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Discover the famous – and some of the not-so-famous – chassidic personalities of the past three centuries. Learn how chassidism, and Chabad chassidism in particular, developed and became a monumental force in world Jewry.

Chassidic Personalities

Chassidic Personalities

Historical and biographical studies

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Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), Founder of the Chassidic Movement
Learn about the life and teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the 18th century mystic who permanently changed the Jewish landscape.
Founder of Chabad
The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch (1789-1866)
The life and times of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866)
The "Rebbe Maharash"
The life and teachings of Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, the fourth Chabad Rebbe, known as the Rebbe Maharash
The Sixth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, known as the "Frierdiker" or "Previous" Rebbe
In the face of Tsarist anti-semitism, communism, and the Holocaust, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak resolutely perpetuated traditional Jewish life and the potent spirit of Chassidism.
Brief biographies of the founding leaders of Chassidism and the Rebbes of Chabad-Lubavitch, exploring their wide-ranging activities and sweeping impact on world Jewry
The life and legacy of the Rebbe’s father
A mystic and scholar, he wrote commentaries on the most esoteric texts. As rabbi of a major Ukrainian city, he struggled valiantly to strengthen Judaism, in spite of Soviet intimidation.
The life and legacy of the Rebbe’s mother
Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, left a remarkable legacy.
The life and legacy of the Rebbe’s wife
Celebrating the life of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory
Biographical Stories Based on the Essay Fathers of Chassidus by the Previos Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn נ"ע
Biographical Stories based on the Essay Fathers of Chassidus by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, first published in the classical columns of HaTamim
Biographical Stories based on the Essay Fathers of Chassidus by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, first published in the classical columns of HaTamim
Links in the Chassidic Legacy is a collection biographical sketches of Chassidic personalites of the previous generations. Originally appeared in the columns of the student journal "Hatamim", the book takes the reader on a tour through the ages with each of these famed Chassidim.
A Letter Written by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn
Nachmanson turned to me, his face red with rage: “Forget that you are Schneersohn, the distinguished bogamolnik. You are now a simple person who is being punished for your flagrant acts against the proletariat. Now you will pay for everything . . .”
The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Account of His Incarceration in Stalinist Russia in 1927
In this unparalleled historic first-person description the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe graphically documents the cold truth behind the cynical Stalinist facade of religious tolerance — midnight arrest, intimidation and interrogation, incarceration without trial, the humiliation of prison routine, the torture of dissidents, and so on.
A Timeline Biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
The rise of Communism, the coming of age of modern science, the Holocaust, the renaissance of Jewish life in America, the Sixties, the feminist movement, the information age, the end of the Cold War -- the Rebbe was there, and had something to say and do about them all
"So why do you think Schneerson has his synagogue in a basement?" the old spy asked, tightening his wrinkled eyes. "The Schneersons don’t have money?"
Spies, cold-hearted agents, and daring escapes fill the pages of this engrossing memoir about the chasid Rabbi DovBer Levertov, known as Berel Kabilaker, and his family's life under Communist rule.
The Memoirs of Hilel Zaltzman
This book tells the story of the Chassidic underground that operated in the Soviet Union, upholding Judaism during the rule of communist terror. Gripping narrative sweep the reader to distant lands, and paints a picture of mysterious figures in Samarkand's alleys, secret Torah study under the constant threat of arrest by the KGB, and the long and hard fought victory in inspiring Jewish renaissance throughout the Soviet Union.
Personal Journals of Zalmon Jaffe's Visits to the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Zalmon Jaffe's lively personal journals turn back the clock to the Rebbe's early years of leadership when a farbrengen was attended by a modest crowd of 300, and a personal yechidut could last over two hours.
Personal letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, to Mr. Zalmon Jaffe
Mr. Zalmon Jaffe, a community leader and hardworking businessman from Manchester, England lived to bring joy to the Rebbe. Remarkable for their insight into human nature and witty candor, the letters convey the Rebbe`s deep loving care, optimism, and unswerving belief in the value of each individual.