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Eli Rubin studied Chassidic literature and Jewish Law at the Rabbinical College of America and at Yeshivot in the UK, the US and Australia. He has been a research writer and editor at Chabad.org since 2011, focusing on the social and intellectual history of Chabad Chassidism. Through his writing, research, and editorial work he has successfully participated in a range of scholarly interchanges and collaborative endeavors.
A Case Study of How Rabbinic Theorists Adjudicate Uncertainties
Talmudic Magnificence Uncertainties hold a special place in the corpus of Jewish legal literature, beginning with the Mishnah. Ask any competent Talmudist a straightforward legal question and you will soon find yourself besieged by more hypothetical uncer...
A high-profile champion of Shabbat observance who cherished his personal bond with the Rebbe
If there is one word with which Joe Lieberman’s name is most associated, it is the Jewish day of rest: Shabbat. Lieberman, who faithfully observed Shabbat throughout his high-profile political career, passed away on March 27. He served four terms as U.S. ...
The Life and Times of Rebbetzin Rivkah Schneersohn (1834-1914) - Part 1
Introduction The life of Rebbetzin Rivkah Schneersohn spanned eight decades, from 1834 to 1914. For almost the entirety of that time she lived in the town of Lubavitch, the seat of Chabad-Chassidism for more than a century. As such, she personified a brid...
Behind the scenes, his resourcefulness and discretion proved indispensable
Throughout the decades of his leadership, the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—was supported by a core team of close aides who worked in a variety of different roles. There was secretarial work to be done, scholarly work, logistical...
Selected Correspondence Between Chaim Grade and the Rebbe
Introduction: The Midnight Visit of a President and a Poet In July 1966, Chaim Grade—the Yiddish writer who so vividly memorialized the world of Jewish life and learning in pre-Holocaust Lita—received a phone call. Zalman Shazar, the journalist and labor-...
A 19th-Century Maskil Mourns the Tzemach Tzedek
Introduction The following poem was composed, annotated, and published by Eliezer Tzvi Zweifel (1815-1888) as a tribute to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch soon after his passing on the 13th of Nissan, 1866. Rabbi Menachem Mendel, known as t...
On the rejuvenation of spiritual life and the essential meaning of teshuvah
Teshuvah gives us a new understanding of the essential depth of a mitzvah, of how deeply they are bound up in our own souls, and how deeply they connect us with G‑d.
A meditation on the meaning of Rosh Hashanah
The shofar is a call to renewal, and that renewal is enacted by ourselves and by G‑d.
On his first yahrtzeit, an exploration of his journey from adrift teenager to "modern day Rashi"
How a teenager adrift in Jerusalem was transformed into an internationally acclaimed scholar and educator.
A historical reflection on the significance of “America” in Chabad thought, marking the 80th anniversary of the Rebbe’s arrival on US soil in 5701/1941
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