Obama cites Lubavitcher rebbe in proclamation


President Obama underlined the accomplishments of the late Lubavitcher rebbe in his proclamation of Education and Sharing Day.

In Tuesday’s proclamation, Obama highlighted the teachings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and said that Schneerson embodied a “humanitarian spirit.”

“As a tireless advocate for youth around the world, he inspired millions to lift the cause of education, to practice kindness and generosity, and to aspire toward their highest ideals,” Obama said in the proclamation. “His enduring legacy lives on in those he touched, and today, we resolve to carry forward his dedication to service and scholarship.”

In addition, Obama reiterated the importance of pursuing knowledge and cultivating character that has enriched American progress.

“In a global economy where more than half of new jobs will demand higher education or advanced training, we must do everything we can to equip our children with the tools for success,” the president said. “Our nation’s prosperity grows with theirs, and by ensuring every child has access to a world-class education, we reach for a brighter future for all Americans.”

Jon Huntsman visits the Lubavitcher rebbe’s gravesite


Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman visited the New York gravesite of the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, visited the Queens gravesite of the late leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement last week. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Kaye, and a number of movement luminaries, including Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, the chairman of Chabad’s educational and social services network, and Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the director of its Washington office.

Huntsman was friendly with Chabad’s outreach effort in Utah when he governed the state from 2005 to 2009.

Most recently the U.S. envoy to China, Huntsman is among the lowest polling in a field of about 10 candidates for the GOP nod, but has carved a niche for himself as a relative moderate on foreign policy and social issues.