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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.
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...
A leader of Chabad’s Lishkas Ezras Achim for decades
He was the bane of journalists and interviewers, a tight-lipped, Soviet-born Lubavitcher Chassid whose poker face belied the horrors he had seen and the secret work he spent decades immersed in. As one of the founders and leaders of Lishkas Ezras Achim, a...
More Jewish households worldwide will host their own Seder than ever before
Until just a few weeks ago, Ira and Karen Smith and their family were looking forward to a Passover adventure. Ira’s younger sister was getting married in Las Vegas the weekend before the Jewish holiday, so the Smiths planned to fly there from their homet...
Women from around the world shared the unifying thread that binds their work together
Two weeks ago to the day, as the COVID-19 coronavirus was rapidly spreading through the Chinese city of Wuhan, Rochel Kalmenson and her husband, Rabbi Yekutiel Kalmenson, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Ningbo, China, and their three young children, b...
Record purchases in stores and online mark historic day in modern Chassidic history
With more than 2,000 volumes in its vast catalogue, Kehot Publication Society is the world’s leading publisher of Jewish books. Yet nearly 20 percent of their annual sales takes place during a single week in late December or early January. That’s when the...
Eight days of lighting giant menorahs that brighten the darkness far and wide
This year has in many ways been a difficult one for Jews everywhere. From Poway to Paris, from the streets of Brooklyn to this month’s shooting in Jersey City, the specter of anti-Semitism has reared its head. Still, wherever in the world the Jewish peopl...
… and then a Chabad rabbi walked into her nursing home
It was the third night of Chanukah in Guelph, Ontario, and Hella Bergeron, a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor at a local nursing home, was all alone. Then Rabbi Raphi Steiner walked into her room. “Who are you?” she asked him. “I said, ‘I’m a rabbi, and I c...
Furthering Muslim Morocco’s long-standing history of ‘peace and tolerance’ towards Jews
History was made in Muslim Morocco on Sunday evening when for the first time ever, two prominent government officials attended the Jewish community’s Chanukah festivities. Said Ahmidouch, the wali of Casablanca-Settat region, and Rachid Afirat, the govern...
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