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Mendel Rubin

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Rabbi Mendel Rubin and his wife, Raizy, co-direct the Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center in Albany, New York. He also teaches at the local Maimonides School.
Soviet Russia, 1927
Back in the day, when long-distance travel was far more arduous and costly, the glorious and cavernous halls of train stations were the backdrops of all the poignant comings and goings of life.
The Tzemach Tzedek’s musical legacy spans the spectrum of human emotion and experience
In Chabad, one of the most climactic moments of festivals and other special dates is when a specific series of melodies (a ‘seder nigunim’) is sung, each associated with one of the successive leaders of the movement. Each Rebbe had a distinct personality,...
A melodious meditation on the constant struggle to be our better selves
Why was this melody singled out as the musical expression of the beinoni’s character, and as the personal anthem of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch?
Two chassidim, two statements, and one Yud-Tes Kislev farbrengen
Two pithy lines were repeated by beloved teachers and relived by those who heard them each and every year.
The Tahaluchah Experience
It’s Yom Tov, and scores of Chabad chassidim are leaving the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn on foot—some walking as far as Queens and Upper Manhattan! No, it’s not some fitness craze. It’s Tahaluchah.
The ABC’s of Chassidism
Napoleon rushed over to him, put his hand on his heart and said, “You are a spy!”
All chassidim, young and old, and of every inclination, are swept up in the euphoric, dramatic, joyous uplift of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak’s lively chassidic dance tune, “Nigun Hakafot.”
Once, while we were walking along the seashore, amidst that glorious scenic setting, my father showed me a bench nestled in the brambles, between the sea and the forest.
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