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Why the Round Menorah?

In 1982 the Rebbe stated that the round Menorah is NOT the real shape of the original Menorah * Furthermore, round branched Menorahs represent the dominance of Golus over Jews * So why the round Menorah?

Contradictory Reports
There are many conflicting reports regarding the wherabouts of the Mombai Shluchim. The Indian newspaper "Economic Times" is reporting that the worst has happened to Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, and his wife Rivka. The newspaper is considered credible by most, but we hope that the information is erroneous. In a phone conversation with a family member, he denied the reports, "there are all sorts of rumors circulating, if there's news the family would be the first to know" he informed Chabad.info. We have so far been unable to confirm the story, as there is no other source for this report.
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Parents of Rabbi Holtzberg head to Isreal
Earlier today, Chabad.info reported that the parents of Rivka Holtzberg, Rabbi Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg boarded a flight to India along with a team of ZAKA members. Now, Crown Heights residents Nachman and Freida Holtzberg, parents of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg boarded a 6:00PM flight to Israel in hope of meeting their son Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg held captive in Mumbai. "They are very confused," a family member told Chabad.info "Things were getting better and then someone has called from Israel that 'it's a goner', but you never know..."
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Hero nanny speaks to press
Sandra Samuel, the nanny of the toddler of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, told an Israeli news channel in a brief interview earlier today 'In the evening his mother always puts him to sleep, now he doesn't understand what's going on,'. Regarding the Shluchim, the nanny said that when she was running out of the building she saw them "alive, but unconscious". The Shliach and his wife are still trapped in the Chabad House, authorities fear for their lives.
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Terrorist calls TV Station
The news room which received the phone call
According to a press release from Indian TV one of the terrorists made a call from a Cell phone which belongs to Rabbi Holtzberg. The call was from a terrorist who calls himself Imran Babar, made from the Chabad House in Mumbai, where he used the cellphone no. 9819464530 belonging to Rabbi Holtzberg.

Complete phone conversation in "Full Article". 
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Sydney Prays for Mombai Shluchim
The Yeshiva Centre of NSW, Australia has had an extremely active day! First there was celebrated the Bris of the Menachem Mendel son of Rabbi Yaakov Richter, Teacher at Cheder Chabad, Sydney. Rabbi Pinchus Hacohen Feldman, Shliach of the Rebbe to NSW, who served as the Sandek, used the opportunity of this auspicious gathering, which is graced by the presence of Eliyahu Hanavi, to ask of the assembled to join him in prayer and blessing that Moshiach come now, and that Jews worldwide have all their needs met, materially and spiritually, and first and foremost our brethren in Mombai India, and especially the Rebbe's Shliach and Shlucha and their children be saved!
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Crown Heights On Alert
The NYPD is not taking chances. In light of the hostage crisis in Mombai, the NYPD has taken measures to secure Jewish centers around the city, one of these being 770. Several Police officers have been stationed at the entrance to 770, and K-9 units were seen in the area earlier today. Police commissioner Ray Kelly also stopped at 770 to oversee the security measures. Inside 770, the Temimim are learning with added fervor, for the sake of the Shluchim in Mombai, and many Minyanim were seen reciting extra tehillim. Many reporters came to 770 throughout the day to interview Lubavitchers.
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Jews across the globe unite in prayer
Jews around the globe joined in prayer today for the well being of the hostages at the Chabad House in Mumbai, India. Hundreds of thousands of emails, blogs and facebook messages were sent requesting that everyone recite Tehillim. Anash of Chicago have initiated a campaign which calls on every man to convince at least one man to commit to putting on tefillin every day, and girls over three to commit to lighting shabbos candles every week. What have you done so far?
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Prayers at the kosel
A group of Lubavitcher Chassidim are now saying Tehillim at the Kotel in Jerusalem for the safety of Mumbai Shliach Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg, his wife Rivka and the others which are being held captive in the Chabad House. Amongst the congregants: Shliach to Austria Rabbi Yaakov Biderman, Miami Shliach Rabbi Menachem Heiruti, and Rabbi Lieder Shliach to Melbourne Australia.

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Al-Qaida behind the Mumbai terror attacks?
According to prior intelligence, the little known terror organization Deccan Mujahideen is behind the orchestrated string of terror attacks in the financial hub of Mumbai Wednesday evening, which left at least 125 people dead and hundreds wounded. However, India's security officials believe that the Deccan Mujahideen is actually a front for the veteran extremist Muslim organization Lashkar a-Tayeb (Army of believers). Lashkar a-Tayeb was founded in 1989 by the Pakistani security service and was outlawed in 2003 by then Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf outlawed the group, in response to pressure from the U.S. and India.
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Chabad House under Seige ● Gallery
Enter "Full Article' to view photos of the hostage crisis at Chabad of Mombai. The photos Police commandoes stationed around the Chabad House and other related images.
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Urgent Message
Urgent message from Chabad of India: Anyone that speaks Indian languages: Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, should please contact mseligson@chabad.org  ASAP!
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Shliach from New Delhi to coordinate efforts
Rabbi Kupchik reciting tehillim with a group of Israeli tourists
Rabbi Shneur Kupchik, Shliach of the Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach at the central chabad center in New Delhi, boarded a flight to Mombai earlier today. Rabbi Kupchik will be coordinating the arrival of the Shluchim's parents as well as a team sent by ZAKA. Until the arrival of the Israeli contingent on Friday, he will be running a sitation room to coordinate contacts with the Israeli government as well as triarge for injured Israelis. Chabad.info has been informed that chabad representatives in New Delhi are continuing efforts to contact Israeli tourists all over India to have them contact their families in Israel.
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'I grabbed the baby and ran out'
The story of Moshe Tzvi's heroic rescue:  Twelve hours after gunmen stormed the Chabad House, Sandra Samuel heard the cries of a small child outside the room in which she had barricaded herself. She opened the door, grabbed a two-year-old old boy and ran outside with another center worker. They are the only ones to have emerged from the Chabad House. "I took the child, I just grabbed the baby and ran out," said Samuel, 44, who has worked as a cook for the center for the last five years.
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Shlucha's parents head for India
Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and his wife Yehudit, parents of Mumbai's Rivka Holtzberg, left for India along with members of the Zaka organization. Earlier, Mrs. Rosenberg spoke with the Israeli press about this difficult time. Complete interview in "Full Article".
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Hostage Crisis Update
National Security Guard commandoes secure an area near the Chabad House
November 27, 2008, 2:30 PM: A report quoting state officials in Mumbai confirms the release of eight hostages from the Chabad House on the second night of Mumbai's seizure by Islamist terrorists. According to a statement released moments ago from Chabad spokesman in Israel, unfortunately, the statement from Mumbai sources that the Chabad hostages have been freed is not based on fact. We continue praying to merit seeing Rabbi Holtzberg, his family, and the other yidden in good health. Chabad.info will continue to report on this developing story. More updates in "Full Article".
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Postville relief effort under way ● Gallery
Over the course of the past several days, Crown Heights residents were seen loading a truck full of food and household products to be shipped to postville Iowa. This shipment was made possible in part due to a grant from the Nagel family. Many kosher food companies have donated large quantities of provisions, including Gefen and Kedem. As reported previously on Chabad.info, concerned members of the Crown Heights community have launched a humanitarian aid project to reach out to the 150 large Jewish families that are struggling to put food on their tables.
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Rubashkin pleads not guilty
Agriprocessors' former CEO Sholom Rubashkin pleaded not guilty today in U.S. District Court to 12-counts involving illegal immigrants, identity theft and bank fraud. Rubashkin, 49, of Postville, was charged with two additional charges in this second superseding indictment of harboring undocumented aliens for profit and conspiracy to commit document fraud. He was previously charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit, aiding and abetting document fraud, six counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft and two counts of bank fraud. Several family members attended the hearing. The U.S. Marshal's warned the members after the hearing that contact was prohibited. Rubashkin greeted them with a big smile and some told him "We'll see you soon."
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Hostages held in Chabad House
Police commandoes are trying to retake the Chabad House and have managed to kill one of the terrorists inside. There are a total of four terrorists inside the house. The condition of the hostages is still unknown. TV reports showed live footage a small child of 2 years old and a woman who where rushed out by police of the house into a waiting ambulance. The Shliach, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, and his wife Rivka have not yet been located. Complete details in "Full Article". Chabad.info will continue to report on this developing story.
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Fire at the Bardichiv Shul in Monsey
The Bardichiver Shul building on Rita Avenue, which hosted K'hal Tzemach Tzedek - the Chabad Shul in Monsey, after its own fire, had a fire yesterday. Boruch Hashem there were no injuries. The blaze began at 11:30am at the Shull, the fire department quickly controlled the flames, no word on how the fire started.
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Rare photos of Rabbi Matusof ● Special
Tomorrow, Thursday the 29th of Cheshvan will mark the first Yartzeit of Rabbi Shloimeh Matusof A"H, who headed out on Shlichus to Morocco in the year 5710, and merited returning his soul to the creator during the Kinus Hashluchim, last year. A Yartzeit event will be held on Rosh Chodesh Kislev at 7:30 in the evening, at the hall of Lubavitcher Yeshiva on Crown St. with the attendance of Rabbonim, Shluchim, Mashpiyim as well as friends and students of Rabbi Matusof A"H  In honor of the Yartzeit, Chabad.info presents a never-seen-before photo gallery depicting scenes of Rabbi Matusof's life on Shlichus.
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Mishpacha Magazine: 1 Family, 12 TimeZones
With seventeen children scattered across a dozen time zones, the famous Greenberg family is a global phenomenon, bringing Torah and mitzvos to Jews at the furthest corners of the earth including Alaska and China, Vancouver and El Paso, Odessa and Germany, Paris and Rehovot, to mention a few of the cities they call home. Mishpacha speaks to the Greenbergs about their upbringing, the unusual people and places theyve seen, and the clever ways theyve devised to retain a strong sense of family togetherness.
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150 Attend OK Conference
On Monday, 26 Cheshva the 10th Annual OK Mashgiach Conference was held in Brooklyn, NY. 150 rabbis packed the Beis Eliezer Yitzchok shul on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights for the event. The rabbis came from all over the world, from dozens of cities across the US and as far as the Far East, Israel and Australia. The conference began with remarks by the founder of OK, Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, who welcomed the crowd and discussed the responsibilities of a Kashrus Administrator of OK Kosher Certification. Each participant received the newly printed Chassidus Mevueres on Tanya.
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2 Israeli drug offenders sentenced to death
Archive Photo: Rabbi Wilhelm in action
Two Israelis convicted of drug trafficking were sentenced to death Tuesday by a Thai court. The two men plan to appeal the sentence. The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem confirmed the report. The two Israelis, 34-year-old Vladimir Akronik and 37-year-old Alon Mahluf, were detained in the vicinity of Bangkok's Kao San Road in possession of 23,000 ecstasy pills about a year ago. The Chabad emissary in Thailand who has been in contact with the prisoners, said the verdict came as a shock, because at the trial, two months ago, the prosecution's case had seemed weak.
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World's largest Dreidel
The largest Chanukah Dreidel in the world stands proudly in front of the Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, generating stares and proud smiles from passers-by. The Dreidel has become a local landmark during the holiday season, rising over 18 feet above the busy intersection. Now in its 12th year, the Dreidel kindles a strong community spirit and ignites Jewish pride during this celebration of light's victory over darkness.
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New on the web ● The 'Smicha in Cali' Blog
The new yeshiva which was recently opened in Los Angeles is off to a great start, with students quickly progressing in their studies, even this early in the year. The new yeshiva aims to fill the growing gap of Lubavitcher Bochurim who find it difficult spending an entire day learning but are still enthusiastic about growing in their chassidishkeit, and have a strong desire to be involved in shlichus work.

The program, directed by Rabbi Mendel Gottlieb now has twenty students. students study part day and do mivtzoim in the surrounding areas, in cooperation with the local Shluchim the other part of day. Students at the yeshiva have posted a blog which is frequently updated with pictures, news articles, and more.  Click Here to check it out.
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History made in New Jersey
Crowd of Chabad supporters and friends at foot of giant crane before the demolition begins
It was an event which saw the mergence of opposites, on the one hand it was a moment which carried incredible historical weight, but at the same time, it was held in modest fashion ● This milestone moment began a process which will change the lives of hundreds of Jewish students who attend Rutgers University each year ● The event was the demolition ceremony at the area which will soon be part of the largest Chabad Center in the world.
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Shleimus Ha'aretz Talk Show Update
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By Tamar Adelstein, host and coordinator of Crown Hts. Women for the Safety and Integrity of Israel.
 
We are pleased to report that the first Tznius and Shleimus HaAretz event held on Sunday, November 16th, in Crown Heights in solidarity with Mrs. Elisheva Federman from Hevron was quite inspiring and has already prompted other groups of women to request both similar programs for their block shiur as well as calls for a larger community-wide gathering.
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New on the web: JewishBookWarehouse.com
A new unique website, with thousands of Jewish books in many different categories, has gone online. The books are separated by the issues they cover and by the period of the Jewish nation in which they were written (with explanations about each period).  Plus, if you like a particular Rabbi and his books are separated among the categories, an easy click on the Rabbis name will show you all his books, a picture, and points from his life. How many books appear under the Rebbe? More than any other Rabbi! Check it out for yourself.

www.JewishBookWarehouse.com
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Unrest following accident
The Shmira hotline rang at 8:30 PM, Monday night, and the voice of a frantic young man was heard on the line. Apparently there was some civil unrest following an accident on Empire and Troy. Multiple Shmira units responded to the call. Upon arrival it became clear that a GMC driven by a Shliach from Staten Island collided with a Volvo sedan which according to witness reports had driven through the red light. Hatzalah was immediately called and after arrived at the scene mere moments later they transported several injured patients to the hospital.

That's when the unrest began... As the Shliach's son was speaking to the police to make a accident report and inquired as to where they are sending the damaged car, the police rudely shouted "we can do what ever we want", soon an argument erupted, and dozens of bystanders crowded the scene.
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A 20th century pogrom
After former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was arrested earlier this month, Rashi Raices joined several dozen members of this town's Jewish community in volunteering the equity on their homes to guarantee his return to face trial. All told, they were willing to put up the equivalent of about $2 million, according to the judge in the case. The court also received 275 letters from around the world testifying to Rubashkins character. Rubashkin stands accused of a host of crimes stemming from his stewardship of the Agriprocessors meat packing plant in Postville.
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Mazel Tov to Mendel & Devorah Leah (nee Weingarten) Stein Southfield, MI, on the birth of their firstborn daughter!

Mazal Tov to Yossi & Rivka (nee Levin) Roth, Los Angeles, CA, on the birth of a Baby boy!    (1 wishes)

Mazal Tov to Shmuly Shneur, Montreal, Canada to Leba Chanowitz, Monticello, NY on their engagement!

Mazal Tov to Brendan Rothschild (Melbourne, Australia) and Freda Werdiger (Melbourne, Australia) on their engagement!

Mazel Tov to Shui & Mimi Lewis, Crown Heights, on the birth of a daughter!

Mazel Tov to Zvi & Chaya'le Hershcovich, Montreal, Canada, on the birth of a daughter!

Mazel Tov to Michoel & Sheina Rosenthal, Marseille, France, on the birth of their firstborn daughter!   (1 wishes)

Mazel Tov to Ari & Yehudis Cattan, Boca Raton, FL, on the birth of a son!

Mazal Tov to Ariel Mangami (Rechovot, Israel) and Shternie Cohen (Monsey, NY) on their engagement!

Mazal Tov to Ariel and Ilana Steinherz, Crown Heights, on the birth of a baby girl!

Mazel Tov to Meyer Simcha & Chani Abramowitz, New Haven, CT, on the birth of a son!

Mazel Tov to Moshe & Nechama Dina Leeds, Gilbert AZ, on the birth of a son!

Mazal Tov to Itzik and Chanie (Avtzon) Wolf from CH, on the birth of their firstborn baby boy!

Mazal Tov to Rafi Mogilevsky, Toronto, Cananda to Yonit Raphaely, South Africa!   (1 wishes)

Mazal Tov to Shimon and Sara (nee Nelson) Shain, S. Diego, CA, on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazel Tov to Yossi & Rivkie Horowitz, Crown Heights, on the birth of a son

Mazel Tov to Benny & Taphara Goldstock, Crown Heights, on the birth of a son!

Mazal Tov to Avremi Orimland, Tzfas, Israel and Rochie Chayo, Crown Heights upon their engagement!