Judaism 101

Know an Aleph, Teach an Aleph

4 weeks ago hkaplun 0
As a CTeener, I’m sure that you’ve heard countless of stories about the Rebbe and his teachings; a Shabbat D’var Torah is barely complete without mentioning the Rebbe. Personally, I love hearing stories about people going to the Rebbe for guidance or a blessing; his answers, and his ability to know exactly what to say, Read More

Let’s Celebrate Jewish Pride

1 month ago Leighest 0
By Sara Serfaty//M. Viejo, CA When it comes to Israel, from the war back in 2014—Operation Protective Edge—to the riots in Gaza now, the presence of media hypnotizes readers into believing lies. Today, I did a presentation at my CTeen chapter, CTeen Mission Viejo, about why it is important to support Israel. During the beginning Read More

10 Shabbaton Lessons to Remember for Life

3 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
Last week, I participated in my final International Shabbaton as a CTeener. My favorite part of each Shabbaton has always been the Shabbat lectures, which include intimate, enriching, and spiritual discussions with rabbis and rebbetzins from across the nation. This year, in order to ensure that I made the most of my last Shabbaton, I Read More

The Mitzvah of Tzniut

4 months ago Leighest 0
Sarelle Franco/ Los Alamitos, California I definitely stand out in a crowd. As the representative of the Jewish nation in my school, I dress modestly, wearing skirts and shirts past my elbow. It’s a challenge, but it’s one that I enjoy doing. You may ask, how did I, a student in public school, make the Read More

My Life Before and After the Shabbaton

4 months ago Sarah Hinkediker 0
Last year, I attended my first CTeen International NYC Shabbaton with my chapter, CTeen Panama. The trip really made a huge impact on my life, from the way I act to the way I dress. I have to admit, at first, I was skeptical about attending the trip since I had never really gone on Read More

“I Tried It!” – Modeh Ani

4 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
For two weeks, I said Modeh Ani, one of the most important Jewish prayers, before I began each day. And G-d proved to me, yet again, that everything happens for reason. I began my goal with the intent that, by thanking G-d as soon as I woke up, I would train myself into appreciating each Read More

Sukkot and the Unfinished World

8 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
On Thursday night, the second day of Sukkot, my family and I gathered under the roof of our rabbi’s holy sukkah. When we walked inside, however, plump water droplets plopped from the palms. We looked down at the table cloths, napkins, cups, and plates; they were all soaked by the Floridian rain. Astonished, people shuffled Read More

Back to School: Maintaining Your Jewish Identity

9 months ago Hannah Butcher 0
It’s that time of the year again; new schedules are placed in our hands, our backpacks are strapped on tight, and our pencils are freshly sharpened. That’s right: it’s time to go back to school. As with any time of the year, Jewish identity is of utmost importance. “I’m a Jew and I’m proud / Read More

My Journey to Judaism

9 months ago Leighest 0
Olivia Rubinsky, Palm Springs, CA   This article is an excerpt of a speech that I wrote for the JLI Retreat in Palm Springs. My name is Olivia Rubinsky; I’m 15 years old. I am part of an organization called CTeen, which stands for Chabad Teen Network. Since I joined, I feel that my Jewish Read More

Parshat Va’etchanan

10 months ago Sarah Hinkediker 0
In this week’s parsha, Moses tells Am Israel (the people of Israel) how he begged Hashem to allow him to enter the Land of Israel. Hashem refused to let Moses enter, and instead told him to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land from there. The reason that Hashem did not let Moses enter the Promised Land Read More
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