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Today in Jewish History: 24 Tevet, Passing of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad Lubavitch

Today in Jewish History: 24 Tevet, Passing of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

The end of 1812 found Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, also known as the Alter Rebbe, journeying through small towns and villages, distancing himself and his family from the Napoleonic invasion of Russia. After five months of travel, his convoy arrived in P’yene in the dead of winter. The townspeople provided food and accommodations for the refugees, but the journey had been rough and on the 24th of Tevet, 5573 (1812), at the close of Shabbat, the Alter Rebbe’s soul returned to its maker.

The Alter Rebbe is the founder of the Chabad movement, his magnum opus being the Tanya, a work of Chassidic wisdom. He is also the ancestor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. His legacy is today’s Chabad movement which is active all over the world. 


The Hebrew inscription on his tomb reads as follows:

Here is concealed the Holy Ark 

The great and Divine Rav, pious and humble 

Holy and pure, diadem of Ariel 

Crown of the Torah, wellspring of wisdom 

He practiced the righteousness of G‑d and his judgements with Israel 

And many did he turn away from sin 

Our master and teacher Schneur Zalman, son of Baruch, may his soul rest in Eden 

Longing for holiness, his soul returned to G‑d 

On the first day of the week, 24th of Tevet

In the year 5573 from Creation

 

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