New Photo of Rebbetzin Sheina Horenstein Made Public

A new photo of Rebbetzin Sheina Horenstein, the youngest daughter of the Frierdiker Rebbe and sister of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, was released in honor of her 120th birthday on 21 Teves.

By reporter

A new photo of Rebbetzin Sheina Horenstein, the youngest daughter of the Frierdiker Rebbe and sister of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, was recently made public in honor of her 120th birthday.

Rebbetzin Sheina Horenstein was born in Lubavitch on 21 Teves 5664. She married Reb Menachem Mendel Horenstein on Tuesday, Sivan 10, 5692. Her wedding was attended by many notable rabbis and Hasidic Rebbes. After the wedding, the couple moved to Paris, where they lived until 1939. Sheina and her husband were killed by the Nazis during World War II in Treblinka.

Already from a young age, her unique personality was noticeable, as the Friediker Rebbe writes to her “Your grandfather once said that ‘you should be healthy with years of success because you have fine qualities.’  ‘Fine qualities’ is a very honorary compliment, especially when it comes from such a person.”

The Rebbe told several stories about her and once related that since she was the youngest daughter, she enjoyed the attention of those at home who would often play with her. She also received much attention from the Rebbe Rashab who often inquired about her and her health (it seems she had some health issues growing up). The Rebbe Rashab even presided over a “Din Torah” to adjudicate whether her chess game with the Frierdiker Rebbe was played fairly. On another occasion, the Rebbe Rashab was called to decide whether the gift she received from her returning father was in fact ruined.

Sheina also played a significant role in the Friediker Rebbe’s fight against the Communist regime. The Friediker Rebbe would often take one of his daughters along with him on his trips and Sheina accompanied him on multiple of these trips. On a trip to scout for a new location for Lubavitch’s activities he took Sheina along; this was a trip the Friediker Rebbe described as taking “with great fears.” Her fierce dialogue with Nachmanson at the time of the Friediker Rebbe’s arrest is also a testament to the strength and resourcefulness of her character.

Handwritten birthday wishes from the Rebbe Rashab to Rebbetzin Sheina. “היי בריאה ויהודיה ישרה באמת’”

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