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Published on: January 6, 2013 03:39 PM
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New York - Two centuries after the passing of the first Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, worldwide gatherings, conferences and celebrations devoted to his life and legacy are a testament to the spiritual potency of his teachings.

Hundreds of scholars and students of Jewish history, law and mysticism will be attending “Chabad: History, Philosophy, Image”—a three day international conference to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem beginning Monday.

Immanuel Etkes, Professor Emeritus of the History of the Jewish People at Hebrew University, and author of a highly acclaimed biography of Rabbi Schneur Zalman is organizing the event, which will lead off with a musical presentation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s niggunim, Chassidic melodies, led by professor Andre Hajdu and the Ha’oman Hai Ensemble.

The three-day conference will feature lectures and symposia in Hebrew and English led by dozens of world-renowned scholars such as professor Moshe Idel—recipient of the Israel Prize for Jewish Thought, and the Gershom Scholem Prize for research in Kabbalah; Chabad-Lubavitch scholar and author Dr. Tali (Naftali) Loewenthal; and professor Ada Rapoport-Albert—outgoing chair of Jewish Studies at University College London, and author and editor of many acclaimed works including Hasidism Reappraised.

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A daylong event will be held in New York this Sunday featuring a noteworthy list of Chabad scholars led by pre-eminent Chassidic thinker Rabbi Yoel Kahn—chief transcriber and editor of the teachings of The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory, and editor of the Encyclopedia of Chabad Thought (Sefer Ha’erchim Chabad); Rabbi Yaakov Leib Altein—editor-in-chief of the Heichel Menachem Publishing House and the Heichel Ha’Besht Journal; Rabbi Shalom DovBer Levin, scholar and author of numerous works about Rabbi Schneur Zalman; and Rabbi Yukusiel Farkash—a noted authority on Jewish law from Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, in Monsey, N.Y., Heichal Menachem, which regularly attracts participants to its Yiddish and English language classes and events from the wide-range of Chassidic and other Orthodox Jewish groups living in the area, hosted a gathering Saturday night. “It was the biggest event ever in our community,” said Rabbi Gedaliah Oberlander, saying that upward of 400 to 500 people attended.

Set to be held in a large wedding hall in Monsey, and featuring two speakers from Israel, Oberlander said he hoped that people went home with a deeper feeling for the Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s teachings and a renewed interest in regularly studying his works.

Rabbi Avrohom Jaffe, director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Manchester, England, explains that days like 24 Tevet, the anniversary of Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s passing, are special times for recollection and personal reflection, especially when related to an auspicious number like 200, for emphasizing who Rabbi Schneur Zalman was and how he can continue to bring inspiration to people’s lives.

Jaffe said in addition to resolving to carry his message in all aspects of their lives and emulating him where possible, he’s encouraging people to give charity in multiples of 200. His Chabad center will have speakers discussing the works and impact of Rabbi Schneur Zalman. And as at most events participants will join together in singing many of the spiritually elevating Chassidic melodies composed by him.

Chabad of the Laurentians and the Centre Chabad in Montreal, Canada will host events highlighting the Alter Rebbe’s history, thought and the impact of his teachings. Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Shalom Chriqui said he’s expecting some 100 to 120 people in each venue as they mark the 200 year anniversary. He’ll be encouraging people to study the Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s seminal work of Chabad Chassidic thought throughout the coming year, and said he expects people will be more sensitive then ever to its symbolism and message.

“It’s only human that this year there should be more effort and more impact than ever before,” he said.


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 Jan 06, 2013 at 05:16 PM Anonymous Says:

der alter rebbe zol zain a meilitz joisher far ins alle.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 06:22 PM monalisa Says:

Omayn!

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 09:14 PM Anonymous Says:

I say. He was a tzadik every year. In judism there is zero difference between the 200th anniversary and the 199th or the 201st. Its only propoganda from all organizations

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 09:26 PM bored Says:

I know it doesn't matter but I'm just curious, is v.i.n. owned & or operated by lubavitch? It just seems to be that there are a disproportionate amount of Chabad stories. Tracht gut Zul zayn gut.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 11:42 PM Anonymous Says:

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bored Says:

I know it doesn't matter but I'm just curious, is v.i.n. owned & or operated by lubavitch? It just seems to be that there are a disproportionate amount of Chabad stories. Tracht gut Zul zayn gut.

Its hard to know of course, but I have been critical of the ChaBaD on a number of their interactions and agendas and I have never been allowed to be printed online on this forum. Maybe this is not as bad and can be printed? If not, free speech is not being honored online.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 12:50 AM esther Says:

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bored Says:

I know it doesn't matter but I'm just curious, is v.i.n. owned & or operated by lubavitch? It just seems to be that there are a disproportionate amount of Chabad stories. Tracht gut Zul zayn gut.

dear bored,the expression is actually "trucht gut,vet zain gut".

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:23 AM russland Says:

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bored Says:

I know it doesn't matter but I'm just curious, is v.i.n. owned & or operated by lubavitch? It just seems to be that there are a disproportionate amount of Chabad stories. Tracht gut Zul zayn gut.

Or chabad just happens to be doing a lot more proportionately than everyone else! (they only have some 3000+ centres worldwide...)

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:28 AM bored Says:

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esther Says:

dear bored,the expression is actually "trucht gut,vet zain gut".

Thank you. Not my momma loshon. What's the linguistic difference?

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:30 AM russland Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I say. He was a tzadik every year. In judism there is zero difference between the 200th anniversary and the 199th or the 201st. Its only propoganda from all organizations

Where's the Mokor in Judaism for your exact words? Or YOU just don't know the Mokor, so YOU decided that "judaism" doesn't either?!
And what I DO know is: that Judaism believes in anything that brings to good deeds. I.e. all the Hachlotos Tovos people make in honor of the special occasion...
(so again, WHERE does "judaism" say Davka NOT to do anything in honor of 200 years?!?)

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 08:42 AM Michoel Dovid Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I say. He was a tzadik every year. In judism there is zero difference between the 200th anniversary and the 199th or the 201st. Its only propoganda from all organizations

There is something special about a yovel/jubilee year. 50 years ago the Lubavitcher Rebbe made a very big deal about it being 150 years. 100 years ago the Rebbe Rashab [5th Lubavitcher Rebbe] had important things to say. The Rebbe Rayatz [6th Lubavitcher Rebbe] speaks about the importance about milestone dates in his talks.

Every day and every year had significance to it and gives us what to think about in terms of avodas Hasham. Since this year is a special number there is no reason not to make an even bigger deal out of it.

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 09:20 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I say. He was a tzadik every year. In judism there is zero difference between the 200th anniversary and the 199th or the 201st. Its only propoganda from all organizations

Ever heard of Yovel?

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 Jan 07, 2013 at 10:39 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Ever heard of Yovel?

Yovel Gershinsky, Z'tl, was a big tzadik and talmid chacham but was not really a chabadnik....he grew up in lubavitch circles and I think was a rebbe in a lubavitch school but never really viewed himself as a "follower" of the rebbe.

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