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Apr 16, 2019, 7:14 AM
A birthday gift for the Rebbe
Today’s Hebrew date is the 11th of Nissan, and it is the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s birthday. As a child and later as a yeshiva student, every year on this date, three days before Passover, my friends and I would celebrate the Rebbe’s birthday by fanning...
Sep 7, 2018, 6:11 PM
Why do people go to High Holiday services?
When was the last time someone said that the reason he or she goes to High Holiday services is because of the rabbi’s sermon? I know some of my colleagues would like to think that their eloquence is what...
Feb 28, 2018, 4:47 PM
Go Big or Go Home
A typical Purim column usually consists of heralding the heroism of Esther and Mordechai, the role they played in standing up for their people and saving the Jews from impending annihilation. It is often about the lessons we can...
Jan 28, 2018, 6:12 AM
Is it spring yet?
The holiday of the 15th of Shevat (AKA Tu B’Shevat), observed this year on January 30-31, is known as the “New Year for Trees.” It is not simply the Jewish version of Arbor Day, but has actual implications in Jewish...
Jan 25, 2018, 11:38 PM
If birds can fly, why can’t we?
Sixty-seven years ago this week, in January 1951, the Lubavitcher Rebbe officially took over the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. It was at a “farbrengen” marking the one year anniversary of the passing of his father-in-law, the previous Rebbe,...
Nov 17, 2017, 6:46 AM
Will your past catch up with you?
It’s been in the news for the last several weeks. Powerful men who believed they were beyond reproach are suddenly being forced to face the music for their inappropriate actions; some many years ago and others more recently. While...
Jun 18, 2017, 7:31 AM
What I learned from the Rebbe
Countless articles and stories have been written about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; about his life, his global impact, his teachings, and his concern for every single Jew. But more than anything else, if you knew the Rebbe,...
Jan 14, 2016, 11:49 PM
Two rabbis, two completely different messages
Earlier this week, I came across two videos in my social media feeds of rabbis giving lectures. Both rabbis are Israeli-born and currently live in New York, and they both speak heavily accented English. But that’s where their similarities...
Oct 2, 2015, 2:00 AM
Chocolate in Prison
Celebrating Sukkot at the Indiana State Prison inspired some unexpected camaraderie among the inmates
Sep 17, 2015, 12:05 AM
A Different Type of Inspiration
There are many inspirational parts of the Rosh Hashanah services, and different people find meaning in different things. This year my inspiration came in the form of a young thirteen-year-old boy. But let’s back up a bit… Attendance at services everywhere...
Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov is co-director, along with his wife Chanie, of Chabad of Northwest Indiana. He is also a member of Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi and social media teams.