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Bogomilsky, Kaplan Halacha talk

Yagdil Torah held a Morning of Learning at Getzel's Shul today, over 40 Crown Heights residents attended. Classes included "Seforim Case in Halacha," by Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky, and "The Mitzva of Educating Children," by Rabbi Nochum Kaplan. COLlive presents exclusive audio. Photos, Audio

Lighting Menorah Before Battle

Minutes before leaving for Gaza on the eighth night of Chanukah, Shluchim from Chabad of Be'er Sheva joined a group of soldiers for a Menorah lighting. The shluchim gave warm words of encouragement, and joined the soldiers in a dance, finally ending the gathering at 2:00 am. COLLive was allowed to video, however the images were distorted by IDF request for security reasons.


Sruly Meyer, who recorded this new single, says, "I dedicate this song to Gavriel's HY"D passion and his warmth and of course, his smile. We should all have his mindset that nothing is too hard, and we should do everything with passion and with a smile on our face." The beautiful melody is sung by Yisroel Werdyger, Yitzy Spinner and Benny Friedman. Full Story

Shlucha: Please Adopt Me

From the COLlive Inbox: Mrs. Yehudis Bluming, a Chabad Shlucha in North Carolina, writes about a new initiative in memory of Mumbai's shluchim. "There are so many Shluchos who have no family in Crown Heights," she told COLlive in a phone conversation. What can we do to help? Full Article

Response to Chaya’le

Tzvi Freeman of Chabad.org writes to the COLlive inbox: Got a long letter from what sounds like a Beis Rivkah girl. Confused and scared. She said Tehillim non-stop, gave lots of tzedaka, now her dreams of shlichus are crumbling because she is so afraid of what might happen. Wasn't easy, but this is what I answered her. Full Story

OP-ED: What to Tell Children

When tragedy hits close to home, we need not expose our young children to every detail. We must bear in mind that a child may make inferences and draw conclusions that we never even dreamed of, even with all of our sensitivity. Generally, the more the issue can be obscured, the better - Rabbi Shea Hecht writes. Full Article

U.S. Shliach Spoke to Terrorist

EXCLUSIVE: A Lubavitch official in the U.S. had spoken with one of the Indian gunman who was holding hostages at the Chabad House in Mumbai, COLlive has learned. FBI and other negotiation experts in Israel were guiding him through the process which included six phone calls. "Please help, immediately, please," a woman's voice was heard. Full Story

OP-ED: Someone Else’s Kid

For all of the good, and all the kedusha that shlichus brings into the world, are we giving our blood, sweat and tears to reach and educate "someone else's" child while neglecting the education of our own children? Rabbi Shea Hecht ponders Full Article

OP-ED: Postville’s Real Victims

The downfall of Agri will do more than just destroy the town of Postville. The chain effect from such a large kosher company closing is enormous. Dozens of butcher shops, groceries and restaurants across the country will be forced out of business leaving hundreds jobless, writes Yaacov Behrman. Full Story

Op-Ed: On Being a Chossid

Chassidus says that one of the tactics of the kelipa of Amalek is to come in a "silk kapote" and try to discourage the Jew from becoming excited about a miracle story. He says: "Big deal! Why are you so excited? Of course Hashem can perform a miracle—he created the world and has absolute power over it!" Full Article

A Fax Could Help Rubashkin

From the COLlive inbox: R' Shalom M. Rubashkin and the Jewish families of Postville, IA, are in urgent need of your support today. We need personal letters that can attest positive things about us. More

Crown Heights Newspaper

This week's Crown Heights Community Newspaper features: Rebbetzin Rivkah's dream in connection with Chof Cheshvan, a profile of late chassid Reb Zvi Hirsh Gansbourg, Jewish heroes of old: Matisyahu, and a work of art's first steps. Download the PDF - here

Crown Heights Newspaper

Crown Heights' Community Newspaper, published by the Vaad Hakohol, carries in this week's issue: "From the Heights of Alaska to the Golan Heights - a Rabbi's Northern Adventure," "Getting Cold Feet in Shidduchim" and a profile about Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Kazarnovsky OBM. Download it Here

Op-Ed: Star-dust

COLlive presents the weekly Jewish Thought in Simple Words series by Getzy Markowitz. In this week's column the author discusses the Rubashkin family and the Jews who have abandoned them. Read More

Op-Ed: Campaign Strategy

Ready for a quiz? Naftali Silberberg selected a few quotes from recent campaign speeches by the two presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Can you guess who said what? Full Opinion

Parsha Download: Lech Lecha

EXCLUSIVE: COLlive.com is proud to offer a weekly free excerpt from the Kehot Publication Society's new Chumash Bereishis with commentary based on the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, produced by Chabad of California. Get this weeks Parshas Lech Lecha in - Download

New Weekly Parsha Download

EXCLUSIVE: COLlive.com is proud to offer weekly a free excerpt from the Kehot Publication Society's new Chumash Bereishis with commentary based on the works of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, produced by Chabad of California. This week, Parshas Noach - Download

Getting Ready for Chanukah?

Several people were seen today at the olive grove near the village of Kfar Chabad, Israel. "This whole area is abandoned, so the owner gave us permission to pick the olives," an elderly man told COLlive. "If we get them now, we will have olive oil in time for Chanukah." Full Story

New California Chumash Published

Kehot and Chabad of California are releasing a new translation of the Book of Genesis. This innovative volume combines religious scholarship and scientific research in a single, reader-friendly text that will be available on October 16. DOWNLOAD a first glimpse in Full Story