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A Brief Biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Here is a brief summary of the highlights of the life of the seventh and most recent Lubavitcher Rebbe‚ Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

5762/1902 –Born on 11th Nisan in the Russian town of Nikolayev to Rabbi Levi Yitzchok and Chana Schneerson.

5667/1907 – Moved with his family to Yekaterinaslav (known today as Dnieperpetrovsk) in Ukraine, where his father was appointed as the local Chief Rabbi.

5683/1923 – Meets the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson (the Rebbe Rayatz), for the first time. The Rebbe Rayatz chooses him as a suitable husband for his daughter, Chaya Mushka.

5688/1928 – Leaves Russia with his future father-in-law and travels to Riga, Latvia.

5689/1929 – Marries Chaya Mushka in Warsaw. Afterwards, he and his bride traveled to Berlin, where he studied Torah individually as well as learning secular subjects.

5693/1933 – He arrives with his wife in Paris. There, he continued to study Torah on his own while completing several academic degrees at Sorbonne University.

5701/1941 – Escapes from the clutches of the Nazis and settles with his wife in America. There his father-in-law, who arrived there the previous year, appointed him as the director of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, Chabad’s educational division, as well as the head of Machne Israel, a charitable and welfare organization, and Kehot, Chabad’s publishing house. His responsibility for these three key organizations made him a key figure in the Chabad movement.

Despite his self-effacing character and his attempts to avoid public exposure, the Rebbe became recognized as a genius in all aspects of the Torah, and as possessing many fine and unusual qualities. His father-in-law gave him many vital tasks in publicity that required broad knowledge and a high intellectual level. The Rebbe Rayatz occasionally referred to him fondly as “my PR minister.”

5710/1950 – On 10th Shevat, the Rebbe Rayatz passed away, and he was eventually appointed to fill his leadership position and to become the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe. It did not take long before everyone called him the “Lubavitcher Rebbe,” or simply “the Rebbe.” The new Rebbe created a revolution in the Jewish world, bringing Chabad to the fore as the most dominant Jewish movement today, sending his representatives to Jewish communities throughout the world.

5748/1988 – The passing of Rebbitzen Chaya Mushka. From then on, the Rebbe spent more and more time alone in his office at the World Chabad Headquarters in 770, New York, and within two years he had almost completely stopped living at home.

5751/1991 – The Rebbe declares “the time of Redemption has arrived,” and he calls upon every Jew to work to bring the Messiah more quickly and feel his own personal responsibility for hurrying the Final Redemption

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The president of Kazakhstan presents the head shliach with a document signed by the government (in 2000) denouncing the persecution of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok.
The president of Kazakhstan presents the head shliach with a document signed by the government (in 2000) denouncing the persecution of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok.
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A Gallery  of Notable Visitors to the Chabad Center in Almaty and the Tomb of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok
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