The Alter Rebbe
A series of classes on the life of the Alter Rebbe given at Yeshivas Chovevai Torah, beginning in Adar 5773/2013.
The Alter Rebbe's illustrious ancestry, the seventh generation from the MahaRaL of Prague.
The family emigrated eastward where the Yiddishkiet was stronger.
Reb Schneer Zalman, the Alter Rebbe's father's father chose to be a Milamed; his wife Rochel and her origins.
Their two children Reb Boruch and Devorah Leah.
When their parents die young, Devorah Leah decides to never leave Vitebbsk while Reb Boruch vanishes at the age of fourteen.
Reb Boruch and Rebbetzin Rivka's engagement and marriage.
The child is slow in coming. a Neshama Chadasha takes 24 months. what to do when the child is born.
The celebration of 18 Elul 5505, the Ba'al Shem Tov's birthday and the Alter Rebbe's birth. that Tishrei was entirely joyous. the various instuctions of what to do with the child.
His upsherenish, his meeting the Baal Dhem Tov and the secrecy.
The celebration and Bracha on his 3rd birthday.
His Upsherenish, his moving to Lubavitch, Reb Yosef and Reb Yissochar Ber of Lubavitch, his genius.
In 5560 he marries Rebbetzin Sterna, the daughter of the Nagid Reb yehuda Leib Segal and relocates to Vittebsk.
What he does with his dowry and what he expects his talmidim to do.
His daughter Fraida.
In Mezritch: Tefilla and Torah also,
his decision to stay,
he learns who and what his Nehshama is.
1) The Alter Rebbe's return from Mezritch was not marked favorably by his wife's family,
2) He is forced to move back o Liozno,
3) The visit of 5528 (to Mezritch) and writing of the Shulchan Aruch.
The Alter Rebbe and the Viner Gaon,
the two attempts at meeting him and more. Once as a Nistar during the Magid's life and then again with prearrangement afterwards (along with Reb Mendel Horodoker/ Vitebsker).
In the Alter Rebbe's lexicon, the GRA was the 'Chossid'. Chasideoi Talak.
1) The Maggid passes away.
2) He promises the Alter Rebbe a son and teaches him the Kabbalah to all the minhagim around a birth and Bris,
3) He tells him that his life will be hard, but he and the Baal Shem Tov will help form heaven,
5) Reb Avrohom the Malach,a Rebbe for a few years until his passing.
The Alter Rebbe and Reb Mendel Horodoker, the trip to Eretz Yisroel and the return.
The Alter Rebbe returns from his effort at going to Eretz Yisroel, resettles in Liozna. The Chadurim and the Takanos Lionzna.
This class introduces our discussion of what ChaBaD Chassidus is. It is the idea of Chassidus in a Pnimyus (internalized way).
Torah in ChaBaD vs. ChaGaS. internal vs. external fire.
More on ChaBaD and Poilin. Shirayim Shalom, Torah difference.
Class Thirteen, Chabad (4).
5542-3: The meeting and Vohlin.
The alter Rebbe is severely criticized by his fellow Talmidei HaMaggid and is deeply hurt by it.
He reacts by doing more to spread Chassidus.
Reb Levi Yitzchok Barditchiver's story. His ouster from Pinsk.
The visit to the Alter Rebbe , His refusal to participate in the Cherem.
The year 5552.
The Kitrug, Shavuos, Devorah Leah and her sacrifice.
Rosh Hashana 5553, The Levaya and the Tzemach Tzedek.
This class (begins) explores the history of the Tanya, and it's four stages: 1) Yechodus, 2) Ma'amarim, 3) Manuscript, 'kuntreisim, 4) The printed Tanya.
This class has some detail on Yechidsu.
Introduction to the Alter Rebbe's arrest.
The Vilner Gaon's passing, Sukkos 5658.
Hirsh Ben Baruch; the first arrest looked worse but the second one was in fact worse.
The GR"A passes away, setting the stage for the arrest.
Hirsh Ben Baruch, wrote Shavuos time 5558.
The Arrest, he escapes returns, is taken.
Shabbos on the side of the road.
1) Visit of the Czar
2) Cross Examination and questions and answers,
3) Kidush Levana
4) Visit of the Ba'al Shem Tov and the maggid of Mezrirch.
1) translating the alter Rebbe's written responses, the Shliach in Vilna,
2) Released on 19 Kislev,
3) Reb Nota Nutkin's apartment three hours worse than fifty three days,
4) 20 Kislev.
The second arrest
the celebration wasn't complete until after the release the second time.
Meeting some great Misnagdim
5561. The death of Czar Paul, Leaving Petersburgh,
Liadi,the expansion of Chassidus.
The Liadi period.
2) The Zlobiner Chassunah,
3) New decrees.
The dispute with friends is the hardest:
1) Reb Avrohom Kalsiker,
2) Reb Boruch of Mezibuz.
Disputes with friends cont.
3) The apter Rebbe,
4) reb Mordechai of Tchernubil.
The war of Napoleon (1).
The dispute among Tzadikim who should win.
The hatred the Alter Rebbe had for napoleon.
Pesach 5572 Reb Mendel Riminover, Reb Naftoli of Ropshits and the Matzos.
Leaving Liadi, Rosh Hashana and the Shofar, the Russians escaping, Pienne his Histalkus
More next time.
The war of Napoleon and the Alter Rebbe's Histalkus (1).
The Mitteler Rebbe's reaction
The Rebbetzin Fraida's reaction.
Two Baalei Tshuiva fifteen years after he passed away.
the three Tzadikim tried again in 5575 and what happened.
this class given at Beis Midrash Linashim as a farbrengen for 24 Teves 5775, explores in short the alter Rebbe's three Rebbes 1) the holy Maggid, 2) his son the Angel 'Reb Avrohom HaMalch' and Reb Mendel of Horodok.
The Alter Rebbe distinguished himself (also) in his involvement with Baalei Teshuva. Some stories.
The Alter Rebbe's entire life (on a personal level) was an endless pursuit of absolute truth.
The Tanya written by a Rebbe for Beinonim that is truly on their level not his own.
This class given at Beth Rivkah Seminary on 24 teves 5775,
In this class it is underscores that the Tanya is a most encouraging (rather than discouraging) book, as it accepts the struggle of the ordinary person.
Ideally it empowers one to 'never sin again',
but one who cannot, learns from the Tanya never to give up!
The Alter Rebbe's final years (that were so positive) were interrupted (and ended) by the Napoleonic war. The Alter Rebbe's attitude and response to Napoleon and his ideas.
A thought based a comment made by the Chossid Reb Shmuel Ber Barisover about the alter Rebbe.
Its four stages of development.
One of the most interesting things about the evolution of the Torah of the seven Rabbeiim of CHABAD is their loyalty to the past. The result is an incredible uniformity in their discourses. It can all be traced back to the Alter Rebbe.
A class about the intent of the Alter Rebbe in making his nusach. It may be very holy and precise but it is for everyone.See below for another version of the same.
Three Classes on introductions.
In conjunction with his 200th Yahrtzeit on 24 Teves 5773/2013 these classes were given on the hakdamos of three of his Sefraim.
The Alter Rebbe's Siddur, a clear author and purpose, to be 'the thirteenth gate'.
Reb Avrohom Dovid Lavut's introduction (the Maggid's Torah) and the joining of 1) Kabbalah, 2) Halacha, and 3) Dikduk. The Maharil's letter.
Shuve' lichul Nefesh.
The introduction to the Shulchan Aruch of the Alter Rebbe. By his sons.
It reveals the Holy Maggid's inspiration from 'on High' to find one of his students to write this Shulchan Aruach and how the task fell to the Alter Rebbe.
Some history about the Alter Rebbe's finding his way to the Maggid is also included.
Introduction to the Tanya was written by the Alter Rebbe himself and reveals the interest of Chassidim in Chassidus and the difficulties in acquiring it.
10 Merits and Challenges. (5669).
(The Alter Rebbe himself spoke of ten positive things and ten painful things that happened in his lifetime).
The ten Merits.
The ten challenges.