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Wednesday, 17 Shevat, 5783
  |  February 8, 2023

My Friend and I Chased a Burglar – To No Avail

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From the COLlive inbox: “Last week, a friend and I chased a burglar around Crown Heights, we had Shomrim on his case, but at the last second he ran onto “base” where we wouldn’t be safe to follow him.” Full Story

Fed Up with the Compliments on My Look

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From the COLlive inbox: I've been recently getting compliments for losing a lot of weight and questions about how it did it. Here's why I find them unsettling and hope that people stop making them. Full Story

About Those ‘Shidduch Reference’ Calls

Op-Ed by Rabbi Gershon Avtzon: It's time to talk about (an often unspoken) part of the shidduch process: The reference phone calls. It is an integral part of the process, as many shidduchim are made or dropped based on these phone calls. Full Story

Was The Money Well Spent?

Op-Ed by Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz: "There was definitely lots of gelt poured into this event...There are many worthy causes and our money should be spent on what matters." Full Story

‘Simchas Torah Shat Nisht’

Op-Ed: “There was some banter, maybe a bit of stumbling, and the next morning there was definitely a headache, but it was all part of the fun. It was good-natured, comical, and special. It was Simchas Torah!” Full Story

COLlive.com’s Top Stories of 5782

The 20 most-read articles on COLlive.com of 5782: The imposter chosson, the Maryland wedding, the Abu Dhabi wedding, Netflix co-founder's Bar Mitzvah, a viral Subway video, unity at 770, an anti-vaxx panel, an encounter in Hawaii, and the Manalapan restaurant bust. Full Story

Oh No, I’m Almost Thirteen

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From the COLlive inbox: “This past summer, I was a staff member in a mainstream Chabad overnight camp and I noticed something about the boys who will soon be turning Bar Mitzvah - and this issue needs to be discussed.” Full Story

What My Son Needed Right Before Camp Last Year

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From the COLlive inbox: "Last year, as I kissed my son goodbye on the bus to overnight summer camp and bid farewell, he looked at me and asked me for something specific. I hope it can be regulated this year." Full Story

Only 3 Envelopes and 2 WhatsApp Messages

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From the COLlive inbox: "This week I concluded my 6th year of teaching and it had been a great year. Both students and the parents were very happy. On the last day of school, I received..." Full Story

Please Welcome Back the Shluchim To…

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From the COLlive inbox: "It isn't an anomaly anymore to see a family who was on Shlichus join a Lubavitch community as regular members. This drastic change in their lives is painful. Here's how to support them." Full Story

The Number One Thing a Bochur Needs

From the COLlive inbox: An exchange between my brother-in-law and a Rosh Yeshiva at a Thursday night farbrengen made me realize a recurring theme that has surfaced for me and many fellow bochurim. Full Story

“There’s No Such Thing as a Trusted Adult”?

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From the COLlive inbox: "Several days ago, I received a phone call from a close nephew of mine who is a good Yeshiva bochur. I was surprised that he was calling. But when I heard the panicked fear in his voice, my social worker's antennas went up." Full Story

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