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The Believer

Translator’s note: the following are translated excerpts from an account by Israeli activist, writer and former Knesset member Geulah Cohen of her...

Shining from the Inside Out: Adolescence and You

Adolescence – The Darkness Before the Dawn Do you remember what it was like to be an adolescent? The anger, the confusion, the rebellion? The...

In the Trenches

The Pawn What is your favorite piece on the chess board? The queen, horse, castle and bishop are all important, but the pawn has one capacity that the...

Deep Sea Diving

The Gardens Seeking an escape from the fast pace of the big city, I used to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Strolling along quiet lanes, I would...

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Shneersohn (1880-1950), the 6th Rebbe of Chabad Lubavitch - A Brief Biography

The Early Years  Rabbi Sholom Dovber, the fifth leader of the growing Chabad movement, was constantly kept busy by the growing number of public...

Spiritual Meaning of Snow

Nothing is as it appears. What lies beneath the enchanting snowflakes floating gently from heaven to earth? From whence do these white angels originate? Is...

Why is it so important to study Chassidut?

Of all the 613 commandments of the Torah, only six are relevant at any given time.1 These include belief in G-d, knowing G-d, revering and loving Him....

Spiritual Schizophrenia

An exclusive study of the "revealed" aspect of  Torah, often referred to as "nigleh", may provide one with Torah-knowledge. He...

Why do chassidim wear a gartel (black sash/belt) when praying?

Have you never heard of a “black belt” in Judo-ism? Ok, seriously, the prophet Amos said: “Prepare to meet your G-d, of Israel! ”1...

Who is "The Rebbe"?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn (1902-1994), is lovingly known as "The Rebbe," the seventh leader of the...