7 Chabad Rabbis signed onto a letter stating, “there is no need to seek rabbinic approval prior to reporting” all forms of abuse. By COLlive reporter

http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=47360&alias=7-rabbis-permit-reporting-abuse

 

7 Chabad Rabbis signed onto a letter stating, “there is no need to seek rabbinic approval prior to reporting” all forms of abuse.
By COLlive reporter
A group of Chabad rabbis signed a proclamation addressing abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community, alluding to its effects that have resulted in multiple deaths due to drug overdoses and suicides over the past year alone in Jewish communities.
“The existence of child sexual abuse and other forms of child abuse which occurs in some of our communities, resulting in a number of tragic suicides as well as other physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual consequences,” they wrote.
The rabbis admitted that not enough was done in the past to tackle the issue. “We recognize that in light of past experiences our communities could have responded in more responsible and sensitive ways to help victims and hold perpetrators accountable.”
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Exhibit allows virtual ‘interviews’ with Holocaust survivors — National Post

NEW YORK — What was it like in a Nazi concentration camp? How did you survive? How has it affected your life since? Technology is allowing people to ask these questions and many more in virtual interviews with actual Holocaust survivors, preparing for a day when the estimated 100,000 Jews remaining from camps, ghettos or…

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A New Center for Crisis Response on Facebook — Facebook Newsroom

By Mike Nowak, Product Director, Social Good Today, we’re announcing Crisis Response, a new center on Facebook where people can find more information about recent crises and access our crisis response tools – including Safety Check, Community Help and Fundraisers to support crisis recovery – all in one place. As part of this update, we…

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World Suicide Prevention Day — Facebook NewsroomFacebook Newsroom

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MUHC board: Barrette has 20 candidate names in hand, will pick 10 — Montreal Gazette

Two months after all 10 independent members of the board of the McGill University Health Centre resigned in protest against Health Minister Gaétan Barrette’s handling of the MUHC, the minister now has a slate of new names from which to appoint to the board, the Montreal Gazette has learned. A recruitment committee submitted a list…

via MUHC board: Barrette has 20 candidate names in hand, will pick 10 — Montreal Gazette

simply bless everyone we know once, twice and again

By the Grace of G-d
23 Elul, 5777

Dear Friend,

With so much disruption and displacement felt by so many – especially most recently in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, here are some brief thoughts to consider, in addition to the charitable work we should all contribute to:

Let us turn our heads heavenward and, while thanking Him for sparing so much human life, beseech G-d to restore health and wellbeing to those who are suffering! Let us ask G-d for a Happy, Healthy and Sweet New Year for the entire universe ! Our High Holiday prayers, we are taught, have an extra…

Regardless of how we’ve been treated by others or how we’ve treated them; regardless of what we think of others’ views or what they think of ours; and irrespective of the many other modes of repentance we must each engage in now, let us each take a few minutes to simply bless everyone we know once, twice and again, in advance of the new year.

Why is this so important?

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, taught about the transformative effect the simple act of blessing one another has on our interpersonal relations, and on the entire universe. Our heartfelt blessings to each other have the power to elicit from G-d His deepest blessings to each of us individually, to all of us as one, and to the entirety of our universe. As Maimonides writes, one good deed has the potential to tip the balance of the entire world in the favor of merit and goodness!

Boy, could our world use this positive energy now. Let’s forge ahead and bring great blessing!

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We would be remiss if we didn’t elaborate on another very poignant form of blessing, the one elicited by the holy act of charity. Giving our hard-earned funds to help others – in a sense giving our very selves to the other! – brings immense blessing into our own lives and the lives of our loved ones, and helps saturate the entire world with goodness and blessing.

Blessings and charity. A blessed mix, indeed.

You can partner with Chabad.org to bring additional blessing to the world in the year to come here:

www.Chabad.org/High-Holiday-Appeal

Please join our High Holidays campaign. Donate today.

Or mail a check to:

Chabad.ORG High Holiday Appeal
770 Eastern Parkway Suite 405
Brooklyn, NY 11213

(You can contribute via Credit CardPayPalE-Check (ACH) or Bank Wire / Transfer.)

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As we approach the High Holidays, please consider remembering Chabad.ORG in your will. Your partnership has been key in developing the world’s most vibrant and effective Jewish website, helping millions discover the wisdom and life-tools of G-d’s Torah and mitzvot. Your legacy gift to Chabad.ORG will ensure quality Jewish education for generations to come.

We would be happy to work with you, your family, and/or your financial adviser to develop the most personalized strategy for your goals. Please contact us for more information.

[NOTE: This might be particularly poignant if you are committing your cash resources to support efforts to help people affected by the most recent hurricanes.]

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L’Shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu!

May you and yours be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet new year!

Sincerely,

Your friends and family at Chabad.org

Please join our High Holidays campaign. Donate today.

P.S. – For all your Rosh Hashanah needs be sure to click here.

P.P.S. – To contribute to Chabad’s Hurricane Relief Fundclick here.

PLEASE NOTE: In observance of the holy Shabbat, the Chabad.org donation page is disabled from Friday, September 15, 6:45 PM EST through Saturday, 7:45 PM EST.

Israel PM bars Al-Jazeera journalist from free press seminar — National Post

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally intervened to bar an Al-Jazeera journalist from a government conference on press freedoms that uses the pan-Arab broadcaster as a case study. Bureau chief Walid Omary’s exclusion from attending a seminar titled “Limits of free expression: the dilemma between national security and freedom of the press…

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