The Rebbe’s Handwritten Edits on a French Calendar

A new publication by Vaad Hatmimim for Chof Ches Sivan contains the Rebbe’s edits on a Jewish calendar printed under great duress in France under the Nazi occupation. Download here on

The Rebbe‘s handwritten edits on a French Calendar for the year of 5701 has been published in the Vaad Hatmimim’s new Kovetz for Chef Ches Sivan, this year celebrating eighty years since the Rebbe and Rebbetzin‘s arrival to the free world.

In year 5700 when the Nazis invaded France, the Rebbe and the Rebbetzin, then living in Paris, were forced to move from out of Paris to a place free of Nazi persecution.

After spending a few months in the city of Vichy, towards the end of 5700, the Rebbe and Rebbezin moved again; this time to Nice.

The refugees in Nice, published a calendar for the year 5701. The calendar is a small, hand-written booklet. The Rebbe added noted to the calendar in several places, correcting what the publishers had written, and added missing “bahab” fasts – (an acronym for Monday, Thursday, Monday, following a minhag is to fast on the first Monday, Thursday and then the following Monday of the months of Cheshvan and Iyar)  – the last “bahab” fast for Cheshvan, and all the “bahab” fasts for Iyar.

These documents were graciously provided to Vaad Hatmimim by the JEM – Early Years archives, headed by Rabbi Elkanah Shmotkin.

The Kovetz also includes: A detailed historical overview of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s escape, full with information and documents relating to the escape and comprehensive pictures of the events of Chof Ches Sivan with the Rebbe throughout the years.

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Click here to download the new Kovetz.

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