The Rebbe, From A Personal Angle

As the 20th anniversary of Menachem Schneerson’s death nears, two new books stop short of offering a reappraisal of his legacy.

06/04/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Calling someone “larger than life” risks raising that person from the realm of the human to that of myth. Yet that epithet may be an understatement for someone as personally charismatic and globally influential as Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh leader of the Lubavitch (or Chabad) chasidic movement. 

the Lubavitcher Rebbe continues to wield a strong influence on the Jewish community, two decades after his death.

Tisha B'Av: Why We Should Still Care

The destruction that took place on the 9th of Av happened 2,000 years ago.
08/01/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Memorable events happen to everyone – and not just to individuals, but to groups, families, tribes. In most cases, the memory diminishes with time. When one is very close to an event, every detail is engraved on the mind, and of course, memories trigger an accompanying emotional response. But with time, the impact of such memories becomes less. We tend to forget almost everything; the sharpness and the colors of things past become tarnished. And even when they are written down or memorialized another way, events become smaller with time.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
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