By COLlive reporter
Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz are the hosts of “Unorthodox,” a weekly take on Jewish news and culture on the American Jewish online magazine Tablet.
Episode 143 was titled “The One With the Mitzvah Tank” in which the hosts joined a group of Lubavitchers who gitting the streets of New York City on the staple Mivtzoim outreach work.
Here’s their description:
“Hi, are you Jewish?” is a question you may have been asked in any number of towns or cities by a smiling bearded man wearing a yarmulke. It’s one of the trademarks of Chabad, the Hasidic movement that dispatches its young men around town to help Jewish strangers perform a mitzvah—Jewish women are offered Shabbat candles, and Jewish men are encouraged to put on tefillin.
We’ve always been fascinated with this practice, with some of us finding it charming and others, frankly, terrifying. So we did the only thing we could do: We went to Manhattan’s crowded Union Square during lunchtime, accompanied by our very own Chabad Sherpas, to see what it was like to talk to absolute strangers about religion.