Our most read articles in 2021


There are things better to forget, and 2021 has certainly had its disproportionate share of events that have often left us unmoored. But looking back offers perspective, and what appears in hindsight can bring comfort where there was only grief.

We have found this to be true by reviewing the most read articles on lubavitch.com over the past twelve months. Most are stories of struggle, disappointment and sometimes loss. And yet, each item inspires with light and hope drawn from darkness.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Chabad rabbi, and the mysterious nature of Jewish identity

Work: “Justice” by Rivka Krinsky. Prints available at www.rivkakrinsky.com

Born into an Italian Catholic family in Binghamton, NY, Ani briefly attended Sunday school and made her First Communion, until she dropped out of church, without any objection from her parents.

Ani with her recently published book – Tanya Companion

Survivor Relives Forty Minutes That Changed His Life Forever

When a Jewish resident of a retirement home near Boston died without any relatives, the house called Rabbi Nechemia Shusterman of Peabody, Massachusetts. The 96-year-old man had spent his entire life since the age of three in the care of agencies for people with special needs.

Incredibly, his parents had organized his full Jewish funeral nearly half a century earlier.

Rabbi Yoel Kahn, who died last July (6 Av) at the age of 91, was the sage of Chabad Chasidism. A master writer and interpreter of Hasidic texts and deeply devoted to the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, he shaped the contours of Chabad scholarship over the course of seventy years, ushering in a new way of approaching a discipline that had hitherto been outside of reach of most.

Chabad’s emissaries in Chengdu, China must leave in a hurry to protect their children, and the community they have built with love and care is falling apart. To come back or not?

Benyamin murray, Rabbi of Chabad of Middlebury, Vermont, tells the story of her adoption, her upbringing into a loving interfaith family, and the intense and stimulating search for her true identity.

It all started with an article on a non-regular user’s travel and credit card points forum.

My first fashion show was in 2018. That year, Fashion Week fell directly on Rosh Hashanah week. With only one day between Shabbos and the two days of Rosh Hashanah, I couldn’t prepare for the frantic few days before the show. My PR people couldn’t imagine it – they couldn’t understand what I was thinking. It’s unheard of for someone to have this great time and not be in communication with their team the days before the event!

Bathseva Eadan Hay


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