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Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Section: The Upsherin

For the first three years of life, children absorbs their parents' love. Then, their education takes a leap—they are ready to produce and share their unique gifts.

For a Jewish boy, this transition is marked with a haircutting ceremony—an "upsherin"—on his third Jewish birthday.

Click here to visit our new section about the Upsherin.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Think Jewish now available for home delivery!

Think Jewish, Chabad.org's weekly print publication, is now available for home delivery.

Each Issue Features:
  • Weekly Commentary on more meaningful daily living
  • Not Just A Story an inspiring Chassidic story
  • Just A Minute weekly meditation
  • Just Think insights from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
  • Just Do It! a mini guide to Jewish traditions
  • Questions & Answers on relevant Jewish topics
  • Parshah in a Nutshell
Click here for more information and to subscribe online.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Section: Legacy of Mumbai

The Legacy of Mumbai
Chabad.org has launched a new special section in honor of the first anniversary since the cruel murders, of Gavriel (Gabi) and Rivky Holtzberg, beloved directors of Chabad of Mumbai.

In the course of their short lives, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, Chabad emissaries in Mumbai, India, radiated love, kindness and inspiration to their surroundings.

With their cruel murder by forces of darkness, their light exploded into a million points of light that now illuminate across the globe.

Here’s the story of a legacy that lives on. »»

KabbalaToons in the New York Pulse

Pilar Newton puts the finishing touches on Rabbi Infinity

On Kabbala Toons, an animated rabbi offers "cosmic consciousness"
By Leslie Hart for the NY Pulse

As he plummets toward earth at 300 miles per hour after jumping out of a plane, Rabbi Infinity serenely irons a sock in freefall while expressing confidence that his parachute will open in time. “When life sends you spiraling downward, stay calm and rely on the creator of life for a smooth landing,” he says.

Whether skydiving or sifting for gold, Infinity teaches adults and children Jewish mysticism as the two-dimensional narrator of “Kabbala Toons.” He promises a limitless return for a small investment of time. “Give me one minute,’’ he says, “I’ll give you cosmic consciousness.”

Rabbi Infinity’s mission is to engage and enlighten his followers through “Kabbala Toons,” a biweekly series of Web cartoons that present the teachings of religious philosophy with the ease and access of YouTube. Viewers subscribe to the free videos on Chabad.org, the Web site of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, and share their favorite “webisodes” via Facebook. Rabbi Infinity is the animated alter ego of real-life Rabbi Tzvi Freeman of Toronto, Canada. Each webisode and corresponding blog is written by Freeman and animated by Pilar Newton of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

With more than 900,000 unique visitors per month, Crown Heights-based Chabad.org is the most prominent Jewish educational and informational portal on the Web, according to an August 2009 study by 4Wall, a Jewish media strategy firm. “Kabbala Toons” reach 19,000 subscribers from Montevideo, Uruguay to Melbourne, Australia.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Watch the International Conference of Shluchim Online

Watch the Kinus Hashluchim
As the 25th-annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries draws to a close, the almost 3,000 attendees – who flew in from locations spanning the globe – will meet up with their visiting lay leaders and make their way from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y., to the New York State National Guard Armory for the conference’s concluding banquet.

Traditionally the highlight of the conference, this year’s banquet – which will be simulcast live on Jewish.tv, a streaming video project of the Web site Chabad.org – will feature an address from Professor David Luchins, chair of Touro College’s department of political science and a longtime advisor to the late New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, about his own family’s interactions with the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. The keynote speech will be delivered by Rabbi Yehuda Shemtov, director of Chabad of Bucks County, Pa.

The newly-knighted Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin of Ilford, England, and conference administrator Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, will also speak.

The banquet, which will celebrate 70 years of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement’s activities being directed from the United States, will begin Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

To view the banquet’s proceedings on Jewish.tv, click here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Section: Kabbalah Online

Kabbalah Online
Kosher Kabbalah from the holy city of Safed, Israel. In Partnership with Ascent of Safed.