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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Since each rabbi has a different protocol, the wisest thing to do is to ask the Gabbai "how is it done here?".


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Reb Yoel Kahn is "the" giant master in chassidus


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From the outset, the Rebbe was to be the seventh and final Lubavitcher Rebbe. It is an important part of Chabad theology. See here: However, by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn's reign there had been seven generations of Hasidic Rebbes who had followed the Ba'al Shem Tov, and six generations of Lubavitcher Rebbes. As early as 1926, Yosef Yitzchak ...



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