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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 untold story of Chabad’s efforts to save eighteen hundred Jewish children during the height of the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Looking for alternatives to incarceration; finding the Divine spark in prisoners
A single statistic tells the tale: With a prison population of nearly 2.2 million people, the United States—home to just 4.4 percent of the world’s population—holds around 22 percent of the world’s incarcerated individuals, and has the world’s highest per...
After two decades in federal prison, he’s now an inspired advocate
On Tuesday evening, Matthew Charles traveled to the Queens, N.Y. resting place of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—to say two simple words: “Thank you.” Today a criminal justice fellow at FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimum...
After a childhood in Stalin’s USSR, he stayed devout and worked to fulfill the American dream
Sholom Ber (Berel) Raskin, the kosher fishmonger who, glinting cleaver in hand, welcomed generations of customers, visitors and journalists into his pungent Crown Heights fish store and the Chassidic neighborhood he called home, passed away suddenly on Sh...
In novels, plays and nonfiction, Wouk displayed the burning flame of Jewish life, belief and practice
The great American novelist Herman Wouk was a man who went against the grain. In a life and career that spanned the modern era, from World War I to iPhones, he stood out for his personal Orthodox Jewish observance, for the sense of mission he felt carryin...
Comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky greets Ukraine’s Chabad rabbis
Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky held what was called a “historic” meeting on May 6 in Kiev with the six leading representatives of the country’s Jewish community. The meeting with the chief rabbis of Ukraine’s six most populous regions—geogra...
Chabad of Poway attack took the life of a beloved pillar in the Southern California community
Lori Kaye loved greeting cards; she had one for nearly any occasion. Whether a birthday, anniversary or condolence, someone leaving on a trip or returning from one, Kaye pulled one out from her vast collection, wrote a message and delivered the card. “She...
For the Jews of Venezuela, a difficult situation gets even harder
It’s been around 10 days since the last citywide electricity outage in Caracas, Venezuela, and the lights are back on ... for now. “Obviously we’re hoping that holds for Passover, and especially the seder nights,” says Rabbi Yehoshua Rosenblum of Chabad-L...
Passover amid eastern Ukraine’s frozen war
News from the frontlines of eastern Ukraine’s five-year-old frozen war has long slipped from Western headlines, but for the people living in the region, daily reminders of the conflict’s existence abound. On the outskirts of Donetsk, a city of just under ...
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