As they mourned a rabbi and his wife murdered by terrorists in Mumbai, officials of the Chabad Lubavitch worldwide outreach movement were encouraging their emissaries in other parts of the world to stay strong and continue their mission.
"You know how to face adversity and challenges," said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky at a press conference in Crown Heights Brooklyn that was televised around the world. " Keep strong and continue to forge ahead with courage and fortitude in the service of our people and mankind to make this a better place to live for all."
Even as Modern Orthodox Jews see themselves as embattled and on the decline within Orthodoxy, eclipsed by the ascendancy of the haredim to the right, new demographic data offer quite a different picture.
“Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town. And people let me be just what I want to be”
– John Cougar Mellencamp
For those who want their kids to emulate their own lifestyles and traditions, there are few considerations more crucial than where they grow up - the physical environment in which they live, the sense of community there and the people with whom they surround themselves.