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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.
‘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 ...
The untold story of Chabad’s efforts to save eighteen hundred Jewish children during the height of the Islamic revolution in Iran.
A search for the story behind the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe’s lone Soviet portrait yields not one, but two photos
It was the day after the holiday of Sukkot (Oct. 20, 1927), and the Leningrad train platform was packed. Eyewitnesses reported 1,000 Russian Jews of all backgrounds appearing at the station, despite the obvious dangers, to bid their Rebbe farewell.Riga Fr...
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...
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