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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.
‘It’s a very difficult situation,’ says Harlig, who also directs Chabad of Kendall and Pinecrest
SURFSIDE, Fla.—Suit jacket slung over his arm and badge around his neck, Miami-Dade police chaplain Rabbi Yossi Harlig walks briskly down Collins Avenue. He’s heading back towards the pile, the Surfside site where hundreds of emergency workers have been d...
The Shul’s aid efforts continue
SURFSIDE, Fla.—The feeling here can only be described as eerie. A heavy police presence patrols every artery leading into the twin beachside towns of Surfside and Bal Harbour, leaving its chic, normally bustling streets oddly empty. Nowadays, the most com...
Food and other necessities distributed to families pouring into area for news of loved ones
As the sun sets, ushering in Shabbat, a feeling of uncertainty envelopes the heavily Jewish beachside community of Surfside, Fla. At the same time, there is a distinct sense of community and togetherness, a spirit of unity amid the chaos and rubble. In th...
Leonard Holtz found an archive of letters in a shoebox. Then he and his wife gave it to the Chabad Library
In July of 1941, a worried Rabbi Shimon Leib Greenberg of Chicago sent a letter to a Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied France who had just arrived in New York. The Warsaw-born Greenberg had lived with his wife and stepson in Paris before moving to the Uni...
An early and enthusiastic proponent of criminal justice reform through the Aleph Institute
Back in the early 1980s, Judge Jack B. (Yehoshua Binyamin) Weinstein had no reason to take a meeting with a 36-year-old rabbi named Sholom Lipskar. Weinstein was the chief judge of the Eastern District of New York, while the young rabbi was an upstart in ...
There was a time when the Land of Israel seemed far away. Not anymore. Updates come by the minute—the dull thud of rockets, the piercing sound of Red Alerts, and the cries of mothers and children running for their lives—emerging from our computers and pho...
The native of New Square, N.Y., had musical virtuosity and a heartfelt voice
Shraga Eliyahu (Shragee) Gestetner of Monsey, N.Y., was among the 45 pilgrims who lost their lives on April 30 in the midst of celebrating Lag BaOmer at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai on Mount Meron, Israel. He was 33 years old and survived by h...
Fluent in four languages, she kept an open home and heart for all
Long before she got married in the summer of 1989, Myriam Bentolila knew that she wanted to serve as a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary. That’s the life she had grown up on in Milan, Italy, where her parents were sent in the early 1960s by the Rebbe—Rabbi Menach...
Amid continued restrictions and rising vaccinations, Chabad-Lubavitch brings Passover to one and all
Passover descended last year upon a world under lockdown. For the first time in memory, individuals and families were forced to “Seder-in-place,” foregoing extended family gatherings for the safety of home. This isolation meant that more Jewish households...
Lone Star State now home to only handmade matzah bakery outside of the Northeast
Every morning at 7 a.m., workers stoke the embers burning in the matzah oven from the night before. Slowly, they feed crisp, dry firewood into the growing flames. Two hours later, the oven has reached 1,300 degrees, perfect for baking shmurah matzah. That...
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