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The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, passed away on this date in 1950. Exactly one year later, Rabbi Menachem Mendel accepted the leadership of the movement, and set about transforming the face of world Jewry . . .

10 Shevat: A Day of Two Rebbes

10 Shevat: A Day of Two Rebbes


The 10th day of the Jewish month of Shevat (Yud Shevat in Hebrew) is a most significant date on the chassidic calendar.

It is the anniversary of passing (yahrtzeit) of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880–1950), of righteous memory.

It is also the day when, in 1951, the seventh Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902–1994), of righteous memory, formally accepted the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch with a historic discourse (maamar) and address at a gathering marking the first anniversary of his predecessor’s passing.

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Here is a small sampling of videos, articles and stories that illustrate these two leaders’ impact as well as the significance of this day:

10 Shevat Gathering with the Rebbe
A 1972 recording of a farbrengen with the Rebbe
The day’s significance
Joint Mission
Excerpts from the address when the Rebbe formally accepted the leadership of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
Bring Heaven to Earth
Excerpts from the Rebbe’s First Chassidic Discourse
How to give rebuke to another
Another Form of Charity
The Rebbe's message to an eight-year-old child
Other Side of the Tapestry
A mission that spans five decades
Truth vs. Darkness in the United Nations
The Israeli Prime Minister describes his first meeting with the Rebbe
The Scientist Goes to the Soviet Union
A trip to Russia to answer three professors’ questions
Rashi's Method of Biblical Commentary
Rashi's Method of Biblical Commentary, and the Rebbe's approach to Rashi's works
Finding Hope Amidst Challenges
A book review
Send a Letter