Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka (Moussia) Schneerson was born in Babinovitch, near the
Russian city of Lubavitch, on Shabbat, the 25th of Adar, in 1901. She was the
second of three daughters of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak
and his wife, Rebbetzin Nechama Dina Schneersohn.
When she was born, her grandfather, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom
DovBer, was travelling abroad and he telegraphed her father, "...Mazal
tov on the birth of your daughter ...if she has not yet been named, she should
be called Chaya Mushka (the name of the wife of the Tzemach Tzedek [the third
From her earliest years, the Rebbetzin absorbed the purity and holiness that
surrounded her, both in the house of her grandfather and that of her father.