Today, Beis Nissan, marks the Yahrtzeit of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn “Rebbe Rashab”, who passed away in Rostov, Russia, in 5680 • Full Article
Today, Beis Nissan, marks the Yahrtzeit of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn “Rebbe Rashab”, who passed away in Rostov, Russia, in 5680.
The Rebbe RaShab was born in the White Russian town of Lubavitch in 5621. After the histalkus of his father, the Rebbe MaHaRash, he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch and became the fifth Nosi.
Famed for his phenomenal mind and analytical treatment of Chabad Chassidism, the Rebbe wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of nesius. In the year 5657, he established the Tomchei Tmimim Yeshivah, the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the “body” of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical “soul” (the teachings of Chassidus); it was this unique Yeshivah that produced the army of learned,Chayolei Beis Dovid, fired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.
In 5675, Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and relocated to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. In his final years, he began the heroic battle against the new Communist regime’s efforts to destroy the Jewish faith throughout the Soviet Union.