Zambia to get first rabbi in six decades

Rabbi Mendy and Rivky Hertzel will move to Zambia early next year to establish a Chabad House and assist the small but thriving Jewish community in the southern African nation. Zambia has not had a rabbi in over 60 years. Rabbi Hertzel told JNS, “In February of this year, they tasked me to go to […]

Ice menorah smashed at Upper East Side Chabad

The ice-carved menorah commissioned by Upper East Side (UES) Chabad Israel Center was smashed in an apparent antisemitic attack on Wednesday night. This incident follows a previous act of vandalism that took place at the same center in October during the Sukkot holiday. “This was definitely a malicious and intentional act,” said Rabbi Uriel Vigler, […]

Temple Menorah/Hanukkiah controversy: straight arms or round

Every year on Hanukkah, an 800-year-old controversy over the Temple Menorah is seen around the world about how the Menorah was constructed – whether it featured straight arms or round arms. This year, a manuscript featured in a New York exhibition underscored this controversy. A closer look reveals that the controversy may not actually be […]


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