Rebbe’s Siddur Returned to His Room in 770

Eagle-eyed viewers who were davening in the Rebbe’s room in 770 over Chanukah noticed that the Rebbe’s ‘Torah Ohr’ Siddur, which he exclusively used for decades, was placed in a bookshelf in the room. 

By reporter

The personal siddur of the Rebbe, which was the same siddur the Rebbe exclusively used for decades, was returned to the Rebbe’s room in 770 just this week.

From 5701 and on, the Rebbe used a Torah Ohr siddur, printed that year and gifted to him by the Frierdiker Rebbe. The Rebbe virtually never used another siddur, and the black siddur became an indispensable part of every tefilah, farbrengen, and many other events by the Rebbe.

The Rebbe also had a second Torah Ohr siddur, which was one of the siddurim that the Frierdiker Rebbe had davened with. After the Frierdiker Rebbe’s histalkus, the Rebbe would give that second siddur to chassanim to daven mincha on the day of their wedding, when the chosson fasts and says al cheit.

Following Gimmel Tammuz, that second siddur was held by Rabbi Leibel Groner, who continued to give it to chassanim on the day of their wedding. The first siddur, the one used by the Rebbe, was held by R’ Sholom Ber Gansburg, who was appointed by the Rebbe to manage his personal possessions.

From then, until his passing just over a month ago, R’ Shalom Ber faithfully guarded the priceless siddur, the siddur with which the Rebbe davened for klal Yisroel for over fifty years.

After he passed away, it was decided to return the siddur to the Rebbe’s holy room in 770, the same place the siddur was kept by the Rebbe until Gimmel Tammuz. It was recently returned, and over Chanukah, eagle-eyed viewers noticed the holy Siddur in the bookshelf behind the Rebbe’s chair.

To read more about the seforim the Rebbe kept in his holy room, see here.

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  1. “The Rebbe virtually never used another siddur”.

    This is incorrect. Besides for the simple fact that at the Rebbe & Rebbetzin’s home on President St the Rebbe had another Siddur Torah Or which he used for any Tefillos, (Kiddush, Bentching, Krias Shema etc) said at home, the Rebbe also used various Siddurim Tehilas Hashem on numerous occasions, some in public, some in more private settings.

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