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Memories of the people who knew Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, as well as a number of addresses by his son, the Rebbe.

Videos About Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson

Videos About Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson

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Never Give Up!
Farbrengen, 6 Tishrei, 5742 • October 4, 1981
After the passing of his mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, in 1964, the Rebbe began holding a farbrengen, chassidic gathering and public address, on the date of her yahrzeit. This gathering would be dedicated to her legacy, and to the mission of the Jewish woman.
6 Tishrei, 5750 • October 5, 1989
The Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, was the Chief Rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, at a time when Jewish leaders were persecuted for preserving Judaism. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, however, was defiant; publicly declaring that he would not be coerced into submission.
My father sacrificed his life for the Jews of the Soviet Union. He was punished and imprisoned for his efforts to spread Judaism, and he was eventually exiled…
My father served as chief rabbi of Dnipropetrovsk, a major city in Ukraine, which supplied wheat to large parts of Russia. When the time came to prepare flour for matzah, people flocked from the surrounding areas seeking flour that was certified kosher for Passover.
The life and teachings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
27 Nissan, 5750 • April 22, 1990
A special blessing for the caretaker of the resting place of the Rebbe’s father. May all the Jews of Alma Ata have only good news until the coming of Moshiach.
20 Menachem Av, 5745 • August 7, 1985
My father gave his life helping to preserve Judaism in communist Russia; thus his Yahrzeit has great significance for all Jews – especially when we see the fruits of his self-sacrifice continuing to bear fruit today, with countless Jews from the Soviet Union observing Torah and Mitzvos.
27 Tammuz, 5749 • July 30, 1989
The manuscripts you found written by the Rebbes of Chabad, and by my father, may have been written years and ages ago, but the teachings are absolutely fresh and new. Thousands of Jews have learned these new teachings, and this merit should bring you success in all that you do.
1944
In 1939, the Rebbe’s father was exiled by the Soviet government to a remote region of Kazakhstan. At the end of his sentence, he and his wife traveled to the closest large city, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Leibel Raskin and his family were there to greet and assist them upon their arrival.
Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi’s cousin, Reb Nochum Goldshmidt, was close with the Rebbe’s family when they lived in Dnepropretrovsk, Ukraine. Rabbi Ashkenazi recounts a story he heard from Reb Nochum about the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson.
Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Mexico, Avraham Hershberg, discusses the Rebbe’s newest campaigns, and ways to honor the Rebbe’s father on his 40th yahrzeit.
Mr. Israel Adamski grew up in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and attended underground Torah classes taught by the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson. Here, he recalls Reb Levik’s prophetic words to him shortly before the outbreak of World War II.
Learning from R’ Levi Yitzchok Schneerson’s Self-Sacrifice in Soviet Russia
The Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, whose passing is marked on the 20th of Av, was imprisoned and exiled to Kazakhstan for his stance against Soviet efforts to uproot Jewish learning and practice.
Mr. Israel Adamski lived in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, served as rabbi. He recalls Rabbi Levi Yitzchok performing an underground wedding, and inviting a communist informant to be the tenth man. (Late 1930’s)
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A Holy Task
Thank you for taking care of my father’s gravesite in the past and for your help in the future, as well.
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Saying Thank You
Mr. Evsey Neymotin recalls his father’s efforts in assisting Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, the Rebbe’s parents, when they arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as the Rebbe’s expressions of gratitude when the Neymotins arrived in the United States many decades later.
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Giving of Oneself
The passing of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, is marked on the 20th of Av. He was imprisoned and exiled to Kazakhstan for his stance against Soviet efforts to uproot Jewish learning and practice.
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Unbroken Spirit
Reb Gedaliah Mazal shares his memories of the arrival of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, in Alamty, Kazakhstan. Reb Gedaliah’s father became close to Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, and was present at his passing. (1940's)
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A Leading Example
The Rambam teaches that anyone who dedicates himself to G-d’s work, studying Torah and fulfilling its commandments, can be considered as part of the special tribe of Levi. Such was the case with Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, who gave himself over to the impossible task of providing true leadership to Soviet Jewry the Jews stuck in the USSR. He may have ended up paying with his life for his efforts, but his legacy has far outlived that of his oppressors.
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Chana Shapiro
Dnepropetrovsk, 1909
In 1909, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, Rebbetzin Chana and their three sons moved to Dnepropetrovsk, a huge military city 520 kilometers from Kiev, where Rabbi Levi Yitzchok became the rabbi of the city’s 25 synagogues and 50,000 Jews. He turned to Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin, asking him to teach his sons. Chana Shapiro is Rabbi Vilenkin’s daughter, recalling her parents’ descriptions of the children in their home.
20 Menachem Av, 5749 · August 21, 1989
An address to the campers of Gan Israel New York, on the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson: The primary purpose of my father’s self-sacrifice was the education of Jewish children under communist oppression.
Collage
A Jew from Yekatrinaslov visits the Rebbe. His father was a Shochet for the Rebbe's father and was arrested and exiled by the communists along with him. An elderly Jew visits the Rebbe. As a child, he assisted the Rebbe's parents during their exile in Kazakhstan.
Sukkot and Self-Transcendence
The power of the sukkah to release us from our emotional attachments to the material world and make us available for intimate relationships with others.
A Short Biography of the Mother of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
A look at the remarkable and heroic life of the mother of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory.
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A Living Will
20 Menachem Av, 5742 • August 9, 1982
When someone passes on, the bond they share with their loved ones below is not severed. Family and friends alive in this world can continue to bring the soul joy and happiness.
Rabbi Mordechai Goldschmid’s father, Reb Nochum, grew up with the Rebbe in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine. His grandfather, Reb Yitzchok, was the local Shochet.
The twentieth of Av marks the passing of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father. Reflecting on the passing of a loved one is seldom joyous and often brings up feelings of sadness and even bitterness.
In 1970, Mordechai Gorelik was granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. His parents and brother, Rabbi Elozor Gorelik, remained there, trapped behind the Iron Curtain. During his first audience with the Rebbe, he presented the Rebbe with a photograph of the resting place of the Rebbe’s father in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Lost and Found, Lesson 4
An unprecedented presentation of two Talmudic mindsets: Abaye and Rava.
Yarchei Kallah 5772
Rabbi Zalman Wilschanski, Rosh Yeshiva of Tomchei Tmimim in Morristown, NJ, gives introductory remarks at the Yarchei Kallah (5772).
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.