I am writing this article on an airplane as I fly back home from New York where I attended the International Conference of Chabad Rabbis. It was a truly inspiring experience being with 4,000 colleagues, Chabad shluchim (emissaries) posted around the globe, who dedicate their lives to spreading light, Judaism and kindness to all they encounter.
What stood out for me during this conference is the readiness and enthusiasm of Chabad shluchim to be there to help another human being in times of need. During terror attacks around the world this past year in St. Petersburg, Manchester, Barcelona or Israel, Chabad rabbis were providing help to the victims, their families and first responders. During the wildfire crisis in California, the hurricanes in Texas, St. Martin and Puerto Rico, the rabbis were at the forefront of relief efforts to help locals and tourists, Jews and non-Jews alike. [Read more…]