Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recorded a special message marking the 200th yartzeit (anniversary of passing) of the Alter Rebbe, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
U of A Chabad's Kosher for Passover Meal Plan
Want to keep Kosher for Passover? Don't live on macaroons all Passover!
Meals at U of A Chabad Rohr Center
1025 N Euclid Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85719
All dinners are at 7:30 PM and Lunches are at 2:00 pm
To RSVP Click Here
The Pesach Seders are fast approaching and there is a seat for you at Chabad's Passover Seders!
Join us at our Home style Passover Seders right here on Campus!
U of A Chabad will be hosting warm interactive Seders BOTH nights of Passover at Chabad House,
The Seder will be English-friendly and not very prayer-intensive. We will have the four cups, full dinner including Kosher for Passover Brisket, crispy hand made Matzah, and a meaningful seder that you will remember for a lifetime. (Vegetarian option as well)
Looking forward to the Passover Seders and L'shana Habah B'yerusholaim!
Rabbi Yossi & Naomi Winner
RSVP Click Here
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, Tucson, Arizona
at 7:00 PM
"Purim in The Circus"
7th Annual Purim Party at U of A Chabad!
Enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner!
Masquerade in circus attire or costume of your choice!
Hamantashan - Megillah Reading - Delicious Dinner - Music - best costume contest - Dancing and much much more!!!
Make sure to come dress up and add to the festivity of Purim!
Have a Happy, Happy Purim!!!
Some 120 Jewish students converged last weekend at Chabad at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ for the first ever Arizona Intercollegiate Shabbaton.
A joint project of Chabad on campus at Northern Arizona University (NAU), University of Arizona (UA) and ASU, the Shabbaton presented an exciting setting for Jewish students at Arizona’s state universities to meet new faces and spend time with like-minded students. The event was co-sponsored by Chabad on Campus International Foundation.
“The best part of it all was simply the fact that so many Jewish people got together,” says Zac Abrams, a sophomore at NAU and regular at Chabad at NAU, which is run by RabbiDovie and Chaya Shapiro.
“After spending so much time at Chabad at our university, it’s a big inspiration to get together with Jewish students at other schools and realize that we’re part of something bigger,” he explains.
It was an immersive Shabbat experience, with Friday night services, a candle lighting ceremony and a five-course gourmet Shabbat meal on Friday evening. On Shabbat afternoon, one student from each university shared a thought on the Torah portion of the week during lunch.
“For Jewish student life on campuses in Arizona, the Shabbaton marked a major milestone,” says Rabbi Shmuel Tiechtel, who directs Chabad at ASU together with his wife, Chana. The impressive turnout last weekend, he says, “is representative of the growth of Jewish engagement on campus.”
After lunch, students chose from a menu of classes on relevant topics, like Jewish marriage, sacred Judaism vs. cultural Judaism, and Jewish identity.
Ronen Baturow, a psychology major at ASU sat in on a class billed, The Gift of Unhappiness.
“I learned that it’s important to look at the long term, to approach life’s challenges with a deeper insight into how everything is ultimately a blessing in disguise,” he explains.
Capping the Shabbaton was a musical Havdalah service with an after-Shabbat BBQ and bonfire. Rabbi Zalman Levertov, director of Chabad in Arizona addressed the students during the BBQ event.
“I met a lot of students from ASU and NAU at the West Coast Shabbaton and at the recent New York Shabbaton, so it was great to pick up where we had left off,” says Jenna Langert, a double major in business economics and Judaic studies at UA, where RabbiYossi and Naomi Winner run Chabad activities on campus. “At Chabad, we feel part of one big Jewish family,” explains Langert.
“Over the Shabbaton, we got to know a lot more students who are part of our extended family.”
for more on this article check out - Lubavitch.com
A weekend of
Jewish unity and pride
Great Speakers & Entertainment
February 2 - 4 2012
at Arizona State University
Shabbat Feasts, Stimulating lectures & Socials
Hundreds of Jewish Students from across Arizona
Register visit www.ArizonaShabbaton.com
Students are back in town, the excitement is in the air! U of A Chabad once again offers you the opportunity to keep kosher at U of A. Meet, greet, eat and socialize with other Jewish Wildcats in a warm atmosphere.
Delicious Dinners, Lunches with soul & the amazing BLT - Bagels, Lox & Tefillin!
By Tzvi Freeman
I'm in a bind. I like Shabbat. I like Torah -- especially theKabbalah stuff and Chassidic stories. I feel a strong attachment to the Jewish people. I'm attracted to the whole thing.
So, you'll say, what's my problem. Just do it, right?
But I can't. I can't imagine being orthodox. I mean, look at me. Look at the way I grew up, where I'm coming from, where I'm at now. Can you imagine a non-conformist like me following all the regulations of a strictly kosher, orthodox Jew?
-- Signed, Unorthodox Jew
Finally, a man of my persuasion! Unorthodox! Yes! The most descriptive term I have heard for real Judaism! The belief that nothing is the way it is supposed to be, that everything in the world has to change, that we have to be different from everybody else. This is what Jews are all about -- the recalcitrant, insurgent, revolutionary kvetchers of history -- and what could be more unorthodox than that?
Didn't Judaism begin with the paradigm of all iconoclasts? PictureAbraham smashing the idols in his father's house, defying King Nimrodand all of social norms. Picture Moses defying Pharaoh, or Rabbi Akivaand the sages defying the massive Roman Empire. Is this something you would describe as 'orthodox' behavior?
To be Jewish is to rebel. Refusing to answer the phone on Shabbat is a rebellion against technocracy. Keeping kosher is a rebellion against consumerism. Getting up early in the morning to wrap in a large, white woolen sheet, twist leather straps and boxes upon your arm and head, join others in mystical incantations and read from an ancient scroll -- is an outright rebellion against anything considered normal in modern day life.
Do you know the story of the rabbi standing out on the street looking for a tenth for his minyan? Finally, he found a Jew. But the fellow tried to turn him down, explaining, "I'm not into organized religion."
"If this were organized religion," the rabbi exclaimed, "what on earth am I doing out on the street harassing pedestrians?"
Have Jews ever been orthodox? Has there ever been a time when our views and behavior were considered normal? Pharaoh thought we were crazy because we demanded workers' rights. The Romans thought we were nuts because we wouldn't dispose of unhealthy infants. The Church thought we were perverse because we wouldn't surrender to the faith of the majority. The rationalists thought we were off-the-wall because of our mysticism and the romantics considered us obtuse for our rationalism. The United Nations resolved that Jews are weird just because we insist on existing. In the meantime, everybody ended up adopting our mindset -- yet we still remain an anomaly among peoples. There's just too much catching up for everybody else to do.
To paraphrase the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Judaism can never be called old fashioned -- because it was never in fashion to begin with.
So, whoever came up with this oxymoron, 'orthodox Judaism'?
I'll tell you: Two hundred years ago, when Emperor Napoleon decided he was the true messiah and the Jews were to be liberated, he appointed several leaders of the Jewish community to form a Sanhedrin of rabbis and scholars, just as had been in ancient times. So honored, they went about convincing their buddies to join. After all, Napoleon was the wave of the future. This was progress.
But some rabbis didn't think it was such progress. Napoleon, a messiah? And Paris is Jerusalem, right? So they declined. And for this stubborn refusal to understand just how backward and narrow-minded they were, they were labeled, "you…you…you ORTHODOX RABBIS!"
"Orthodox Shmorthdox," they replied, "but the little guy with his hand stuck in his shirt is not the messiah!"
It's something like the way hippies started calling themselves 'freaks'. Some homesteader at Woodstock looked upon these fine, young American youth and spat out that epithet in front of the cameras. So, they said, why fight it? And they called themselves freaks.
In modern-day jargon, the term "Orthodox" has come to designate those of us who don't change Torah just so it should fit in better with what everyone else is doing. In that sense, I definitely count myself among the "orthodox." But I sure don't feel orthodox. Should I?
That's another thing the Lubavitcher Rebbe said: "Labels are for shirts." Okay, there are other things that can take labels. Like Reform Temples, Conservative Synagogues, Reconstructionist Pine Groves. But the Jews that you'll find in these places have all just one label: Jews. Because "Jew" is not a behavioral term. It's an essential state of being. It's not where you're at, it's where you belong.
So if anyone should ask you to describe the three kinds of Jews today, answer as follows:
There are three types of Jews:
Jews who do mitzvahs.
Jews who do more mitzvahs.
Jews who do even more mitzvahs.
And that's about it, because a Jew can hardly breathe without doing amitzvah.
As for this issue you have with the yoke of doing this and not doing that…it doesn't really work that way. For starters, the whole system is already encoded in your DNA. It's the natural state of a Jew, for example, to do the incantation thing in the morning. That's why we're such kvetches. So that we can kvetch to Him three times a day. If we don't do it properly, we end up kvetching all day long. Once we have appointed times, we get it all out of our system and the rest of the day we can get things done.
The same with Shabbat, keeping kosher, mikvah -- all the practices Jews have ground into their souls for 3300 years. All you need to do is awaken that Jewish soul with a little deep, inner Torah, some beautiful Chassidic tales and a couple of sweet melodies, and it comes alive and does its thing. Spontaneously. With joy.
Call it "effortless Judaism." Better, don't call it anything. Except, maybe, very unorthodox.
Chabad on Campus Helps Cash-Strapped Students Purchase Tefillin Rabbi Yossi Winner with Chabad at the University of Arizona helps a Jewish student don the prayer boxes known as tefillin. (File photo) By Atara Beck, Chabad.edu
College students who have considered using the Jewish prayer boxes known as tefillin on a regular basis but were intimidated by the substantial price of the ritual items are being assisted financially through a new campaign launched by Chabad on Campus International Foundation.
Mentioned several times in the Torah, tefillin are worn by Jewish men over the age of 13, typically during weekday morning prayers. Characterized by their black boxes and attached leather straps, tefillin contain special handwritten parchments inscribed with Torah verses. Because of the special care that goes into their production, the cost for a new pair can range from $500 to more than $1,000.
But with the Chabad on Campus Tefillin Bank, students who pledge to use the boxes regularly can receive them for a reduced cost.
“Our organization provides support and services to Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries who serve on university campuses around the world,” explained Avi Weinstein, strategic initiative director for Chabad on Campus. “We’re always thinking of different ways to help. One of the things that came to our attention was that there were students who were growing on their Jewish journey and were inspired to put on tefillin on a regular basis, but they didn’t have the financial means to do so.”
The Chabad on Campus Tefillin Bank is being funded by Akiva Sussholz of Monsey, N.Y in memory of his grandmother, Sarah Sussholz of Antwerp, Belgium. Each candidate must demonstrate his commitment to using them regularly by writing an essay explaining why he is eager to fulfill this particular Torah commandment, as well as submitting a recommendation from his local campus emissary. Once accepted, the student contributes $200 and the Tefillin Bank pays the rest.
Since the launch of the campaign at the beginning of the school year, 24 students have received new tefillin with the help of the international campaign.
Although students must commit to using the boxes at least twice weekly, most have pledged to do so each weekday, said Weinstein.
Recipient David Burns, 22, a fifth-year physics student at the University of California, S. Cruz, said he was captivated by some of the Kabbalistic interpretations behind the concept of tefillin.
They demonstrate a connection “from the heart to your head and back to your hands, basically that all your actions should be both logical and done with love,” he explained. He had wanted a pair of his own “for some time now, but the cost was just too high. With this program, I was able to buy the pair I wanted at a much more reasonable price for a college student.”
Sussholz explained his motivation for subsidizing this project. While volunteering on a Chabad-sponsored Israel trip, he helped encourage students to put on tefillin. One of the young men had never been circumcised, a common phenomenon in the Russian immigrant community, and at the age of 26 he decided to undergo the procedure. Sussholz believes that the man’s decision was motivated by the spiritual connection established through the experience of praying with tefillin.
“Then another guy we gave tefillin to heard about [the circumcision] and he decided to go through with it as well,” related Sussholz.
“Many months later I met [Chabad on Campus executive vice president] Rabbi Yossy Gordon at a dinner. He told me about the amazing work he was doing, assisting emissaries to do their job at the highest performance level that they can, and we decided to make the Tefillin Bank,” he continued. “I saw a tremendous opportunity to help students to get a pair [that they can call their own].”
Sussholz effusively praised Gordon, Weinstein “and the entire Chabad on Campus staff for their work and dedication.” He is confident that the students who receive new tefillin will continue to use them “for the rest of their lives, due to the level of commitment required, and that will keep them connected to their heritage.”
“Recently, I have been helping and encouraging my Jewish housemates to use tefillin, and a few are trying to do it daily,” said Burns. “If we are able to keep this up, I will encourage them to get their own pair.”
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