The Times of Israel: “Look, but don’t touch: Moscow’s Schneerson Collection goes online”
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The Times of Israel: “Look, but don’t touch: Moscow’s Schneerson Collection goes online”

Moscow – In 1922, a few years before he fled the Soviet Union, the sixth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson petitioned the Russian government to return 35 crates of books they had seized years earlier. The books had been passed down to his father, Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneerson, by his grandfather and had belonged collectively … Continue reading

The Forward: “Why are there no kosher Russian restaurants in New York?”
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The Forward: “Why are there no kosher Russian restaurants in New York?”

I recently stood in line with more than a thousand Russian Jews, waiting for sushi — the highlight of Saturday night’s dinner at the Limmud FSU conference, which is the largest gathering of Russian-speaking Jews in North America. It was kosher sushi, of course. The other meals at the event, held at a Hilton Hotel … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Russian-Jewish filmmakers immortalize murdered Putin critic as ‘Boris Nemtsov, Jew’”
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The Times of Israel: “Russian-Jewish filmmakers immortalize murdered Putin critic as ‘Boris Nemtsov, Jew’”

Two years on, Russia hasn’t forgotten the tragic murder outside the Kremlin of Boris Nemtsov, the Jewish anti-Putin politician. He’s become something of a cult figure in a country known for silencing dissenters. There are now at least four films out about the martyred man, and some put the number as high as eight. At … Continue reading

The Forward: “Why this Russian Jew thinks Donald Trump is absolutely right about Russia”
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The Forward: “Why this Russian Jew thinks Donald Trump is absolutely right about Russia”

Until I watched second Presidential Debate, I didn’t like anything about Donald Trump. I am not a Republican. I believe in universal healthcare and I don’t think it’s a great idea to build a wall on the Mexican border. But during the debate, I heard Trump say something that I couldn’t agree with more: “I … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “100 years later, Sholem Aleichem’s censored tales available in Russian”
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The Times of Israel: “100 years later, Sholem Aleichem’s censored tales available in Russian”

What could be easier than to buy up the Land of Israel from the Turks?” writes Sholem Aleichem in a Yiddish-language short story entitled “Homesickness.” The story describes how the inhabitants of an imaginary Russian shtetl are introduced to Zionism. “At first, of course, they’d have to bargain — but a ruble more or a … Continue reading

The Forward: “Russia Quietly Strips Emigres of Dual Citizenship”
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The Forward: “Russia Quietly Strips Emigres of Dual Citizenship”

Tens of thousands of Russian dual nationals are being effectively stripped of their Russian citizenship via a quiet policy of Russian consulates worldwide refusing to renew their passports. Under new regulations the consulates are enforcing, anyone seeking to renew a passport who was not registered as living in Russia on February 6, 1992, will be … Continue reading