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Q&A with the volume’s author, Dr. Aryeh Solomon
The 11th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, corresponding this year to Sunday, April 5, marks the birth of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. In recognition of the Rebbe’s foundational contributions to education and to emphasize t...
Rabbi Yosef Marcus and Rabbi Eli Block discuss their new work
As the Jewish world prepares to celebrate Purim on Monday night, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10 (one day later in Jerusalem), a new edition of the Megillah (The Scroll of Esther) offers a comprehensive new look at the Purim story, including fascinating in...
Her interviews with the Rebbe were deeply influential on Israeli society
Geulah Cohen, a leading Israeli activist and political leader who fought for independence as a member of the Jewish underground during the final years of the British Mandate, and became a mainstay of Israel’s ideological right—first as a journalist and th...
Historian Avraham Rosen discusses his groundbreaking new book that holds relevance for all
In “The Holocaust’s Jewish Calendars,” historian Avraham (Alan) Rosen presents a groundbreaking and richly illustrated exposition on the Jewish concept of time by examining handwritten, typed and printed calendars that Jewish men and women created during ...
He founded yeshivahs in Pittsburgh; New Haven, Conn.; and the Bronx
Rabbi Mordechai Dov Altein, a long-serving Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi who was instrumental in the establishment of yeshivahs and other Jewish educational institutions in post-war America, passed away on Sunday. He was 100 years old. Born on the Lower East Sid...
A commitment to community at conference of Balkan Jewry
The small Balkan nation of Montenegro, home to a diverse group of about 500 Jewish people, now has its first resident chief rabbi. Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Ari Edelkopf was formally appointed to the post last week in the presence of the nation’s pr...
Some 80 worshippers barricade themselves inside; killer live-streams anti-Semitic diatribe
After failing to get inside a synagogue where more than 80 people were attending Yom Kippur services in Halle, Germany, a heavily armed gunman shot two people dead, left explosives outside the synagogue and threw a hand-grenade into a nearby Jewish cemete...
Rina Schnerb was with her father and brother, who were injured in the blast
As Shabbat approached late Friday afternoon in Lod, Israel, hundreds of mourners attended the hastily arranged funeral of Rina Shnerb, 17, who was killed earlier in the day in a terrorist bombing at a natural spring outside the central West Bank settlemen...
A short account of a long trip
The first crystal-clear memory I have of the trip up to Woodstock is when we hit 85 miles per hour on the open road in my friend Stevie’s 1968 Buick Wildcat. We were just past the New York State Thruway tollbooth in Newburgh when we raced up alongside a w...
Manhunt underway for killer or killers of IDF recruit
A 19-year-old yeshivah student and off-duty Israel Defense Forces’ recruit was stabbed to death in the West Bank on Wednesday evening. His body was discovered by a search team early Thursday morning after relatives reported that they were unable to contac...
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