Just one word: why???
HELENA, Mont. – Two young Orthodox rabbis have traded their studies in Brooklyn for the back roads of Montana, where they are teaching the far-flung faithful how to keep kosher in Big Sky Country.
Eli Chaikin, 23, and Dovid Lepkivker, 25, call themselves the roving rabbis. Their mission is to reach as many of the state’s approximately 3,000 Jews as they can in a month.
Their message is a gentle one — more of a nudge than a push — in what are at best loosely organized Jewish communities where relatively few people strictly follow the dietary laws.
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“Any step you take is a positive step,” Chaikin said. “It’s not all or nothing.”
Chaikin and Lepkivker are affiliated with Chabad-Lubavich movement. Chabad’s Bozeman-based rabbi, Chaim Bruk, said he invited them to help him honour the 40th anniversary of a worldwide campaign to promote observance of…
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