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Eli Rubin studied Chassidic literature and Jewish Law at the Rabbinical College of America and at Yeshivot in the UK, the US and Australia. He has been a research writer and editor at Chabad.org since 2011, focusing on the social and intellectual history of Chabad Chassidism. Through his writing, research, and editorial work he has successfully participated in a range of scholarly interchanges and collaborative endeavors.
Don’t let these special days and their messages pass you by!
The cycle of the Jewish year has many starting points, and many periods of celebration. As the Mishnah noted long ago, there is not one Rosh Hashanah, but four: there are different calendrical cycles for different kinds of things. In this vein, the Rebbe ...
Uniquely erudite, he was an instructor and personal mentor to yeshivah students for 50 years
Rabbi Elimelech Zweibel, the lead instructor in Chassidic thought and practice (mashpi’ah roshi) at Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in Morristown, N.J., for the past 50 years, passed away suddenly on Nov. 20, the 19th of Cheshvan. He was 75 years old. O...
Give your own High Holiday experience a boost with these powerful photos
The images in this listicle are from a beautiful new book published by Jewish Educational Media (JEM). Tishrei in Lubavitch includes well over a hundred photos, taken between 1979 and 1984. Each opens a powerful window of discovery into what it was like t...
On the "hard" problem of consciousness, Hasidic panpsychism, and the transformation of the abject into the exalted
Intertextuality, Intersociality, and the Cosmos - Examples of the Tzemach Tzedek’s Way in the Development of Chabad Chassidic Thought
INTRODUCTION A current exhibition at the central Chabad library in New York showcases the prolific literary output of the third rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn (1789-1866, popularly known by the title of his published responsa...
The role of G-d in our social interactions
Chassidism and Society
Rather than thinking of the religious and social as belonging to two distinct realms, chassidism posits a more complex interrelational model that encompasses the entire cosmos, and in which G-d too is a responsive participant.
The reshimu, the kav, and the concretization of creativity
Caught between the illuminating flashes of the already discovered and the challenging abyss of all that remains unknown, is it revelation or concealment that more authenticly represents the truth of ultimate reality?
Diachronic perspectives on the leadership and oral teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
A new anthology sheds new light on the historical development of his leadership, the crystallization of his ideology, and the impact of Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin and Rabbi Avraham of Kalisk on the emergence of Chabad.
The chassidic concept of tzimtzum and its applications in our service of G-d
Making Space
A discussion of the notion of reciprocal love to G-d as developed in Tanya, chapters 46-49, and the centrality of the non-literal interpretation of tzimtzum (“contraction”), as discussed in chapter 48. To create space for the other is not to absent yourse...
How Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi discovered a new way to serve G-d
A teaching about the dream of Joseph, invoking the Kabbalistic narrative of the shattered vessels, and using gender to recast the tzaddik's role in the universal hierarchy of the cosmos—with which R. Schneur Zalman’s chassidic path began.
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