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In 1948, almost nobody in L.A. knew about shmurah matzah; now everybody wants it
Second in a two-part series about about the dramatic growth in the use of handmade shmurah matzah in the last 60 years. It’s safe to say that when the pious-looking Rabbi Shmuel Dovid Raichik came to Los Angeles in 1948, there weren’t many people there wh...
Traditional shmurah matzah was still a rarity in post-World War II New York
First in a two-part series about the dramatic growth in the use of handmade shmurah matzah in the last 60 years. There’s nothing more pleasant on a cold New York winter’s day than the smell of freshly baking matzah wafting up the street. Outside the Lubav...
A rarity in the 1950s has become a national food trend
Passover is around the corner, and handmade shmurah matzah is starting to pop up on supermarket shelves. Before long, it’ll be everywhere—from Costco to the White House. Demand for the traditional, round matzah has grown at a rapid rate in the last 60 yea...
Israeli premier recalls an indelible impression during first-ever state visit
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday to begin a four-day visit to the country, a historic first for a sitting Israeli prime minister. Among his initial stops on day one of the trip was Sydney’s Central Synagogue, led by Chabad-Lub...
‘Nobody here wants this war’: Life goes on in Mariupol, despite daily missile barrages
They hear Grad missiles when they walk to synagogue on Shabbat, at a Torah class, during a youth club meeting. At night, when they put their children to bed, tucking them in and saying everything will be alright, they hear heavy artillery then, too. For t...
Esther Wilhelm, who has called Zhitomir home since 1994, will speak at the annual women’s Kinus
On the Jewish landscape, Zhitomir, Ukraine, was once a big city. It had synagogues, Talmud Torahs, yeshivahs and the largest Jewish population in the heavily Jewish Volhynia region. From 1847-1862, Zhitomir’s Jewish printing press was one of only two allo...
‘Early Years’ comprises 550 pages of insight-producing documents and photographs
One hundred and fourteen years ago, a government rabbi at the office of Nikolayev’s Jewish community opened the purple-covered Registration Book of Jewish Births of 1902-03 (5662-63) and filled out the second entry box on the page: Dates of Birth and Circ...
How Atara Ciechanover spearheaded the design and creation of the world’s most visible menorah
The gleaming two-ton Chabad-Lubavitch menorah on the corner of Manhattan’s storied crossroads at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street—one of the busiest and most affluent thoroughfares on the planet—has long been an inseparable part of life in New York. Throughou...
Chabad emissaries entered a world of repressed Judaism that they worked relentlessly to help lift over time
This is the third story in a series of articles on Jewish life in the former Soviet Union in the 25th year since the formal dissolution of the USSR on Dec. 26, 1991. Twenty-five years ago this month, on Dec. 25, 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. A r...
Fifty years later, rabbis talk of freedom amidst persecution during their youth
For more than 200 years in Chabad-Lubavitch communities around the world—in the best of circumstances and the worst—these early winter days have been dedicated to preparing for the Chassidic holiday of Yud Tes Kislev, the 19th day of the Hebrew month of K...
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