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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.
Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneersohn’s manifesto against self-righteousness in interpersonal discourse
Introduction: A Teaching to Purify the Air There’s an old joke about a Jew marooned on an island. When finally picked up by a passing ship the rescuers are bemused to find that the otherwise desolate island has no less than three synagogues. The marooned ...
Archival videos contextualize creative readings of Holocaust-era journal
“The life of a tzaddik,” wrote Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, “is not physical but spiritual,” consisting of “faith, awe and love” of G‑d. Accordingly, the passing of a tzaddik—a righteous person or holy man—from earthly life should correctly be viewed as...
Treading the Path of Redemption, Unveiling the Face of Effacement
This hemshekh is a broad reexamination of the path that leads from the exodus of the Jews from Egypt to the ultimate redemption to be achieved in the messianic future.
Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch and the Russian Revolution
In the face of tyranny and upheaval, Judaism’s future always remained the Rebbe's foremost concern.
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.
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