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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 of giving ...


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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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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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The Chabad-Lubavitch worldview regarding the universality of The Lubavitcher Rebbe is based off the belief that the Lubavitcher rebbe is the "Nasi Hador" the leader of the generation. Chabad.org explains this concept: Neshamah Kelalit; Nasi HaDor: the comprehensive soul of a Rebbe which is bonded with the souls of all the Jews of his generation As ...


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In Pesil Techeiles the Sixth Point (פתיל תכלת פרט הששי) the Radzyner Rebbe cites this Gemara as one of his proofs to the opinion of Rambam that one string is half techeiles and half white. The proof is that the Gemara asks what the Mishnah meant by "distinguish between techeiles and lavan", and rejects the possibility that it is referring to the ability to ...


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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 lets 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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For a historical work that also dives deep into the divergent philosophies of different Hasidic sages, it is hard to beat Hasidism: A New History by David Biale, David Assaf, Benjamin Brown, Uriel Gellman, Samuel Heilman, Moshe Rosman, Gadi Sagiv, and Marcin Wodziński. It actually contains much more than you are looking for as it is an in-depth study of ...


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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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The Radzyner Rebbe wrote three books about it, so that would be a good place to check. Dr. Mendel Singer wrote an article about techelet, and in the course of the article, he mentions how the Radzyner Rebbe understood various sources in Chazal to refer to the cuttlefish. For example: the requirement of once in 70 years, the Radzyner Rebbe says this ...


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The Sefer Piskei Hasiddur was written by Rav Chaim Naeh, and it's based on the writings of the Alter Rebbe. So both statements are true. As you can see in the picture below, under where it says פסקי הסידור, it explains that this sefer is based on the psak of the Alter Rebbe.


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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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The Zohar III 71a (quoted in Maanah Lashon, the traditional text recited at a Tzaddik's Kever) writes: אמר רבי ייסא בשעתא דאצטריך עלמא למטרא אמאי אזלינן לגביהון דמיתייא והא כתיב דורש אל המתים ואסיר. אמר ליה עד כען לא חמיתא גדפא דצפרא דעדן. ודורש אל המתים אל המתים דייקא. דאינון חייבי עלמא דאינון מעמין עכו"ם דאשתכחו תדיר מתים. אבל ישראל דאינון זכאי קשוט ...


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In an interview, Rabbi Heschel Greenberg answered to that question: "Rav Herschprung of Montreal, after Gimmel Tammuz, wrote that the belief that the Rebbe is Moshiach is a hundred percent valid, and - I don’t have the letter in front of me, but - it’s even stronger than Rav Aaron Soloveitchik’s [sic] letter. (I'm not sure whether he means that Rav ...


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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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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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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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As far as I know about the song, "we want moshiach now" it was first sung in 1980 by a group of campers. The Rebbe began clapping along as approval and afterwards encouraged singing it. The song itself was written by campers and then received the Rebbe's approval after it was first sung in front of him. As to why this kindergarten does this after ...


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The source of this custom is a letter (From Rosh Chodesh Shvat 5711) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, where he writes what one should do for the first Yahrtzeit (10 Shevat 5711) of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe: להדליק נר שידלק כל המעת לעת. אם אפשר בקל - נר של שעוה. A yahrtzeit candle should be lit that will burn for the entire twenty-four hours. If possible, the ...


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Go to this website, and scroll down till you see "Via Email". Enter your email, and first & last name and click "subscribe". There is also an option there to subscribe via whatsapp.


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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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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 "Hayom"...


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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 stupidity"....


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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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Almost every Chasidic court will have most of its male Chasidim (and sometimes entire families) come to the Rebbe for Yom Tov. Belz has over 7,000 families, for example, most of which will try be in Kiryat Belz in Jerusalem for special days. (Source). My guess would be some 30,000 males converging there. While not a clear-cut case of Jewish communities ...


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I don't think you can find it in an online source, but it is a famous and oft quoted remark. It made its way into the Wikipedia article on Satmar. As one can imagine, many were up in arms about this statement which sends to do away with Chasidus more effectively than any contemporary Misnagdim. The Satmar Rebbe is said to have joked that every Chassid ...


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The question is asking in what way to you most feel connected to the Rebbe. Is it by going to 770, by reading the igrois koidesh, or by going to the oihel. All three of these are associated with the Rebbe but a particular person might find one of them more favorable. There are those who don't go to the Oihel and instead only go to 770 and when asking the ...


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Because that would make the meshichist angry, because the meshichist, who, mind you, control 770 and believe that the last rebbe is moshiach and that nobody will proceed him. They aren't gonna accept anybody else. And plus, the non meshichist just say that since he could be moshiach, they will not choose another rebbe. The non meshichists are fine with or ...


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I accidentally came across this site and wish to give a different perspective. First it's important to realise that the Rebbe was a unique person and that his legacy lives on in those who follow him and that no one could fill his shoes. Sadly though there are those who were capable of guiding the Rebbe's Chassidim just as Breslov Chassidim have, for ...


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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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It's the ... Shaagas Aryeh, I think? Noda Bihuda maybe? -- who observes that some hosts throw challah across that table rather than pass it. He suggests that the sacrificial meat actually had to be thrown, rather than placed, onto the fire of the mizbeach, so perhaps this connects to this practice. As for apples, my impression was that the rebbe is focused ...


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