R. Shneur Zalman Slonim, a grandson of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel, joined the Rebbe Rashab and his family on a trip to the Crimea. Before leaving, he was told not to let the Rebbe think Chassidus, which he did with a clever trick.
The Full Story Behind the Stolen and Redeemed Sefer
Special Edition: It’s not every day that a stolen sefer that belonged to the Rebbe Rashab and Frierdiker Rebbe is redeemed and returned to 770. Here’s the full story behind the manuscript.
He Soaked the Tanya with His Tears and Passed Away
At first a successful businessman, after losing his fortune R. Avremke Zhebiner became a respected chassidishe rov. Known for being R. Groinem‘s mashpia, he didn’t leave this world before tearfully parting with the Tanya.
The Lost Halachic Work Discovered in the Rebbe’s Library
The story of an important Halachic work, its second edition which was never printed, and how 20 pages of this work, in manuscript form, were discovered in the Rebbe’s library.
He Rescued His Boys Before It Was Too Late
Overtaken with financial difficulty, R. Nochum Yitzchok Pinson overlooked his children’s chinuch and they slowly became influenced by modernity. When it hit him, he enrolled his sons – ages 10 and 12 – at a branch of Tomchei Temimim 500 km away from home, where they became outstanding chassidim.
The Frierdiker Rebbe’s Battle Against the Board of Education
“No! That is our answer to the Board of Education’s plan, a threat to every yeshiva’s existence.” Read about the battle of the Frierdiker Rebbe against the New York Board of Education and read his words, which could have been said in 5783.
The Young Generation is On Another Wavelength
IBM, Lag B’omer, and the story of the communist teacher: No one would ever dream of surrendering our Yiddishe “hardware,” but what about the Yiddishe “software.”? An article by Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.
A Tried-and-True Solution for Getting Kids to Listen
Article by Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier: Although a healthy dose of vitamin N (No) is good, these restrictions must not be sternly enforced but rather delivered with love and gentleness. Warming them works far better than warning them.
The History of the Rema’s “Other” Sefer
Rav Moshe Isserles, the ‘Rema’, is most well known for his work on Shulchan Aruch, which has been included in all editions since 1578. But it would take another century plus for his commentary on the Tur, to be printed.
Chassidus Isn’t an Inspirational Kumzitz
In the newest episode of ‘Making Chassidus Real,’ Rabbi Michoel Gourarie discusses why spiritual experiences, which may feel good, won’t necessarily bring us close to Hashem, and what will.
We Can Do More to Stop Bullying
Article by Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier: Educating Jewish children with the same methods as public school kids is, at the very least, a major disservice. Before looking elsewhere for guidance on bullying and the like, let us ask ourselves: Did I try to do everything the Torah teaches on the matter?
The Chassidic “Traitor” Thrown Out by His Wife
A talmid of Tomchei Temimim, R. Fallik Gurary, brother of the Rashag, went on to become a gvir and askan like his father. Despite being arrested and exiled to Siberia for his activities, he and his wife remained committed to raising their children with a staunch dedication to Yiddishkeit and Chassidus.
Tur: Between the Rambam and Shulchan Aruch
One of the earliest Halacha Seforim to be published was the Arba’ah Turim, an important Halachic work that serves as a vital bridge between the early Rishonim and the Shulchan Aruch. The Rebbe’s library owns some of the earliest editions.
The Chossid Who Became the Rebbe Rashab’s “Son-in-Law”
A son of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel, R. Mordechai Dov Ber Slonim lived in Chevron and resembled his grandfather, the Mitteler Rebbe. After showing up at the Rebbe Maharash‘s home at 2 am, he became very close to the young Rebbe Rashab, earning the nickname “son-in-law.”
When Non-Jewish Printers Fought Over the Rambam
Special edition for the Siyum Harambam: One of the earliest Seforim to be printed was the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah. Learn about the earliest prints, the dramatic fight between two non-Jewish printers over the Rambam, and its tragic results.
How Do You Feel Today?
Emotional awareness and “Feeling Charts” have gained popularity as a way to help children regulate their emotions. But it can also raise children who are self-absorbed. Where is the balance?
When He Passed Away, the Frierdiker Rebbe Cried
Article by Rabbi Mordechai Lipskier: When the news of Reb Chaim Brisker’s passing reached Lubavitch, the Frierdiker Rebbe cried bitterly and told a story about his selfless pride. Selflessness doesn’t mean worthlessness.
The Wealthy Chossid Who Slept on a Bench
A chossid of stature and a wealthy man, R. Hirshel Gurary donned four pairs of tefillin and was a son-in-law of the Radziner Rebbe. When he was seen sleeping on a bench to attend the Frierdiker Rebbe‘s daughter’s chassuna, he inspired a Mirrer talmid in the way of Chassidus.
From the Haggadah of the Baal Shem Tov to the Rebbe’s Haggadah
Among the 1,500 Haggados owned by the Rebbe’s library, there are a number of them that have a special connection to Chabad. Rabbi Berel Levine displays and discusses several of them, starting from the Haggada of the Baal Shem Tov and concluding with the Haggada authored by our Rebbe.
The Most Unique Haggados in the Rebbe’s Library
In a special Pesach edition of ‘Treasures from the Rebbe’s Library’, Chief Librarian Rabbi Berel Levin displays and discusses the most unique and rare Haggados that are owned by the Rebbe’s library.