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Dovid Margolin

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Dovid Margolin is a senior editor at Chabad.org, writing on social policy, Jewish life and Jewish history, with a particular interest in Russian Jewry. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Mosaic and Tablet.
Gala banquet of 34th Kinus Hashluchos held in New Jersey
EDISON, N.J.—The energy in the massive convention-space-turned-banquet hall was palpable, as 4,000 Jewish women leaders from around the world gathered at the gala event of the annual International Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Women Emissaries (Kinus Has...
On Chanukah, hope—and a call to action—at Harvard University
Every night of Chanukah for the past 24 years, a large menorah has been kindled on Harvard Yard, Harvard University’s iconic green. And every night of Chanukah for the past 24 years, once the music and celebration is over and the lights have burnt out, th...
In 1973 the Rebbe called for increased Chanukah awareness. The rest is history
Most of us don’t remember it, but once upon a time Chanukah was not widely known. Back then, giant menorahs did not glimmer outside the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue, or in front of the White House on the Ellipse, or at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris...
Group flies to New York, represents every segment of Israeli society
QUEENS, N.Y.—At 11 p.m., Jacob Gabay stood leaning against a fence in Old Montefiore Cemetery. It was dark outside and a little cold, but he had other things on his mind. Namely: Where was his daughter, Shani? That’s all Jacob’s been able to think about s...
The Torah grants Israel to the Jews and obligates them to protect her people
We thought we lived in a modern world. A world where murdering Jews in cold blood, where the mass slaughter of innocent men, women and children—babies!—in their homes and on their streets was unthinkable. We thought killers leaving the mutilated corpses o...
How the Rebbe brought the mitzvahs of Sukkot to the streets
There was a time, just before World War II and for a few years after, when the wide and tree-lined boulevards of central Brooklyn were the domicile of the contented, upwardly mobile American Jew. Nothing was seemingly missing: Prospect Park, the sun-dappl...
When the Sixth Rebbe was arrested, Latvian MP Mordechai Dubin took action
Just after midnight on Wednesday, June 15, 1927, agents of the Soviet secret police, then known as the OGPU, barged into the Leningrad apartment of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, and arrested him. Over ...
How Chabad’s form of Jewish Geography saves lives
On a Saturday afternoon 11 months into the war, Jan. 14, 2023, a 36-year-old Jewish woman named Olga Usova and her friend Irina Solomatenko, 38, were walking along a wide boulevard not far from the center of Dnipro, Ukraine. On their left flowed the Dnipr...
Reeling community is inspired by the light of Chanukah
It’s the fourth night of Chanukah on St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands. Two Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students are walking through the island’s Red Hook neighborhood, home to a handful of restaurants and bars, armed with menorahs, candles and dreidels...
Ukrainian menorah reminds that ‘a little light dispels much darkness’
There is almost nothing left of Mariupol, the industrial Ukrainian city obliterated during the first months of the war. Gone is the city’s theater, where some 300 people were killed in an airstrike in May. Homes, stores, hotels and parks have likewise dis...
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