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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 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.
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
A Look Back at a 1981 Pre-Inauguration Address by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
On the eve of the presidential transition between the Carter and Reagan administrations, the Rebbe provided perspective on the meaning and importance of majority rule, on the need for due gratitude together with disagreement, and on the importance of trus...
A fresh reading of the “Holy Epistle” of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov—a founding document of sorts that has been much discussed both in internal Chassidic discourse and in academic studies of Hasidism—yields six elementary principles of what Wexler calls "t...
The longtime Yeshiva University leader, who died at 92, placed Chassidic thought at center of his ‘centrist’ project
An appreciation that reflects on Lamm’s personal reception of Chassidism’s living heritage, the place of Chassidism in his scholarly work, his engagement with Chassidism in the fashioning of his famous derashot (sermons), and on Chassidism as his preferre...
R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi's "Gateway to [Divine] Union and Cognizance"
What do we mean when we say "G-d is One"? What is the relationship between G-d and the world? What is the gateway to divine union and cognizance? Join us for a series of classes on Part Two of the foundational work of Chabad thought, Likutei Amarim - Tany...
In 1989, the ‘Chanukah Live’ program showed satellite technology can advance connectedness, peace and unity
Under the pressure of social distancing and social isolation, we are seeing the awakening of a renewed social consciousness. Not only have our interactions with others not declined, but they have become more meaningful, more precious, more intentional, mo...
An energetic leader and personal mentor to hundreds, she worked under the Rebbe’s guidance for decades
The story of Rebbetzin Rachel Altein’s life is intertwined with the history of Chabad in America like that of few others. She served for decades as the English language editor of Di Yiddishe Heim, a periodical by and for Jewish women that featured a vibra...
100 years later, it’s time to revisit the Rebbe Rashab’s obituaries and rewrite the story of his life
100 years later, it’s time to revisit the Rebbe Rashab’s obituaries and rewrite the story of his life
A chassidic meditation on the ambiguity of Achashveirosh in the Megillah and of G-d in the world
Part 1: Kingship and Theology in the Purim Story Of all the major characters of the Purim story, the megillah, the most ambiguous is King Achashveirosh. On the one hand, he is the only character who features throughout the story. Everything revolves aroun...
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