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My Story With The Rebbe

By Yochanan Gordon This Shabbos, Parashas Korach, marks the 25th year since the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I have used this space in previous years to pen my personal...

The Responsibility Vaccine

By Yochanan Gordon We live in a multidimensional world where things can be perceived on varying levels. So while it seems that, on the face of it, the merits and...

Poway Rabbi to Address UN General Assembly Wednesday

By Yochanan Gordon At his Chabad House in Poway, California, the last day of Pesach, Rabbi Yisrael Goldstein lost his finger in a terrorist attack that took the life of...

Book Review of ‘Dear Rebbe’

  By Yochanan Gordon Since this is a book comprising the chronology of correspondence that the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ob’m, a chassidic rebbe, had with specific individuals, it would...

Lag B’omer: Reconciling Our Perception With Godliness

By Yochanan Gordon Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai was a mystical personality, and Lag B’omer is a mystical day. But what many often overlook is that the mystical and the fundamental...

From Pittsburgh to Poway and Beyond

By Yochanan Gordon The Torah mandates that the Pesach holiday be observed in the spring season as the verse states: “Shamor es chodesh ha’aviv ki bo yatzasa mi’Mitzrayim.” Pesach has...

Not So Squeaky Clean at the Car Wash

  By Yochanan Gordon Pesach is a universal yom tov. There is a role for everyone in preparation for it. While cleaning is the call of the hour, I have this...

Unspoken Eulogy: A Hesped for Chaim Moshe ben Binyamin Tzvi

By Yochanan Gordon The following is a eulogy I wrote for my dear brother-in-law, Chaim Moshe ben Binyamin Tzvi, the morning of his levayah, just one week ago. Circumstances precluded...

Rabbi Hutner And The Rebbe

Reviewed by Yochanan Gordon There’s a story of the Kotzker Rebbe who was asked by a group of chassidim how well he knew his followers. They began singling out individuals,...

‘Rabbi Hutner and Rebbe’ to Hit Book Stores Ahead of Rabbi Hutner’s 40th Yahrzeit

  By Yochanan Gordon The author of "Rav and Rebbe," "The Real Shlomo," "Lakewood and Lubavitch," and "Satmar and Lubavitch," Rabbi Chaim Dalfin of Brooklyn, New York, has returned with another...
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Halachic Musings: The Three Weeks

Although the Three Weeks and the other two fasts are a period of mourning and introspection, the Navi Zechariah tells us (Zechariah 8:19) that,...

Ambassador: Israel Will Allow U.S. Reps. Omar, Tlaib to Visit

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said the Jewish state will admit U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) “out...

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