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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.
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 [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 desig...
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...
The 1980 Russian-language address that took the world by surprise and placed the Soviet regime on notice
The year 1980 was turning out to be a dark one for Soviet Jewry. The previous decade had seen the first large-scale Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union, reaching a peak of 51,300 exit visas in 1979. But then things suddenly changed. “An abrupt tighten...
Leaves eight children; community recalls emissary’s warmth, generosity and dedication
Rabbi Binyamin Wolff was dedicated to his family, his work and the Jews of Hanover, Germany. Fifteen years ago, the rabbi and his wife, Sterni, arrived in the capital of Lower Saxony and established Chabad-Lubavitch of Hanover. In a short time, the passio...
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