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A Personal Family Saga Spanning Five Generations
An extraordinary address by Professor David Luchins, chair of Touro College’s department of political science and a longtime advisor to the late New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, at the gala banquet of the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch...
Dr. David Luchins served on the staff of US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan for twenty years. He reveals the Rebbe’s influence in bringing down the Iron Curtain.
Farbrengen, 6 Tishrei, 5742 • October 4, 1981
After the passing of his mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, in 1964, the Rebbe began holding a farbrengen, chassidic gathering and public address, on the date of her yahrzeit. This gathering would be dedicated to her legacy, and to the mission of the Jew...
Rabbi Efraim Schmuckler has served as rabbi of the Geriatric Center in Montreal, Canada for over thirty years. In 1970, during an audience with the Rebbe, he asked for a blessing that his uncle succeed in leaving Soviet Russia. The Rebbe gave him a blessi...
When Irina Markish became active in the protests and demonstrations calling for the release of Soviet Jewry and on behalf of her husband, David Markish, in particular, her advocacy led her to a surprising and fruitful meeting with the Rebbe. (1972)
Rabbi Yoel Kahn, a leading authority on Chabad Chasidic thought, recalls being present at a Purim farbrengen in 770 when the Rebbe told a very unusual story. But even more unusual, were the events which unfolded soon after. (1953)
The release of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson from Soviet Russia was more than a victory for an individual. The approach which proved to be successful in lobbying the Soviets to agree to his release was one of quiet yet forceful diplomacy, far away from ...
Reb Mottel Lifshitz, a key figure in the Soviet Jewish underground, served as Moscow’s only ritual slaughterer for almost three decades, and performed countless clandestine circumcisions.
A first-hand account of a refusenik's battle to practice Judaism in Soviet Russia. An incredible story of resilience and defiance.
After promising to maintain secrecy and informing the Rebbe of his plans, he was given some contacts by the Rebbe. (1960's)
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