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There are, perhaps, several factors to consider: In Chabad thought, the rebbe is more than just a leader, Torah teacher, spiritual guide, etc. All of these roles, and many more, are outgrowths and expressions of his being the נשמה כללית, the "all-encompassing soul" of the Jewish people (see Tanya, ch. 2). Now, of course, barring an explicit statement by ...


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The Kaliver Rebbi. It was pulled out by the Nazis Yemach Shemom. http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A7%D7%95%D7%91%D7%A5:Kaliver_rebbe.jpg


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As others have answered, the photo of the Rebbe you are thinking of is all but certainly the Kaliver Rebbe shlita, HaRav Menachem Mendel Traub. As mentioned, the Kaliver Rebbe shlita is a Holocaust survivor, and it is my understanding (as well) that it was during this time he lost his beard. The version of the story I heard is different than Gershon Gold's ...


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As explained here on chabad.org: The Rebbe, of righteous memory, stood for hours distributing dollars and blessings to thousands of people every Sunday, and on other occasions. The Rebbe’s intention was that the recipient should give the dollar to charity. In this way, explained the Rebbe, when two meet, it should benefit another. Usually, instead ...


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Here is a posting giving the reason that the Rebbe stated. Why didn't the Rebbe ever visit Israel? by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg [It is important to note that since the Rebbe took leadership of the Chabad movement in 1951, he never took a day off, and never traveled outside of New York.] There are several possible reasons for why the Rebbe never ...


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A prophet is someone who speaks in the name of Hashem. Someone who can say, "Hashem told me to say..." However, there are ways that Hashem let's his close ones know things, סוד ה' ליראיו. This is not Nevua, but can be seen as a hint thereof. The Chovos Talmidim describes a level called בני נביאים, alluded to by the Kuzri, in which people nowadays can be ...


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There is a small group of people who believe that the Lubvatcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson zt"l is in fact God. For example, the front page of the website for a synagogue(?) in Mikwaukee reads, in part, "Yechi Elokeinu Moreinu V'Rabbeinu Melech HaMoshiach L'Olam Va'ed!" You can read about this group of elokists on Wikipedia here. Or in this question. ...


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(I suspect this will get some downvotes or be seen as disrespectful by some. It's important to say nonetheless.) That's a million-dollar question. No, make that a billion-dollar question. It appears that as Rabbi Schneurson had no children there was no heir-apparent; in his last years after he suffered a stroke he was probably unable himself to choose a ...


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On a totally other line, If you ask many Chasidim today why they don't take care to pronounce words properly; why they don't place the emphasis on the correct syllable; distinguish between a shva na and a nach, dagesh from rafeh, you may hear something that goes as follows: "This is by design. We intentionally de-emphasize dikduk because the ...


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See Shulchan Aruch Horav (OC 55:22, 591:14) where he says that if there is 10 people in the room then anyone, in another room/house, who hears them could be Yotse with them.


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Interesting question! I saw on one of the YouTube videos, just a few days ago. (I don't have access to them, now, but there is one that focuses on a short "biography" of the Rebbe). At the beginning, the narrator syas that the Rebbe gave the dollars so that you should give it to charity. If you can't locate the "bio" video, look at almost any other video. ...


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http://www.ivelt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=274832 Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein Zatzal who was the Krasner Rav, was the son of Rabbi Baruch Bendit Lichtenstein Zatzal who was the son of Rabbi Yaakov Kopil Lichtenstein Zatzal. Rabbi Yaakov Kopil's brother was Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein Zatzal who was the student of the Chasam Sofer thus that was his great Uncle.


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Start again from alef (1). There are chassidim who say the chapter for earlier rebbeim also (eg. on that Rebbe's birthday), and they start again from alef. This is what I see people doing, though I'm not sure if there's any documented source for it.


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Although I can not verify this specific story, the Rabbi's of the ger dynasty have always been known for their sharp wit. As the first Rabbi of Ger "was a preeminent disciple of the Kotzker Rebbe" who "was well known for his incisive and down-to-earth philosophies, and sharp-witted sayings. He appears to have had little patience for false piety or ...


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Rabbis Moshe Kotlarsky and Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky currently head the Lubavitch institutions. See more here, including a discussion of their succession plans. As for which Chabad Rabbi is known as the greatest scholar today, I don't know but the one who comes to my mind immediately would be Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, whose name had been briefly floated by some ...


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I once heard the following explanation: In Parshas Beha'aloscha (Bamidbar 8:3), after Aahron Hakohen was tasked with lighting the Menorah, the Torah tells us that "ויעש כן אהרן" - Aaron did so. Rashi there cites the Sifrei (1:5) that it was necessary for the Torah to advise us that Aahron in fact complied with the Divine instruction, for "this shows Aaron’s ...


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I found the account (from the 1930’s) below at: http://www.jmberlin.de/berlin-transit/en/orte/lewin.php In 2000, Zeev Lewin described his childhood in the Scheunenviertel neighborhood of Berlin “We lived in a small apartment on Grenadierstrasse in Berlin, in the middle of the Scheunenviertel, the neighborhood favored by poor Jewish immigrants ...


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אמר ר' אחא: עם הארץ שקורא לאהבה איבה, כגון: ואהבת, ואייבת. אמר הקדוש ברוך הוא: "ודילוגו עלי אהבה". אמר ר' יששכר: תינוק שקורא לְמשֶׁה מַשֶׁה, לְאַהֲרן אַהֲרַן, לְעֶפְרן עֶפְרַן. אמר הקדוש ברוך הוא: "וליגלוגו עלי אהבה" And his flag (‘vedigulo’) is, to me, love. Rabbi Acha said: An ignorant person who calls love (“ahavah”) ...


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Stressing of syllables in Hebrew in the way determined by the Tiberian Ba'aley HaMesorah and indicated by the ta'amim (trop) as printed in Bibles is a legitimate issue for halakhic concern when it comes to keriat hatorah and keriat shema. But the obligation to pray is one that may be fulfilled in any language: couldn't you be open to accepting the Ashkenazi ...


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The reason why they mispronounce words is because in the times of the Haskalah one of the Shittos of the Maskilim was to be extremely makpid on Dikduk. So whilst countering the Haskalah, they took on to specially ignore grammar to show that the Maskilim were wrong in their general way of life.


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Another consideration, besides Ariel's point about ability, is that even if an individual Chabad baal korei is capable of making these differentiations, he might not do so in public reading so as not to be too obtrusive and distract the listeners. [I personally have taken to pronouncing guttural `ayin when it would otherwise be omitted entirely (i.e., at ...


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In his own words (on video) here in Hebrew with English subtitles (the second half of the video). He states two reasons. 1) Lack of solid Halachic authority to return if he did go to visit, and decreased influence over American Jews and newly arriving Jewish immigrants to America if he stayed in Israel permanently. 2) Concern about sending a message to ...


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1) Can we calculate the date of the Final Redemption? We for sure can't. 2) Since the Alter Rebbe is not a Novi, should we believe him? We can believe him that it is an opportune time for it to perhaps finally happen. 3) How do view this story? The same way all other stories where one predicted it may happen. Remember the story in the Gemara of ...


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I think it's ability, not desire. If those sounds are not in your native language you have a hard time making them. Then you are unable to teach them and a whole generation grows up without those sounds.


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe perhaps did not have anyone one person to proceed him on purpose perhaps becasue he has more then 5000 Shluchim emissarys worldwide who have proceeded him and followed his mandate of 'Uforatzto, Yomo Vokedmo, Vetzofono Vonegbo', bringing a thirst of yiddishkiet to all corners of the world. What other leader do you know of charged so ...


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This will probably be downvoted for not bringing sources, but speaking as a chossid, it is impossible for a successor. Many people ask this question innocently, others with negative connotations, and try to give answers, but the true answer is that it is a question based on an assumption that there should be a successor. This assumption is false. The Rebbe ...


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According to a number of biographers who have carefully sifted through his writings and researched into private conversations, R. Schneerson never explicitly stated that he was a prophet or the messiah. As Simon Dein has stressed, however, in Lubavitcher Messianism, the Lubavitcher Rebbe made many statements during his life, particularly reiterated by ...


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I can answer the second question. I don't know if or how other Chassidic groups address it. The story is found in a letter written by the Baal Shem Tov printed in Keser Shem Tov (here it is in a decided non-Chabad print - it was printed by someone from Apt who apparently wouldn't consider himself a follower of the Maggid of Mesritch, let alone Chabad). ...


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Noheg B'am - page 87 in the second column at the bottom in the name of Sefer Mili L'Mordechai mentions this Minhag for Shavuos based on the Targum Sheni in Megilas Esther Chapter 3. Haman told Achashveirosh that in Sivan the Jews go to their synagogues and throw apples. He mentions this Minhag is mentioned by רבי דוד הסבעוני in the name of Rabeinu Maimon the ...



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