Lives of the Chabad Rebbeim classes

Individual Classes on the Lives of the Rebbeim of Chabad

Category Title Description
The Baal Shem Tov.The Baal Shem Tov.
The Alter RebbeListen to the audio classes of the history, lessons, and teachings of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (The Rav). The Alter Rebbe was the student of the Maggid of Mezrich and the teacher and father of the Mitteler Rebbe. Presented by Rabbi Paltiel. The Alter Rebbe was born on CHAI ELUL and passed away CHOF DALED TEVES. Part of the New Rebbeim Audio Series given by Rabbi Paltiel.
The Holy Maggid.The Holy Maggid.
The Mitteler Rebbe.The Mitteler Rebbe.
The Tzemach Tzedek.The Tzemach Tzedek.
The Rebbe Maharash.The Rebbe MahaRaSh.
The Rebbe Rashab.The Rebbe RaShaB.
The Frierdike Rebbe Rayatz.The (Frierdike) Rebbe Rayatz.
The Rebbe.The Rebbe.
The Rebbetzin.The Rebbetzin.
Stories Of Chassidim
Stories Of The Raza's Life (rebbe Rashab's Older Brother)Insights into the Raza's Life (Rebbe Rashab's Older Brother) MP3 The fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Maharash (Rebbe Shmuel) had two sons: the older Rabbi Zalman Aharon (Raza) and younger Rabbi Sholom Dovber (Rashab)

Insights into the Raza's Life (Rebbe Rashab's Older Brother) MP3 The fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Maharash (Rebbe Shmuel) had two sons: the older Rabbi Zalman Aharon (Raza) and younger Rabbi Sholom Dovber (Rashab)

The Rebbe Class One.
A three part series (given at the BESHT) about the Rebbe . In the first class are some stories about the Rebbe's early life.



The Rebbe Class Two.
Classes two and three explore some of the Rebbe's unique hashkafa priorities. Theses classes (are of course not meant to be definitive. They do (however) provide some food for thought about some very important ideas and attitudes.



The Rebbe Class Three.
Cont. Class Two.



An overview of some ideas and quotes that are basic to the Rebbe's teachings.



Two Classes (Beth Rivkah Seminary 5780) On the Mitteler Rebbe His Generation: The Mitteler Rebbe was a Rebbe for only 15 years but it was a most intense period, he raised his chassidim to extraordinary heights.



His Demand: The Order of the day in the Mitteler Rebbe's generation was to be steeped in the study of Elokus to the point of mesiras Nefesh: there was nothing else.



Third Class: His time as Rebbe was most intense and his Chassidim lived "the Knowledge of G-d".



Class Four (5781): The intensity of his Nesius.



Stories and thoughts about the Rebbe, leadership and sacrifice. The audio quality isn't that good, we're sorry.



A cross section of ideas about tzaddikim from a concordance covering the Tanach, Shas, and Zohar (Mikhlol Ha-Meamrim ve Ha-Pitgamim) interspersed with stories of the Alter Rebbe and other tzaddikim. MP3







The younger daughter of the Previous Rebbe and sister of the Rebbetzin. Click here to see classes.



1) Defiance, 2) Principle, 3) Sacrifice, 4) Action.



1) The Rebbe wrote חי' מושקא is גימטריא 470= ע"ת this means a generation. Tzadikim create their own time. 2) She felt other's lives, especially those who sacrificed to do her husband's bidding. 3) Her Brachos- no pre-conditions.

A talk I gave at Machon LiYahadus relating how I experienced her passing and what happened subsequently.

A Rebbe makes choices (not mistakes).



More stories (early years) (5767). This talk on the childhood years of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson) will be enjoyed by the whole family. The stories of the Rebbe's childhood provide insight into his character and great accomplishments but also the period in which he grew up. There may be some repetition here.



14 Kislev story (5772/2011), before, during and after.



The Yud SHVAT story (5766). The Previous Rebbe's passing and the Rebbe's ascent to leadership.



Farbrengen "The Rebbe's Koach" (5774).



Class One. The biography of the Rebbe. His origins, ancestors and early years part one. Born in Nikolayev and his wondrous childhood. At the age of seven they moved to Yeketrinislav (Dineperputruvsk).



Class Two. Stories about the Rebbe's early years. His intellectual genius in Torah and all other areas of knowledge. The immigrants in World War 1; The Typhus epidemic. Did not know the Rebbe RAShaB.



Class Three. 1) The Rebbe's father and Rebbe, 2) Meeting the Rebbetzin, 3) Visiting the Frierdiker Rebbe in Rostov and Leningrad, 4) His involvement in the underground work.



Class Four. 5766-9. 1) The meeting in Kurustien, 2) The Frierdike Rebbe in jail and deciding to leave Russia, 3) Leaving Russia, the final goodbye in Yekatrinislav; 4) The Frierdike Rebbe moves to Riga and the Rebbe goes to Berlin; 5) the preparations for the wedding.



Class Five. The Rebbe's wedding, in Warsaw. The all night affair attended by many Tzadikim. His father's letters and the wedding in Yeketrinislav that night.



Class Six. Reb Menchem Zemba, Reb Meir Shapiro; Instructed to Farbreng with Anash on occasions; Returns to Berlin (until the Nazis YM"Sh came to power); The Rebbetzin Shaindel, her husband Menachem Mendel HaKohein, their wedding and relationship with the Rebbe and Rebbetzin.



Class Seven. Years 5633-5. The Rebbe met various Gedolim; His involvement with the Frierdike Rebbe's writings and the HaTamim.



Class Eight. 5696-5701. The Rebbe gets involved with Tomchei Tmimim in Poland (but must leave after a few months), Meets the Belzer Rebbe, Assists the Frierdike Rebbe on his visit to Paris in 1937, Leaves Paris as the war starts and arrives in New York one year later. Some stories about this period.



Class Nine. Coming to America. Four tasks: 1) Kehos, 2) Machanei Yisroel (an organization for Frumer that operated in secret), 3) Merkaz LiInyonei Chinuch, 4) Chevra Kadisha. During the war he worked at the Navy Yard. The Hayom Yom.



Class Ten. 1) Kovetz Lubavitch and the T'shuvos UBiurim, 2) The Rebbe's Hagada, 3) His visit to Paris and getting his mother, and meeting the Chassidim, 4) The Frierdike Rebbe's Histalkus and the Rebbe's ascent to his leadership.





Introduction to the Page:

A series of classes given at the Beis Rivka Seminary in Brooklyn, highlighting many of the Rebbe's very original ideas to preserve and strengthen Yiddishkeit. This series is based on the Rebbe's biography found in the beginning of the "Hayom Yom".



1. North Africa. The first and perhaps most successful of the Rebbe's undertakings. Building Yeshivos in these Sfardik lands, preparing the Jews for the emigrating (and challenges) that were to follow.



2. Dor HaShvii. Dor HaShvii, the statement the Rebbe made on 10 Shvat 5711. We are the seventh and are destined to bring the Shechina down to the world.



2a. The Rebbe's Sichos. An overview of the place of Farbrengens by Chassidim and the Rabbeiim and the unique style of the Rebbe. The transcription and editing of the Sichos. Likutei Sichos, Sefer HaSichos etc.



2b. Maamarim and the Rebbe's Maamarim. A brief history of the Rebbe's Maamarim and an overview of the development of Chabad Torah (in Maamarim) over the seven generations since the Alter Rebbe including the fact that all maamarim are "The Alter Rebbe's".



2c. The Rebbe's Ma'amarim (particularly) (5773/2013). A second class on Ma'amarim outlining the Ma'amarim of the Rebbe in particular. 1) He did not say Ma'amarim until he became Rebbe, 2) The Ma'amarim initially started with a Sicha, 3) They were (for the most part) during farbrengens, 4) He did not write them, 5) He did not even edit most of them until the most recent times, 6) Ma'amar which is in the tune of a Sicha, 7) Miracles associated with Ma'amarim, 8) When did they stop.



2d. Igros Kodesh. An overview of the printing of the letters of the Rabbeiim. Some thoughts on the printing of the Rebbe's Igros.



3. Merkaz Shlichus. Merkaz Shlichus. An endeaver started by the Rebbe RaYatz, that was in many cases planting seeds for later harvest.



4. "Reshes Oholei Yosef Yitzchok Lubavitch" The dayschools the Rebbe established in Eretz Yisroel (as a "Zerem bilti Zrami" Not affiliated with the religious or the secular) Reb Zusha, "the partisan"..



5. Tzeirei Agudas Chabad. Tzeirei Agudas Chabad. The Rebbe's vision to use their initiative and youthful enthusiasm to change Israel and the world. Offensive rather than defensive war.



6. Agudas Neshei Ubnos Chabad. Empowering and giving leadership roles to women.



7. Mivtza Lulav and Matza. The first two Mivtzoyim: Lulav and Matza. Letters and Sichos. What they mean.



8. Keren HaShana. The Alter Rebbe had explained 200 years ago that nowadays the answer to all issues and the primary Avoda is action, namely: Tzedaka. To guarantee giving tzedaka everyday give to the keren which will give for you each day of the year.



8b. Tahalucha.
This class was added in 5781 (2020).
The idea of Chazaras Chassidus expanded to include (simply) walking along with the one who does the actual Chazara.
This campaign was very near and ear to the Rebbe.
He explained how important "serving Hashem (even) with the feet" is.
He connected it to Moshiach.



9. Issue of Chinuch and Limudei Chol. The Rebbe's argument about priorities and principle and being proud of our traditions. (Short) 9a. HaMalach HaGoel. Toras Menachem vol. 7 Page 76. Children and HaMalach Hagoel. a custom the Rebbe maintained for a few years, having the children sing and Simchas Torah and having someone bless them with the Possuk HaMalach HaGoel.



9a. Hamalach HaGoel, a Simchas Torah tradition that seems to have lasred only a few years.



10. The Nigunim. The Rebbe teaching Nigunim. He taught 14 in total and ten of them in successive years on Simchas Torah. Some thoughts and anecdotes.



11. Camp [Gan Yisroel]. Camp Gan Yisroel Its vision definition and hope (prospects).



12. Yad HaChamisha. The Story of Kfar Chabad, the massacre in the Bais Sefer Limlacha, Yad HaChamisha and the sending of the Shluchim (Bochurim) that summer, 5716.



12A. 12a. The story of Ufaratzta from the Sichos. [Click Here]
From 1 Tamuz 5718 onward the Rebbe pushed Chabad Chassidim forward using this slogan and theme, these are the Sichos that reveal the happenings back then.
Sixty years later we learned these Sichos you can listen by clicking above.








13. Years 5716-5721. Years 5716-21. 1) Kfar Chabad tragedy the Shluchim and Yad Hachamisha, 2) Ufaratzta, 3) Alter Rebbe's Maamarim begin being published, 4) Shamil's Niggun, 5) 200 years of the Baal Shem Tov, 6) Tanya on the Radio, 7) Nichoach etc.



14. Years 5722-5726. Years 5722-6: 1) 150 years of the Alter Rebbe's histalkus, 2) His mothers passing and the introduction of the RaShi Sichos, 3) Tzemach tzedek's 100th Yahrtzeit and the printing of his Chassidus etc.



15. The Six day war and the Rebbe. "The Six Day War", the Rebbe's optimism, The Tefillin campaign and the Teshuva hisorerus that the Rebbe saw as unfolding from it.



15a. A folder of classes on Sichos and more on the six day war [Click Here]
In conjunction with 50 years since the six day war (5727-5777/ 1967-2017) we reviewed the Sichos spoken at that time about this event and its affect and meaning spiritually, you can listen to those classes by clicking above..






15b. Shlaimus HaAretz, not to trade land for (so called) peace. Shlaimus HaAretz, the Rebbe's stand (starting just after after the Six Day war) not to give away any of the territories we had liberated by the grace and with the great miracles of Hashem to anyone. 1) It's our land, 2) One isn't allowed al pi din to gamble with Jewish lives using diplomacy. The spirit of the Rebbe's view is: There is no nation of G-d without the Torah of G-d, and only Torah can give correct resolution to the questions facing Israel today, even when dealing with geopolitics.



16. Moshiach's Sefer Torah. 1) Shchuna upkeep, 2) Nachalas Har Chabad, 3) Siyum Sefer Torah of Moshiach. The history behind it and the story.



17. Mihu Yehudi. Mihu Yehudi, the "small" change in the law of return that removed the word "KiHalacha" from that law, defining converts (who convert outside of Israel) as Jewish even if they been converted in ways that defy Halacha.



18. Years 5731-33. 5731 fill the world with Torah, 5732 71 Mosdos, Russian immigrants help, 5733 Anticipation of the upcoming war in Israel and children.



19. The Yom Kippur war. The Yom Kippur War. How the Rebbe preempted it with an incredible focus on children and the Koach they have to defeat all kinds of Yiddishe enemies. The Sicha of 13 Tishrei 5734.



20. Mivtzoyim. Mivtzoyim. 1) The "Mivtza Tank" idea, 2) Actions, as a Shmira and to arouse the inner Jew, 3) The story in Maalot and the Tefillin, 4) The two Mivtzoyim of Kashrus and Taharas HaMishpacha and the idea of inner purity for the sake of faith.



21. Mivtza Chanuka, Chanuka gelt; and Mivtza Purim Mivtza Purim and Chanuka, holidays of Mesiras Nefesh have a Neshama connection with even the most assimilated Jews. Chanuka gelt, why money and why on Chanuka?



22. Shnas HaChinuch (5736/1976) Introduction to the 12 Pesukim. 5775-6. 1) Two more Mivtzoyim: Kashrus and Taharas HaMishpacha, 2) Rabbeinu Tam's Tefillin, 3) Shnas (the year of) Chinuch (Torah Education) 4) Introduction to the twelve Pesukim.



23. The Twelve Pesukim. The twelve Pesukim. Children involving themselves in chinuch of other children.



24. Years 5736-8. Years 5736-8.1) Beis HaBechira in the three weeks, 2) Instead of a fast redeem your meal, 3) Arizal's Yahrtzeit, 4) Joining Torah and Tzedaka (along with Tefilla) in all Mosdos, 5) Hakafos Shniyos, 6) Hemshech Ayin Beis, 7) Sefer Halikutim (of the Tzemach Tzedeks' Chassidus), 8) Shtuchim issue.



26. Mashpiim and Asei Lecha Rav. Mashpiim and Asei Licha Rav. For our own Ruchniyus as well as to help us get (the Rebbe's) answers to all kinds of life questions. In 5737 and again in 5746-7 the Rebbe underscored the need for this. The Sichos said shortly after the Rebbetzin was Nistalek (passed away) are included here (in part) as well.



27. Jewish Meditation. Jewish meditation. Introduction, the 70's and the age of cults. The Rebbe responds to separate what is good from bad in this. To use meditation in a Kosher way for medical purposes.



28. Tzivos Hashem. (5739) The Iranian children, spending money to travel to weddings, Children's Sidurim (Erev Shavuos), Jewish meditation, (5740) Lag BaOmer parade goes international, Family Planning, (5741) Tzivos Hashem, why an army. Hakheil.



29. The Public Sefer Torah For children (and for adults). [(5741) Hakheil, Simchas Beis Hashoaiva, Mafteach on Maamarei Admor HaZakein, Birkas Hachama], Children's and Adult's Sefer Torah, unifying Jewish children from all over the world through Torah.[Russian Jews choosing where to live, (5742)].



30. Sheva Mitzvos Bnei Noach. [(5742) 1) the abbreviations connected to Moshiach, 2) Tanya for 11 Nissan, 3) The war of Shalom haGalil, (5743) 1) 100 years since the Rebbe MaharaSh's histalkus, 2] The seven laws of Noach, 3) A Moment of silence, the campaign and it's spirit. Education must be about G-d and morality.



31. Hareini Mikabel; Children and kosher toys. Two campaigns from the year 5744: 1) Children should play with mascots that represent Kosher animals, 2) People should add to the Davening nusach Hareini Mikabel (before) and Ach Tzadikim after the Davening due to the situation in the world.



32. The Takana of learning RaMbaM. The Takana of learning RaMaBaM. The story and anecdote.



33. The Story of the Sefarim. The Sefarim Story. excerpts of the Sichos of 1) Tamuz 5745, 2) Chanuka 5746, 3) 5 Teves 5747, 4) 5 Teves 5748.



Introduction: The Moshiach Story and Campaign. Moshiach's story as it relates to Chassidus,

34. Part One. The Baal Shem Tov's letter, The story of the French and Russian war, the Alter Rebbe and his friends, The Rebbe RaShaB and the talk of Simchas Torah 5648, World War 1, Germany and the Rebbe RaShaB and the results of that war (spiritually).



35. Part Two. Moshiach (2). Tomchei Tmimim, leaving Russia, Latvia, Poland, the decision to go back in time (to the traditional Rebbe role) and his eventual forced move to the United States.



36. Part Three. Moshiach (3). Coming to America, The Sefer Torah to greet Moshiach, The Kol Korais, Becoming an American citizen while supporting Eretz Yisroel.



37. Part Four. Moshiach (4). 1) Basi Ligani and the Rebbe's leadership, 2) The mems (1980s), when the Rebbe linked the abbreviations of each year to Moshiach, 3) 28 Nissan 5751 and Purim 5747. Giving over to the generation, 3) The miracles in Russia and all over.





Moshiach Longer Version (5776)



Class One. 1) RaMbaM predicting return of (special kind of) Prophecy as preparation for the coming, The Rebbe connects this to the great onset and radiation of Kabalah and Mikubalim at the time the RaMbaM predicted (4,976/1276)/ 2) The Arizal- beginning of the third Ashmora of the night. BeShT morning of sixth millennium, All these Tzadikim were Prophets, as part of what RaMbaM foretold.



Class Two. 3) The letter from Erev Rosh Hashana 5507, spreading Chassidus will bring Moshiach, according to Moshiach. 4) story of the war of 1812 the Alter Rebbe wanted Napoleon to lose so it would be better for Yidden spiritually. 5) The three Tzadikim in 5575 (1814-15) who tried to bring Moshiach and it didn't work out.



Class Three. 6) The Alter Rebbe's קץ [Ketz] of 5603 when he said 5608, the Likutei Torah was printed. The confusion about the details of this story. 7) מאמר אין הקב"ה בא בטרוניא עם בריותיו תרמ"ח, the story and the event, the simple people's responses and the smart man's cynicism and the Rebbe RaShaB's declaration that even the greatest intellectuals must put the intellect aside to survive the last of the Golus or מרה תהי' אחריתם and how all this came to pass. 8) The שיחה כל היוצא למלחמת בית דוד the two stages in the Blasphemers before Moshiach, the Rebbe's talk from 5745 where he says that these words were an open prophecy.



Class Four. 9) The Rebbe RaShaB's קץ for the year תרס"ו (it is 1905-6), based on the calculation that it is סוף זמן תפילה of Friday morning of the sixth millennium. 10) World War 1. This class explores the 'behind the scenes' of the Rabbeiim, and how these things play out in spiritual terms. He saw Kaiser Wilhelm as the new Napoleon. We suggested that this time around the philosophy of Napoleon won, though the Germans technically lost.



Class Five. 11) All of the Rabbeiim's travels are part of a master plan, though they don't move until forced. No Jew chooses exile, but when it is forced on the Tzadik, the Nassi, it is not nature taking its course, but the Divine Hand leading him. 12) Polishing the buttons 5689, 1928. 13) America and the question of relocation, the Rebbe RaYaTz could not leave Europe yet, and -in the end- he would not leave until forced by the second world war, but coming to america was -in the end- inevitable.



Class Six. 14) Relocating to America. The Rebbe didn't want to go, God Almighty brought him here, and he saw his being here as an "השגחה העליונה שליחות". His first day in America, the warning of his good friends and his response. The gradual but miraculous change of America. The gradual melting of the ice.



Class Seven. 15) ספר תורה לקבלת פני משיח. The effort, the writing, the closeting, and the finishing in 5730. near 10 Shvat. 16) Some on the newspaper הקריאה והקדושה.



Class Eight. Supplement, The entire nusach of the four Kol Korai. 17) The four declarations, קול קורא. The idea that Jews are like everyone else will bring us to suffer with all the world needlessly, but we must believe that we are different, and we do this through Teshuva. The birth-pangs of Moshiach can be avoided or softened through this effort. The refusal to heed these cries makes the suffering unavoidable, so the Rebbe turns to consolation: we will survive and in very short order Moshiach will come.



Class Nine. 18) Citizenship. the Rebbe organized it, private but meaningful event. Pictures and video. 19) The first Ma'amar Basi Ligani, the seventh generation, our task, setting about doing the unthinkable, he is not finished and he will see it through. 20) Since 5715 nothing stands in the way of Moshiach...



Class Ten. 21) abbreviations of years beginning with 5742 onward. 22) The chain letter idea to announce to people the sources to demand Moshiach. 23) תשמח תשמח הקהל and תשמט ידיך and the predictions beginning שבועות תשמ"ט.



Class Eleven. 24) Miracles that indicate the changes in the world that are proof of the imminent coming of Moshiach [תולדות ה'תש"ן]. 25) Russia: the death of Stalin and the Rebbe 26) The Cuban Missile crisis and the Rebbe. 27) Lag BaOmer 5740 at the Parade 28) Erev Rosh Hashana "Paratkes" and Ma'amar of ראה נתתיך אלוקים לפרעה and its affects. 29) Gorbachev and the predicted improvements to the lives of the Jews and religious observance. 30) The summer of 1991, Gorbachev's arrest and the Rebbe's "כפשוט", open prophecy.



Class Twelve. This pdf is for the next several classes. 31) A change of approach, and a desire that we reveal and celebrate every miracle that occurs. 32) The Gulf War, the fear, the Rebbe's Promise and the preciseness of his prophecies, Purim the war ends. 33) the Yalkut Shimoni, the miracles of the scuds 34) Perhaps what is happening now is the true and full fruition of the Yalkut. Two summers ago (5774) 4,000 rockets fell (from much closer) on Israel. All around Israel our enemies are in the midst of destroying themselves. Open your eyes and you'll see.



Class Thirteen. 35) The Ketz- end of Nissan 5751 כלו כל הקיצין כפשוטו ממש. 36) 28 Sivan coming to the lowest place and achieving the highest things. 37) Shabbos Shoftim- a Prophet and a Prophecy.



Class Fourteen. 38) Mishpatim 5752, the disarmament taking place in New York is from the effects of Moshiach himself. 39) To the Shluchim, what remains is for them to prepare the road for the final Shaliach- Moshiach to begin his mission. They must be מקבל פני משיח צדקינו בפועל ממש.



Class Fifteen. 40) 28 Nissan 5751 what came before it and the great shock of that Sicha. 41) Purim 5747, an earlier very elaborate version of the Sicha of 28 Nissan 5751, where the Rebbe introduced the timeliness of Moshiach and explained the campaign. The why and the how (part one).



Class Sixteen. 42) Purim 5747 continued. The seven Mitzvos of Noach. 43) The answer it's the time. 44) It has has gone over from the head to all of us. 45) King Hoshea ben Aila removing the roadblocks and bringing suffering to all the Yidden. How is this different?



Class Seventeen. 46) Talking again and again about what we must do to bring Moshiach, one good deed etc. 47) The idea of יתבררו ויתלבנו ויצרפו רבים as an additional indicator of the imminence of the coming of Moshiach. The examples from all kinds of extreme events happening on the world, both good and bad.





To post seminary girrls. Some stories, insights and a lesson.

In 5770 The Kehos publication society published a complete volume of letters (Igros Kodesh RaYatz 15) from the Frierdike Rebbe to his daughter (the Rebbetzin) and his Son-in-law (The Rebbe). Here are some excerpts.



This is a talk from 2005 given on the occasion of the yahrtzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s wife – Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson (the daughter of the previous Rebbe). It is a collection of stories about her life and a discussion of the lessons to be drawn from them. The talk ends with a moving anecdote emphasizing the parental relationship that the Rebbe and Rebbetzin had with their shluchim (representatives) around the world.



before, during and after.

There is nothing simple about the Rebbetzin's being simple.



The Rebbetzin is like Sovev Kol Almin, what this may mean.

Stories. Her life and secrecy.
Chof Beis (22) Shevat - Stories of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka with a focus on who she really was as a person. A wonderful and uplifting shiur about a great Jewish woman and a role model.



The period before, during and after the Rebbe RaYatz histalkus.



Coming home, Birchas HaGomel. Short thought.



Continuation of story.



The story of Mesiras Nefesh in Soviet Russia.



15 SIVAN. Long Version. (5769). The day the Frierdike Rebbe was arrested.



The year 5687/1927 the Rebbe was arrested. This arrest could hardly be considered a total surprise. Here's the story of this momentous year.



From his fifteenth birthday his father made him his personal secretary and a servant ("'Till Mesiras Nefesh) for Klal Yisroel.

Class One. The biography of the Frierdike Rebbe until his Nesius. 1) His childhood, 2) Mishnayos Baal Peh, 3) the RaShabaTz, 4) his Arrest, 5) his Father's Chinuch, 6) His 15th birthday and becoming a public servant, 7) going to meetings, 8) his wedding, 9) Tomchei Tmimim, 10) the Tzoris and how he was involved, 11) the meeting in 5670, and more.



Class Two. 1) His Father passes away and his Nesius begins (in 5680), 2) His father's Tzava'a, 3) the world changes and he adapts. 4) The incredible undertakings and success of his initial activities, 5) The private enterprise that allows people to keep Shabbos in Russia, 6) Agudas ChaBaD in America, 7) Moving to Leningrad, 8) The Yeshiva in Bukhara, and more.



Class Three. 1) The arrest, 2) liberation, 3) KastramA, 4) coming home, 5) Malachavka, 6) the decision to leave to leave Russia, 7) Tishrei 5688, 8) Riga, 9) Travels, deciding where to live, America, Israel etc., 10) Poland, 11) Utvutzk, 12) the war starts.



Class Four. 1) America, 2) Tomchei Tmimim, 3) New York and not Lakewood, 4) Machanei Yisroel.



Class Five. 1) (Machanei Yisroael and then ) 2) Merkaz LiInyanei Chinuch, 3) Kehas, Ho'tza'as Otzar HaChasidim, 4) establishing Yeshivos all over the Eastern Sea Board, 5) NiCho'aCh.



Class Six. 5704-7,1) Kovetz Lubavitch, 2) TheLishka LiPlaitim in Paris, 3) Jewish Farmer's assistance, and more.



Class Seven. 5708-10. 1) Israel, Zionism and the Rabbeiim, 2) The Immigrants to Eretz Yisroel and keeping them frum (and aware of the dangers of Secular Zionism), 3) North African idea and its' great success; which would be undertaken by the Rebbe after the passing of the Frierdike Rebbe.



In conjunction with his 200th Yahrtzeit on 24 Teves 5773/2013 these classes were given on the hakdamos of three of his Sefarim.



The Siddur. 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 Shulchan Aruch. 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 Aruch 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.



The Tanya. 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.



(The Alter Rebbe himself spoke of ten positive things and ten painful things that happened in his lifetime). The ten Merits. Class 1. Class 2. The ten challenges. Class 3. Class 4. Class 5. Class 6.





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.

Its four stages of development.

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.

Below is the accomplishments:

This class given at Beth Rivkah Seminary on 24 teves 5775, In this class it is underscored 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!



(5776/ 2016) A thought based a comment made by the Chossid Reb Shmuel Ber Barisover about the alter Rebbe.

His Emes (long version, Beis Rivka). His Emes (short, Beis Midrash Linashim).

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.



The Alter Rebbe distinguished himself (also) in his involvement with Baalei Teshuva. Some stories.

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 HaMalach' and 3) Reb Mendel of Horodok.



A series of classes on the life of the Alter Rebbe given at Yeshivas Chovevai Torah, beginning in Adar 5773/2013.



Class One. 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 Vitebsk while Reb Boruch vanishes at the age of fourteen.



Class Two. 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 instructions of what to do with the child. His upsherenish, his meeting the Baal Shem Tov and the secrecy. The celebration and Bracha on his 3rd birthday.



Class Three. 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 Vitebsk. What he does with his dowry and what he expects his talmidim to do. His daughter Fraida.



Class Four. In Mezritch: Tefilla and Torah also, his decision to stay, he learns who and what his Neshama is. Class Five. 1) The Alter Rebbe's return from Mezritch was not marked favorably by his wife's family, 2) He is forced to move back to Liozno, 3) The visit of 5528 (to Mezritch) and writing of the Shulchan Aruch.



Class Six. The Alter Rebbe and the Vilner Gaon, the two attempts at meeting him and more. Once as a Nistar during the Maggid'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'. Chasidei Talak.



Class Seven. 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 from heaven, 4) Stories, 5) Reb Avrohom the Malach, a Rebbe for a few years until his passing.



Class Eight. The Alter Rebbe and Reb Mendel Horodoker, the trip to Eretz Yisroel and the return.



Class Nine. The Alter Rebbe returns from his effort at going to Eretz Yisroel, resettles in Liozna. The Chadurim and the Takanos Lionzna.



Class Ten, Chabad (1) This class introduces our discussion of what ChaBaD Chassidus is. It is the idea of Chassidus in a Pnimyus (internalized way).



Class Eleven, Chabad (2) Torah in ChaBaD vs. ChaGaS. internal vs. external fire.



Class Twelve, Chabad (3). More on ChaBaD and Poilin. Shirayim Shalom, Torah difference.



Class Thirteen, Chabad (4).



Class Fourteen. 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 curse.



Class Fifteen. The year 5552. The Kitrug, Shavuos, Devorah Leah and her sacrifice. Rosh Hashana 5553, The Levaya and the Tzemach Tzedek.



Class Sixteen. The Tanya. This class (begins) explores the history of the Tanya, and its four stages: 1) Yechidus, 2) Ma'amarim, 3) Manuscript, 'kuntreisim, 4) The printed Tanya. This class has some detail on Yechidus.



Class Seventeen. 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.



Class Eighteen. The GR"A passes away, setting the stage for the arrest. Hirsh Ben Baruch, wrote Shavuos time 5558. The 'Vulfer'.



Class Nineteen. The Arrest, he escapes returns, is taken. Shabbos on the side of the road.



Class Twenty. 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.



Class Twenty One. 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.



Class Twenty Two. The second arrest. The celebration wasn't complete until after the release the second time. Meeting some great Misnagdim



Class Twenty Three. 5561. The death of Czar Paul, Leaving Petersburgh, Liadi,the expansion of Chassidus.



Class Twenty Four. The Liadi period. 1) Stories. 2) The Zlobiner Chassunah, 3) New decrees.



Class Twenty Five. The dispute with friends is the hardest: 1) Reb Avrohom Kalisker, 2) Reb Boruch of Mezibuz.



Class Twenty Six. Disputes with friends cont. 3) The Apter Rebbe, 4) Reb Mordechai of Tchernubil.



Class Twenty Seven. 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.



Class Twenty Eight. The war of Napoleon and the Alter Rebbe's Histalkus (1). The Mitteler Rebbe's reaction. The Rebbetzin Fraida's reaction. Two Baalei Tshuva fifteen years after he passed away. The three Tzadikim tried again in 5575 and what happened.



The meeting after the Histalkus, the three decisions: 1) To diversify Chassidus, 2) To remain unified in the struggle with the Misnagdim, and to meet to discuss the progress every five years), 3) To send a delegation to [bring Chassidus to] the holy land.



1) The story of Chasidei 'TOLK', 2) Did Talmidei HaMagid put the GR"A in Cherem during his lifetime and if the Alter Rebbe participated, 3) Stories, 4) Histalkus Tzavaa etc. 5) What was decided after he passed he away.



1) His Torah, 2) the holy brothers, Reb Shmelka and Reb Pinchas, 3) The Volfer Rav, 4) visits from his former friends, Reb Michele Zlotchiver, 5) Reb Pinchas of Kuritz, the story of the King's crown and the precious stone,



The Maggid continued. He joined the Baal Shem Tov's movement very late. Why he was favored; a PAN from the Baal Shem Tov. Shavuos 5520, 5521 Reb Tzvi and the Maggid, The Maggid was a very great leader and reestablished the Chassidic movement, using a pyramid system.



The holy Maggid, his early years, his choice to be a Melamed, His poverty, His Rebbe the Pnei yehoshua, his coming to the Baal Shem Tov at the end of his Nesius.



Two short classes on the The Rebbe RaShaB's Histalkus.



Part One. Hiskashrus of our Rebbe and Beis Nissan.



Part Two. Hiskashrus, to be with his Chassidim at the moment of Histalkus. What is Hiskashrus?



The dramatic story of the Rebbe Rashab's passing on 2 NISSAN 5680.



Three generations, one chain and such great change. How are these three generations one, though on the outside, there seem to be fundamental differences between them.



A yid whose very essence was ''Avoda''. (5771).



The Rebbe (RaShaB) Nishmoso Eiden's efforts at spreading old Minhagei chassidim. Based on the introduction to the Kunteres "Umayan" and his tzava'a (will).



This class (or Farbrengen) explores the unique contribution of the Rebbe RaShaB to the philosophy of Chassidus ChaBaD. His orderly style and his resolving contradictions and streamlining of the language make his Ma'amarim far more learn-able than the Ma'amarim before him. Two ideas: 1) 'Tun (working to understand, clarify and correct: which only a Rebbe can do) in Chassidus'. 2) Writing for Avodah which anyone can do. The Hemsheichim, particularly the Ayin Beis and it's clarity. Tomchei Tmimim and the place the Ma'amarim played in that world.



This class is based on an episode related by the Frierdike' Rebbe in a new volume of Igros Kodesh. It relates a meeting between the young Rebbe RaShaB and older Chassidim. It reveals their love for him and their encouragement to him.



1. His Birth ( 5767).



2. His Birth, another version.



3. His Early Years. (5770).



4. 11 Elul (5634) His Wedding.



5. 11 Elul 5776 (thought)



A brief biography of Reb Hilel Paritcher who found his way to ChaBaD as a young man and became one the very greatest ChaBaD ever produced.

The decision to remain in Russia. The Rebbe MaHaRaSh was a Rebbe over very few Chassidim for a short time, but he made decisions which were incredibly far reaching, it reaches until us and beyond.



Based on a summary of the Rebbe MaHaRaSh's life published in the introduction to the "VeHecherim" (The first volume of his chassidus published by the Rabbeiim). Part One. Part Two.



Stories of his life (5768). Part One. His early years. As a Rebbe. Part one. Part Two.



Based on the introduction to the HaYom Yom.



In the spirit of the Rebbe commemorating his 200th Yahrtzeit we honored his 250th. Studying from the Tzava'as HaRiVaSh During the weeks leading up to Shavuos. Class One. Class two. Class Three.



Part One. Part Two. Part Three.



This is a new series that will IY"H review all of the details known about the Rabbeiim given at Chovevei Torah.



Lecture One. Neshama of the Baal Shem Tov, Eliyahu Hanavi tests his father, birth and early years. His father's will and death. The lonely years, He meets and joins up with the hidden Tzadikim.



Lecture Two. The Great plan to reverse the ills affected by Chmelenicii's pogroms: 1) Help with Parnassa (livelihood), 2) Help with Melamdim (tutors), 3) Raise the people's spirits.



Lecture Three. 1) His Hidden years, 2) His Marriage, 3) His Children.



Lecture Four. The Baal Shem tov's meeting his master Achiya HaShiloni, they learn for exactly ten years and the Baal Shem Tov is then forced to reveal himself.



Lecture Five. The history of Kabbala, Moshe, the Neviim, Anshei Kneses Hagedola('s shift to a center of Halacha and Nigla), RaShBi, the later trickle of Kabbala, Rediscovery of the Zohar, the arguments over her authenticity, The three giants: 1) Rav Meir ben Gabbai, Rav Moshe Cordoviru (the "RAMAK"), Arizal



Lecture Six. 1) The three great codifiers of kabbala: Reb Meir ben Gabbai (Avodas Hakodesh), The Ramak (Pardes Rimonim and more), and The Arizal (Eitz Chayim, Shmone' Sheurim etc.). The use of Kabala Maasis. 2) The story of Reb Yosef Yuzfa, and the birth of his son Reb Eliyahu Baal Shem. The three later baalei sheim culminating with reb Yisroael Baal Shem Tov.



Lecture Seven. The philosophy of Chassidus (1). 1) Elokus is everything and everything is Elokus, 2) Emunas Tzadikim. Then two philosophies to this: Chabad and Chagas.



Lecture Eight. The philosophy of Chassidus (2). Rachamana Liba Baii.The sincerity that the Baal Shem Tov celebrated above all else. Anashim Pshutim.



Lecture Nine. The philosophy of Chassidus (3). 1) Simcha, 2) Azov Taazov Imo. Looking after your physical health, 3) The preciousness of the Yiddisher Neshama.



Lecture Ten. The philosophy of Chassidus (4). The world. Chassidus' view of the creation (world): 1) Hashem creates the world ex nihilo every instant, [and is not only creating Yesh MiYesh] and, 2) there therefore is Hashgacha Protis, and that 3) Every detail in the creation and its' Hashgacha touches the central purpose of the entire creation.



Lecture Eleven. The philosophy of Chassidus (5). How special is a Jew. Some stories.



Lecture Twelve. The philosophy of Chassidus (6). Torah and Tefilla as they are enlightened and inspired by Chassidus and the Baal Shem Tov's derech.



Lecture Thirteen. The philosophy of Chassidus (7). Two points: 1) Mitzvos according to Chassidus, 2) Simcha as a yesod in Chassidus.



Lecture Fourteen. 1) The Baal Shem Tov reveals himself in spite of his objections, 2) The Toldos Yaakov Yosef, 3) The holy Magid (5773/2012-13).



Lecture Fifteen (Missing). Lecture Sixteen. 1) Misnagdim to the Baal Shem Tov (The Noda BiYehuda and the Vilner Gaon), 2) The Orach Chayim HaKadosh and the Baal Shem Tov., 3) The letter about aliyas haNeshama and Yafutzu Maayanosecha chutza.



Lecture Seventeen. 1) Tha Baals Shem Tov and Eretz Yisroel; 2) His Travels 3) and meeting all types of Yidden; 4) Stories.



Lecture Eighteen.



Lecture Nineteen. The Baal Shem Tov's histalkus, his son's succession, the weakening of Chassidus, the first Yahrtzeit the leadership, passes to the holy maggid, and he reverses the weakening trend.



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