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The founder of Chabad was imprisoned by the Tsar in 1798 and 1801, but yet took a patriotic stance in the war of 1812. In Soviet Russia, intense persecution forced Chabad underground and its center eventually moved to the United States. Nevertheless, Chabad retained a strong active and ideological connection, which has again come to the fore with the fall of the Iron-Curtain.

Chabad and Russia, Then and Now

Chabad and Russia, Then and Now

Russian Jewry in the Geo-Theological Imagination of Chabad

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Chabad and Russia, Then and Now: Russian Jewry in the Geo-Theological Imagination of Chabad

The founder of Chabad was imprisoned by the Tsar in 1798 and 1801, but yet took a patriotic stance in the war of 1812. In Soviet Russia, intense persecution forced Chabad underground and its center eventually moved to the United States. Nevertheless, Chabad retained a strong active and ideological connection, which has again come to the fore with the fall of the Iron-Curtain.
Soviet Union, Chabad-Lubavitch
Dr Mitsuharu Akao served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Japan. He is currently attached to the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. Among his research interests are the historical development of Hasidic movements in Russia, contemporary Jewish societies in the former Soviet Union and cross-cultural relationships between Jews and Slavs.
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