Podcast Explores Rebbe’s Relationship With Zionism

In the second of a series, Jewish History Soundbites host Yehuda Geberer explores the opinions of the Frierdiker Rebbe and Rebbe regarding Zionism, the Zionist Movement, and the State of Israel.

In the second of a series, Jewish History Soundbites host Yehuda Geberer explores the opinions of the Frierdiker Rebbe and Rebbe regarding Zionism, the Zionist Movement, and the State of Israel.

“With the passing of the fifth rebbe of Chabad, the Rashab in 1920, his son the Rayatz or the Freidiker (previous) Rebbe (1880-1950), took over the Chabad-Lubavitch movement at a time of crisis. Through the decades of his leadership he expressed a commitment to the ideals of his father in regards to Zionism, while dealing with the practical upheavals of Jewish life including the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel,” Geberer wrote.

“This was continued by his son in law and successor, the Rebbe. While in theory, the opposition to ideas such as ‘aschalta digeula’ remained, practical considerations of caring for the needs of the Jewish People and furthering Jewish observance took precedence.

“Of special note was the relationship enjoyed between both Rebbe’s and the third president of the State of Israel, Zalman Shazar,” he wrote.

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