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The Hasidic Underground

Boro Park, Brooklyn, late 1970s, at the nexus of a cultish hippiedom and ultra-Orthodoxy

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My Kind Heaven

How a visit from my dead mother led me to the Lubavitcher Rebbe and showed me the way to heal our world

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Another Side of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

A new book gives us Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson as social reformer

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Me Among the Believers

A parade of diverse people—poets and politicians, generals and physicians, God-fearing and disbelievers—turned to the Lubavitcher Rebbe for guidance. Why?

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Mysterious Blessings From the Rebbe’s Grave

At the memorial for an eminent rabbi in Kazakhstan, a curious observer from New Jersey wonders if she’s witnessed a miracle

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On the Anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Passing, a Lesson in Changing the World

It starts with learning to ask the questions that truly matter

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Hey, Nazis: The Solar Eclipse Is God’s Way of Warning You

No, really: It’s right there in the Talmud

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A Rebbe for Our Time

A new book reminds us why Menachem Schneerson’s genius for community is more vital today than ever

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Jewish Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons—and Deterrence

As Iran negotiates its nuclear deal, a look back at decades of debate by rabbis, politicians, and philosophers about the ethics of atomic warfare

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Did the Rebbe Identify Himself as the Messiah—and What Do His Hasidim Believe Today?

Twenty years after his death, the legacy of the Lubavitcher leader—‘the Prince of our generation’—is still a matter of heated debate

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The Theology of ‘Jurassic Park’

Viewing Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi classic through the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s lens

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Visiting the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Grave in Queens

Thousands flock to New York for the 20th yahrzeit of the Hasidic leader

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The Lubavitcher Rebbe Died 20 Years Ago Today. Who Was He?

Two new biographies attempt to describe the Chabad leader, but can we ever fathom his ultimate aloneness?

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For a Brief Moment This Year, Chassidic House Party Blew Their Observant Fans’ Minds

The short-lived Orthodox band made pop and funk the focus of their religious outreach—and then split up

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The Chosen Facial Hair

Beards are having their pop cultural moment, but Jews have always known the value of a furry face

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Confessions of a Wicked Daughter

Every Passover, my family makes me the Seder’s “wicked son.” I don’t mind—it’s a part I was born to play.

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Found in Translation

Scholar Adin Steinsaltz discusses his recently completed edition of the Talmud, why the Internet is better than TV, and the prospect of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Elvis playing cards together

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