Some things are best forgotten, and 2021 certainly had its disproportionate share of events that left us often feeling unmoored. But looking back offers perspective, and what shows up in hindsight may provide solace where there was only grief.
We found that to be true as we looked at lubavitch.com’s most-read articles of the past twelve months. Most are stories of struggle, disappointment, and sometimes loss. And yet, each article inspires with the light and hope teased out from the darkness.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Chabad rabbi, and the mysterious nature of Jewish identity
Born to an Italian Catholic family in Binghamton, NY, Ani briefly attended Sunday school and took her first Communion, until dropping out of church, with no objections from her parents.
A survivor relives forty-minutes that changed his life forever
When a Jewish resident at a nursing home near Boston passed away without any relatives, the home placed a call to Rabbi Nechemia Shusterman of Peabody, Massachusetts. 96 years old, the man had spent his entire life since the age of three in the care of agencies for special needs individuals.
Incredibly, his parents had arranged for his full Jewish burial nearly half a century earlier.
Rabbi Yoel Kahn, who passed away this past July (6 Av) at age 91, was the wise man of Chabad Chasidism. The master redactor and interpreter of Chasidic texts and deeply devoted to the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, he shaped the contours of Chabad scholarship over the course of seventy years, introducing a new way of approaching a discipline that had theretofore been beyond the grasp of most.
The Chabad emissaries in Chengdu, China must leave in a hurry to protect their children, and the community they built with love and care falls apart. To return or not?
Binyamin Murray, rabbi at Chabad of Middlebury, Vermont, tells the story of his adoption, his upbringing in a loving interfaith family and the intense and challenging search for his true identity.
It all started with a post on a travel and credit card points forum from a non-regular user.
My first fashion show was in 2018. That year, Fashion Week fell directly over the week of Rosh Hashanah. With only one day between Shabbos and the two days of Rosh Hashanah, I couldn’t prepare during the frenetic few days before the show. My PR people couldn’t imagine it — they didn’t understand what I was thinking. It’s unheard of for someone to have this big moment and not be in communication with their team the days before the event!