Thursday, / May 13, 2021
Posts by: Baila Olidort
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A Personal Affair
In the days leading up to the Seder last year, as I scrubbed my kitchen clean of chameitz, I questioned the point of this highly…
Reflections On Leadership
How would the Rebbe bring healing to survivors nursing shame and insecurity, wanting to hide their identity, to forget, to be left alone in their…
“My soul thirsts for You”: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (1948-2020)
The outpouring of tributes to this “gentle giant,” as one of his students aptly put it, offer glimpses of his captivating presence and the magnitude…
The Story of 2020
How will we tell our grandchildren the story of 2020?  I thought about that as I held the tiny fingers of my baby granddaughter, born…
Making G-d Personal
I had an hour and a half interview with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in 2014. As he responded to my questions, the editor in me marveled.…
Interview: Subliminally Speaking
Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael Steinsaltz, a towering figure of Jewish scholarship, became world renowned for his groundbreaking work: the translation of the Babylonian Talmud from Aramaic…
An Interview with the Rebbe’s Doctor – Dr. Ira Weiss
Dr. Ira Weiss, Senior Attending Cardiologist at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL, was called in to attend to the Lubavitcher Rebbe after he suffered a…
The Sound Of A Thin Silence
In the hushed stillness between the prayers and the poems, in the breath between the soulful tunes, we hear. Muted sobs, a whispered plea, the…
Tisha B’Av: Remembering for a Better Future
This evening, Jews around the world will remove their shoes, begin a 25-hour fast, and sit low on the floor in the manner of mourners.
Talmud Teasers: Staying Safe
The coronavirus pandemic has made us sensitive to the risks we take in our day-to-day living, and helped us become aware of the different ways…
A Time to Heal
When the doors of Chabad Houses closed, and shluchim adopted social-distancing guidelines, we wondered how this edition of the magazine would take shape. More importantly,…
Remembering The Struggle for Russian Jewry
Ninety-three years ago today, Rabbi Joseph I. Schneersohn, sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, was freed from Soviet-imposed exile.
A NOVEL RECOVERY
We humans have a primordial need to know. When something happens that upends our reality, we feel great urgency to unravel the enigma. We need…
To Be The Rebbe’s Emissary
In a 2014 interview with me, Rabbi Grunblatt shared his ideas about serving as the Rebbe’s emissary, and the attitudes and rigors that inform him,…
The Rebbe: He Wanted to Change Human Nature
How would the Rebbe pick up the reins in the aftermath of the Holocaust that left the Jewish people diminished by a third--millions exterminated by…
Changing the Jewish Narrative
For many, Belgrade's Jewish community is defined by the tragedy of the Holocaust. But as a new movement devoted to changing the narrative grows, the…
Mystery Donor
As Chabad events gained popularity, the Kaminetzkys’ rented apartment began to shrink. It was time to move forward. But with a weak economy and a…
Do We Need Anti-Semitism To Keep Us Jewish?
Swados asked the Rebbe whether it was his opinion, then, “that the tragedy was not a unique visitation upon the Jewish people, and that it…
Treasures From the Chabad Library
The library’s collection was started by the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), and expanded with each subsequent Lubavitcher Rebbe. Throughout this…
LifeTown: Reimagining Society, Redefining Inclusion
Set on five sprawling acres and surrounded by New Jersey’s hills and parks, LifeTown offers children and adults with special needs the opportunity to work,…
Heirs to the Rebbe’s Legacy
To anyone familiar with the Rebbe’s teachings, the principles of positive psychology that are so popular today echo the Torah-based ideals that the Rebbe advanced:…
In Conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel, one of the most passionate Jewish voices of our time, enjoyed an enduring correspondence and personal relationship with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Mr. Wiesel,…
Your Place Is Here: An Emissary Reflects With Candor
On the day of the mikvah inauguration, Reizy Zaklas took a break from all the hoopla to reflect as we sat in her kitchen. I…
The Lamplighters of Zagreb
"For the first time in Croatia, we have the experience of a Jewish community that is practicing all the traditions. And this has changed everything.…
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