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For Chabad Chassidim, there is a centuries-old connection and no second choice
By now, Calabria’s delicate citron trees should be straining under the weight of heavy green fruit, ready to be harvested. The Cedro della Riviera dei Cedri, or Calabria citron, grows nowhere else in the world but a portion of this southern coastal region...
With an eye to the future, Yuli Edelstein relives his story of religious persecution in Russia
When Yuli Edelstein was arrested in Moscow on Sept. 4, 1984, the KGB searched his family’s apartment, discovering Hebrew books and a small container holding what they claimed were drugs. Taken to an area police station for processing, Edelstein, today the...
Amid rising anti-Semitism, conference focuses on small and isolated Jewish communities
The city of Girona, Spain—once home to a storied and flourishing Jewish community before being wiped out in the 15th century—played host this week to rabbis from 23 countries, most with small and isolated Jewish communities similar to Spain itself—highlig...
In the face of dire predictions, the Rebbe’s message of hope spreads quickly
“We shall not enter Palestine with its soil covered in sand, we shall enter it with its soil saturated in blood,” threatened Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser on May 8, 1967. Only 22 years after the Holocaust, the world remained silent as Israel’s Ara...
An overwhelming response to a worldwide call by the Rebbe in 1967 has lasted a half-century
It was the morning of June 7, 1967, the third day of the Six-Day War. After a long night of battle on the streets of Jerusalem, an eerie quiet enveloped the ancient city. With fresh orders to take the Old City, Israeli paratroopers blew open the great woo...
Encountering Jewish life at the resting place of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev, defender of his people
BERDICHEV, Ukraine—The hulking gravestones in Berdichev’s old Jewish cemetery are unlike those found anywhere else. Chiseled as if by an ancient shoemaker, the stones were long ago nicknamed valenki for their resemblance to the traditional Russian felt wi...
Gene Kule was a garment-industry legend who saw a kindred spirit in a young Chabad rabbi
If you’re familiar with bell bottoms, then you’ve crossed paths one way or the other with Eugene “Gene” Kule, the garment-industry visionary who introduced them to the American market and defined an era. Kule, an exuberant Brooklyn-born clothing businessm...
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...
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