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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.
The quintessential Chabad Chassid
With his debonair looks and mischievous smile, Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelik never quite fit the mold of pulpit rabbi. Instead, from the moment he arrived in Milan, Italy, in late 1958, he blazed a new role: that of emissary. This was the part Garelik was ...
A place where great rabbis and shopkeepers studied and prayed with the Baal Shem Tov’s successor
When Rabbi Shneor Zalman Schneersohn first arrived as the Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in the small town of Rovno, western Ukraine, in 2004, he didn’t think much of the ancient synagogue where he took up his position as the town’s lone rabbi. Known as Rovne ...
Lighting a symbol of the defeat of anti-Semitism under Nazis and Communism
For Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski, the lighting of the 20-foot-tall public Hanukkah menorah in front of the towering Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw completes a circle. Reading about the ceremony some 1,300 kilometers to the west in Amsterdam, it...
As many as 500 to gather for each candle of the first-ever public menorah-lightings
For the first time in history, a giant public menorah has been raised in the United Arab Emirates. The 12-foot metal menorah was designed and constructed locally and stands at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, for all eight ...
Menorahs great and small brighten a world darkened by pandemic
The bright days of Hanukkah have their way of arriving just when they’re needed most. By all accounts, this year has not been an easy one. From China to Italy, from Jerusalem to New York to Melbourne, the global pandemic has wreaked havoc on people from a...
On 19 Kislev 1968, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson reflected on the role of peace on the path to redemption
It was 1968, and America’s cities were aflame. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., setting off riots in 125 cities. Whole neighborhoods burned, with parts of Washington, Baltimore and Chicago among the most devastated. It ...
From Vienna to Birobidzhan, menorah’s glow to shine worldwide in private homes and public squares
One night in early November, Vienna exploded with the sharp cracks of automatic gunfire. An Islamist terrorist had struck the Austrian capital. By the time police neutralized him, he had murdered four and injured 23, leaving the cobblestone streets of old...
A conversation with the famed jurist, who addressed the virtual Kinus Hashluchim
When Nathan Lewin addressed the virtual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchim) as its keynote on Sunday afternoon, there was no need for an introduction. Over the past half-century, Lewin has made a name for himself as ...
Appointment comes amid growth of Jewish life and six years of serving as only rabbi in UAE
Each new day seems to bring with it historic good news from the Middle East. August’s surprise announcement of the United States-brokered Abraham Accords Peace Agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel was followed a month later by a similar a...
The first mitzvah campaign to bring Judaism to the individual, wherever he or she was
For as long as anyone can remember, the symbol of the High Holidays has been the shofar, the ancient curved instrument used to inaugurate the Jewish New Year. The shofar, most often hewn out of a ram’s horn—although it can be made out of the horns of most...
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