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Few luminaries in Jewish history, particularly in modern times, have made as lasting and profound a contribution to our spiritual heritage as Rabbi Shneur Zalman. His works embrace the entire spectrum of Jewish thought—mysticism, philosophy, psychology, ethics, and law—and represent an expression of unparalleled creative genius

The Early Years


Master of the Revealed and Hidden Dimensions

Why is Life so Difficult?

Founds Chabad-Lubavitch

Arrest, Release and the French Pursuit

Rabbi Shneur Zalman was a direct descendant of the MaHaRaL of Prague. His great-grandfather later lived in a village in Posen
Despite all his knowledge, Shneur Zalman felt that he was missing an element of Jewish religious experience which could not be captured in the solitude of the four walls of his own study
In the company of rabbis of great renown, Shneur Zalman delved into the realm of the holy relations that unite G-d, Israel, the Torah and the world into one insoluble system of universal scope
Rabbi Shneur Zalman developed an approach that incorporated the enthusiasm of chassidus with intellectual rigor and scholarship
Opponents of Chassidus resorter to extreme measures, slandering Shneur Zalman to the Russian government
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