3 Kislev 5778 21/11/2017

Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s Arrest

Rabbi Levi Yitzchok was arrested for his efforts to maintain Jewish life in Soviet Russia. Like so many other religious Jews at that time, he suffered the indignities of arrest and incarceration.

It was three a.m. on Nissan 9th 5699 [1939] when four NKVD agents arrived at Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson’s home at 13 Barikadnaya Street, Dnieperpetrovsk.
“Where’s Rabbi Schneerson?” they demanded as they burst in. Each agent stationed himself by an outside door to ensure that no one could escape. One of them, a sergeant, then ordered his men to conduct a thorough search of the house.

Every single book on Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s five bookcases was removed and inspected. Nothing was left out. Books on Jewish mysticism, handwritten responsa, and valuable letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbes, both past and present, were opened and meticulously examined. Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s certificates of Rabbinical ordination, his family’s exit visas, personal letters from abroad, and the documents confirming his appointment to the Rabbinate of Yekaterinaslav [Dnieperpetrovsk] were also subjected to detailed examination. When the search was completed, everything was packed into boxes and removed. One of the boxes contained thousands of handwritten pages of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok’s Chassidic insights.

The search continued until six in the morning, when Rabbi Levi Yitzchok was ordered to dress and accompany the NKVD agents. As it was close to Passover, he was allowed to take a small two-kilo parcel of matzah with him. When Rebbitzen Chana asked where her husband was going, she was told that she would only find out the following afternoon at police headquarters.

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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.
31/07/2007
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A Gallery  of Notable Visitors to the Chabad Center in Almaty and the Tomb of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok
A Gallery of Notable Visitors to the Chabad Center in Almaty and the Tomb of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok
20/02/2007