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Dovid Margolin

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Dovid Margolin has been an associate editor at Chabad.org since 2015, writing on Jewish life around the world with a particular interest in Russian Jewish history. He has reported from Argentina, Cuba, Russia, and the frontlines of Ukraine. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, Mosaic, and Tablet.
The native of New Square, N.Y., had musical virtuosity and a heartfelt voice
Shraga Eliyahu (Shragee) Gestetner of Monsey, N.Y., was among the 45 pilgrims who lost their lives on April 30 in the midst of celebrating Lag BaOmer at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai on Mount Meron, Israel. He was 33 years old and survived by h...
Fluent in four languages, she kept an open home and heart for all
Long before she got married in the summer of 1989, Myriam Bentolila knew that she wanted to serve as a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary. That’s the life she had grown up on in Milan, Italy, where her parents were sent in the early 1960s by the Rebbe—Rabbi Menach...
Amid continued restrictions and rising vaccinations, Chabad-Lubavitch brings Passover to one and all
Passover descended last year upon a world under lockdown. For the first time in memory, individuals and families were forced to “Seder-in-place,” foregoing extended family gatherings for the safety of home. This isolation meant that more Jewish households...
Lone Star State now home to only handmade matzah bakery outside of the Northeast
Every morning at 7 a.m., workers stoke the embers burning in the matzah oven from the night before. Slowly, they feed crisp, dry firewood into the growing flames. Two hours later, the oven has reached 1,300 degrees, perfect for baking shmurah matzah. That...
The quintessential Chabad Chassid
With his debonair looks and mischievous smile, Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelik never quite fit the mold of pulpit rabbi. Instead, from the moment he arrived in Milan, Italy, in late 1958, he blazed a new role: that of emissary. This was the part Garelik was ...
A place where great rabbis and shopkeepers studied and prayed with the Baal Shem Tov’s successor
When Rabbi Shneor Zalman Schneersohn first arrived as the Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in the small town of Rovno, western Ukraine, in 2004, he didn’t think much of the ancient synagogue where he took up his position as the town’s lone rabbi. Known as Rovne ...
Lighting a symbol of the defeat of anti-Semitism under Nazis and Communism
For Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski, the lighting of the 20-foot-tall public Hanukkah menorah in front of the towering Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw completes a circle. Reading about the ceremony some 1,300 kilometers to the west in Amsterdam, it...
As many as 500 to gather for each candle of the first-ever public menorah-lightings
For the first time in history, a giant public menorah has been raised in the United Arab Emirates. The 12-foot metal menorah was designed and constructed locally and stands at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, for all eight ...
Menorahs great and small brighten a world darkened by pandemic
The bright days of Hanukkah have their way of arriving just when they’re needed most. By all accounts, this year has not been an easy one. From China to Italy, from Jerusalem to New York to Melbourne, the global pandemic has wreaked havoc on people from a...
On 19 Kislev 1968, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson reflected on the role of peace on the path to redemption
It was 1968, and America’s cities were aflame. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., setting off riots in 125 cities. Whole neighborhoods burned, with parts of Washington, Baltimore and Chicago among the most devastated. It ...
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