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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.
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...
The 98-year-old federal jurist speaks about criminal justice, the Aleph Institute, and the Rebbe’s influence on his life and work
On a rainy afternoon this summer, Judge Jack B. Weinstein called a recess on the case he was presiding over at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., to meet with an old friend and comrade-in-arms, Rabbi Sholom Lipskar. The two have known each other si...
Combating anti-Semitism with mitzvahs, lovingkindness and joy
EDISON, N.J.—Lettered and numbered circular tables lined the 150,000-square-foot New Jersey Convention Center, each one filled with a dozen rabbis and Jewish communal leaders, close to 6,000 people in all. They came together for the annual International C...
New appointment announced at International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries
Rabbi Schneur and Yehudis Raitport arrived in the bustling Southeast Asian metropolis of Yangon, Myanmar, on a Monday in late 2018. The only kosher food they had in their luggage were spices. Still jet-lagged, on Wednesday morning the rabbi, also a shoche...
‘Bereishit’ the 728-page first volume of six-volume set of Likkutei Sichot
For decades, Rabbi Yonah Avtzon could be seen walking the streets between his home and office in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, reviewing page-after-page of manuscripts and printer’s proofs through a pair of reading glasses perched at the end of h...
This week marks 75 years since the passing in Soviet exile of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
It was late Tuesday evening, Aug. 6, 1991. The place: Moscow. Change was sweeping over the Soviet Union at a dizzying pace. The old guard Communists’ failed coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a final attempt to turn back the clock and save the ...
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