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From Vienna to Birobidzhan, menorah’s glow to shine worldwide in private homes and public squares
One night in early November, Vienna exploded with the sharp cracks of automatic gunfire. An Islamist terrorist had struck the Austrian capital. By the time police neutralized him, he had murdered four and injured 23, leaving the cobblestone streets of old...
A conversation with the famed jurist, who addressed the virtual Kinus Hashluchim
When Nathan Lewin addressed the virtual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim) as its keynote on Sunday afternoon, there was no need for an introduction. Over the past half-century, Lewin has made a name for himself as ...
Appointment comes amid growth of Jewish life and six years of serving as only rabbi in UAE
Each new day seems to bring with it historic good news from the Middle East. August’s surprise announcement of the United States-brokered Abraham Accords Peace Agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel was followed a month later by a similar a...
The first mitzvah campaign to bring Judaism to the individual, wherever he or she was
For as long as anyone can remember, the symbol of the High Holidays has been the shofar, the ancient curved instrument used to inaugurate the Jewish New Year. The shofar, most often hewn out of a ram’s horn—although it can be made out of the horns of most...
Rabbi Mendel Cohen has quietly devoted himself to people in trouble
Rabbi Mendel Cohen was not looking to be a hero when he and his wife, Ester, established Chabad-Lubavitch of Mariupol. But as he battles COVID-19 in an Israeli hospital bed, it’s clear to me that he is one and has been for many years now. There was nothin...
Unassuming New York diamond-cutter lived a momentous but unsung life
Deeply embedded within the biography of Lubavitcher Chassidim in the 20th century is the story of the Great Escape from the Soviet Union. Just after World War II, from early mid-1946 until New Year’s Day 1947, more than 1,000 Lubavitcher men, women and ch...
U.S. Commission lauds Kazakhstan government for recognizing Rabbi Levi Yitzchak’s legacy
As the world marked the 76th anniversary of passing, or yahrtzeit, of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, representatives of the governments of the United States and the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan gathered at the rabbi’s resting place to formally de...
An unexpected find reveals another story of Soviet oppression
In Eastern Europe, there is a truth that lurks just beneath the surface. Beyond the glitz of new developments and predating the drab grayness of Soviet-era construction lie remnants of a lost Jewish world and its inhabitants. Synagogues, yeshivahs, Jewish...
Congressman famed for strong consensus-building and peaceful dialogue
Congressman John Lewis was a man who sought what was right, just and moral. Born the son of poor black sharecroppers in 1940 in rural Alabama, it was this pursuit of G‑dly values that saw him write to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., asking to join him in the ...
A model of joyful Jewish life, faith and authentic brotherly love
Avraham Aharon Rubashkin was from Nevel—that legendary Chassidic White Russian town—just like his parents and their parents before them. It was as a boy in Nevel that, in 1938, the Soviets forcibly closed down his cheder. From there he fled, together with...
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