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AWFTD: Out of the Comfort Zone

Monday, August 15, 2011 - 11:11 am
Posted by Rabbi Yossy Gordon

Sholom Aleichem. Lately the comfort zone is on my mind as I struggle to break out of it. I know that out of the CZ is the place to be. But how to get there?!

Before the first Chabad House, Chabad existed as it continues to today as a way of living as a Jew based on the study of Chassidus, a/k/a Chassidic philosophy. Chabad advocates an intense devotion to joy, discipline and inner integrity based on an understanding of one’s relationship with our Creator, our fellow Jews and humanity at large that needs to be permeated with selflessness and humility.

A Jew who came from the group of Chassidim known as the Chortkover Chassidim once became close to the fifth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Ber Schneersohn (1861-1920),... ( Read More » )

Tips and Tricks: How to Fast on Yom Kippur and the Ninth of Av

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 3:40 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Some people view fast days as their own personal mastercleanse, a day to get rid of all the physical as well as spiritual gunk holding them down from living a life of awesomeness. Others are well aware of their realistic fasting capabilities, and tend to prepare for the inevitable eight-hours-in-fetal-position dehydrapocalypse. When Tisha B’Av and Yom Kippur come around, no matter what kind of fast-er you are, there’s no doubt it’s not easy on anyone’s body. Let’s avoid the emergency calls with some quick tips for your fast this year on the Ninth of Av:

1. Say bye to the baddies: You know coffee and candy aren’t ideal dietary staples and blame them on addiction, but... ( Read More » )

The Nine Days: Why Are We Sad, Anyway?

Monday, August 8, 2011 - 2:18 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

No, they’re not a metal band or the latest celebrity fad diet. The Nine Days refers to the first nine days of the month of Av in the Jewish calendar, a period of mourning for the Jewish people as we commemorate the siege and destruction of Jerusalem, thousands of years ago. Tonight and tomorrow, the mourning reaches its peak, as we fast and refrain from other material comforts to commemorate the actual burning of the Holy Temple.

Why are we mourning?

Reading tales of the destruction as it happened in Jerusalem is sad, sure. The stories are enough to have you putting the book in the freezer and visualizing rainbows and puppies to take the bad guys away. But does it really matter to me what happened over 2000 years ago in a city... ( Read More » )

Jewish Gophers move into Dinkytown

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 4:40 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Dominated by fraternity housing, university buildings and student services, University of Minnesota’s “fraternity row” hasn’t seen a building change hands in over 17 years. The aptly named “Dinkytown, USA” is only a few short blocks in the city of Minneapolis, but for organizations serving America’s fourth-largest main campus student body, it’s prized real estate.

Starting at the beginning of the fall semester, frat houses will make way for a new type of house – The Chabad House, when Chabad of UM moves into their newly-purchased home at the gateway of the university. After a year and a half of hosting student programs and Friday night dinners in cramped quarters at their rental home,... ( Read More » )

Experience the Change: Chabad on Campus UK

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 11:48 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

Bristol. London. Edinburgh. Now Leeds.

Chabad Student Centers are sweeping their way across the UK, and now you can hear from those very lovely ladies and gentlemen who've seen it happen.

From Nathan: "My favourite thing about the Chabad House in Bristol is the diversity of the people that go there, people from all different levels of observance and Jewish upbringing… everyone comes together and everyone feels welcomed.”

From Rochelle: "I just hope that every Chabad House in the country is doing what Shmuley is doing." ... ( Read More » )

Welcome to Wesleyan

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 3:54 pm
Posted by Chabad on Campus

After years of getting their chicken-soup-and-matzah-bill fix at nearby Glastonbury, Wesleyan's population of Jewish students are scoring a Chabad Student Center of their own.

Wesleyan's been heavy on the Heebs for years with Jews making up 25-30% of the school's population of 2766 students. Now, Rabbi Levi and Chanie Schechtman will be moving on campus full time.

"The Schectmans, are excited to tap into the school’s atmosphere of independent study and personal discovery.

“During our previous trips to Wesleyan, we were struck by the inquisitive and open nature of the students,” Levi says. “We’ve found their desire for personal study and discovery similar to Chabad’s passion for Jewish study... ( Read More » )

The Land is our Classroom: It's called IsraeLinks

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 2:01 pm
Posted by IsraeLinks

It's one thing to spend the entire year sitting in an overly-bright classroom with a demanding grades-no-higher-than-B professor learning a subject for which you could care less other than the piece of paper it'll get you in the end... It's quite another thing to grab snippets of Jewish learning over pizza on Tuesdays in the Chabad House, between study partners and club meetings.... But how about this other thing? The thing where you soak up the sun on grassy knolls and cobblestone plazas on the other side of the world, learning about the history and traditions of the Jewish people - while standing in the exact same place where it all happened?

Those are some of the things we do on IsraeLinks.

Beyond Birthright, IsraeLinks is a... ( Read More » )


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