us can sense day to day. More importantly, however, he was a man with a unique way of thinking – that presents a lesson to us all.

A few weeks after I finished my final semester at college, I was an absolute mess. I’d moved to a brand new city, committed the last of my funds to renting an apartment, and my temp job that lasted shorter than planned. Suddenly I was alone in a big city with no savings, no income, rent to pay and groceries to buy. My shiny new college degree wasn’t going to help me stay independent, stay... ( Read More » )

Chabad at Illini Bring In the New Year

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 5:43 pm
Posted by Campus News

Rosh Hashana at the University of Illinois was an experience that... well... why don't you watch and find out? Serious Jewish life on this campus.

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Cooking Italian, Cooking Jewish - Chabad on Campus Hosts Rosh Hashana in Rome

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:53 pm
Posted by Campus News

Cooking Classes and Torah for Students

ChallahRome.jpgAs one of the most popular destinations for English-speaking students studying abroad, Chabad on Campus in Rome started the year off in full swing, with a Kosher cooking class, melding traditional Jewish cooking with Italian flavor.

The course began last week with preparing challah, the traditional bread used during Shabbat and Jewish holidays, with a special mitzvah relevant to its preparation.

Before the participants began in the kitchen, organizer Rivka Lazar took the opportunity to explain their origin: the challah is the Manna that Hashem sent to the Jews in the desert, when they demanded food to appease their hunger.

Two challòt are used during the Shabbat dinner on Friday... ( Read More » )

University of Illinois President Attends Services at Chabad

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:29 pm
Posted by Campus News

University of Illinois President Michael Hogan joined the over 250 students, faculty and community at the Welcome the New Year - Rosh Hashana Services at Illini Chabad.

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Photo: Art Westle, President Hogan, Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel

The President's had the date circled in his calendar and he's been checking them off with a red X for weeks, as evidenced by his blog, as well as this email; "“The University of Illinois is committed to fostering positive relationships with all of our faith-based groups, and I know that Chabad is committed to the same,” he said. “Our faith-based groups (are) an important part of our community.

... ( Read More » )

Over 1200 Celebrate High Holidays With Chabad on Campus UK

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 4:41 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Many traditional Jewish students head home for Rosh Hashanah to spend this special holiday tucked away with family leaving the forgotten few wondering where to go and what to do for the High Holidays on campus. Leeds_freshers.JPG
“I had no idea where I could go for Rosh Hashanah” said Adam Applebaum from Edge Hill University. Edge Hill is a 30 minute train ride from Liverpool’s Universities Chabad on Campus which is directed by Rabbi Shmuli and Tzivia Brown. Adam told us that he contacted the Rabbi and after that, “Everything went far better than I could possibly have imagined. I went into the new year knowing that a wonderful Chabad campus rabbi and community is within reach who will be there to help... ( Read More » )

IsraeLinks Winter Trip Launches Today!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:14 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

HEY! YOU! How was your day? What'd you get up to so far? BSH_2065 b.jpg

Drank a bit of a coffee, didn't you? Went to a couple classes? Hung out with your buddies in between?

The school year isn't shiny and happy and new anymore. Your textbooks are getting dog-eared at the edges and the exams-and-papers rush is starting to, well, crush the spirit out of you. Yom Kippur and Sukkot are coming up, but in between there's the reality that school is here, and it's here to stay.

Until December, that is. Because when winter break arrives, goodbye to the doldrums and HELLO CHABAD, where we put the "break" in the winter. Or something.

... ( Read More » )

Home School - Even Rabbis Hate School

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 2:32 pm
Posted by Rabbi Elie Estrin

ElieEstrin-edited.jpgThey say that educating a child properly takes 50 percent skill, 50 percent prayers and 50 percent tears. This equation expresses two things: Firstly, my life-long frustration with all things math-related. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the difficulty and struggles that go along with trying to mold a living being into a mentsch.

Truth be told, I still revel in the fact that I do not have to go to school today. One of my earliest extant pieces of writing is a note excusing myself for not doing my homework. I signed it, “Elie’s Mom”. So while my experience in school can only be described as Alcatrazian, I am desperately hoping that none of my children experience the same.

I grew up as the third of seven children... ( Read More » )

Why We Light Shabbat Candles: Peace, Light and Transcendence

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 2:08 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

The Significance of Today

Today is the 6th day of Tishrei, when we commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Rebbetzin Chana, the mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. No ordinary lady, this exceptional woman was the epitome of virtue and self-sacrifice, following her husband into exile in a remote Russian town, even manufacturing ink for his use in writing holy books. Starvation, freezing temperatures, exile and sickness weren’t enough to get this special woman down. Following her husband’s death, Rebbetzin Chana suffered loneliness, wearying travel conditions and periods of hiding as a refugee before she finally migrated to America, where she joined her son, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, in New York.

Read more about Rebbetzin... ( Read More » )

Cutting Class or Respecting Religion?

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 5:42 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

With Rosh Hashana just last weekend and a bunch of Jewish Holidays around the corner, a large number of students around the country are concerned with how to celebrate the Jewish holidays - even when their school does not provide time off.

A Cornell student recently expressed his concern over a lack of university policy for faith-based holidays:

This week I will join many Cornellians in celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Since Cornell doesn’t officially recognize religious holidays, observing them brings fresh, unique challenges each year: missed lectures, rescheduled prelims and job obligations, to name a few. Many members of the Cornell community, myself included, find difficulty balancing everyday and... ( Read More » )


Monday, October 3, 2011 - 2:52 pm
Posted by Rabbi Yossy Gordon

Sholom aleichem. The Rebbe once said that whatever he says publicly he also says privately and whatever he says privately he also says publicly.

Without queston, having integrity whereby one is true to one's ideals and standards through and through is paramount in our Divine service. Being external or surface deep is to be avoided!

However, there is an exception. The exception is joy. When it comes to being joyous, or "besimcha", one not only is permitted to be less than genuine, one can even fake it outright. The logic is simple. Fake it till you make it.

Now I am not advocating insensitivity or arrogance. So from whence cometh such joy?

In 1953, the Rebbe gave the answer as he... ( Read More » )

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