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The Rebbe Speaks About the Tzemach Tzedek

The Rebbe Speaks About the Tzemach Tzedek

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Thirteenth of Nissan — Yartzeit of the Tzemach Tzedek
The third Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek, once asked his grandfather, the Alter Rebbe: Why do we say that our forefather Jacob not only dwelled in Egypt for seventeen years, but those were his best years? Egypt was a very immoral land; how could this be?
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The Cantonists
During the time of the Tzemach Tzedek, Kronstadt was a fortified city near S. Petersburg. Among the soldiers stationed there were a number of “Cantonists” – young Jewish men kidnapped from their parents by the Czarist regime and conscripted for 25 years or more in the Russian army.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, known as the Tzemach Tzedek, lived at a time when the Jews of the Russian Empire faced many anti-Semitic decrees at the hands of the czars.
The life and times of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866)