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1928: Marriage
The Rebbe and his future father-in-law after his engagement
The Rebbe and his future father-in-law after his engagement

In November of 1928, the Rebbe’s marriage to Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, daughter of the then Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, was held in Warsaw, Poland.

By then word of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak’s heroic struggle on behalf of Soviet Jewry was world-renowned, and the high regard in which he was held was evidenced by the numerous rabbis, rebbes and lay leaders of European Jewry, and the thousands of people from all walks of life, who honored him with their presence at his daughter’s wedding.

At the beginning of the wedding, the Rebbetzin’s father announced:

“It is a tradition that the souls of the ancestors of the bride and groom come and participate in their wedding celebration . . . As my invitation to them, I will now deliver a maamar (discourse of chassidic teaching) which includes teachings from our holy and righteous ancestors: the Alter Rebbe (Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad Chassidism); Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch; our great-grandfather (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch—the Rebbe’s namesake); our grandfather (Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch); and of my father, the bride’s grandfather (Rabbi Sholom DovBer). As our sages have said, ‘Whoever repeats a teaching should envision the author of the teaching standing before him.’”

Those who attended the wedding later recalled the palpable sense of holiness which permeated the room as Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak delivered the discourse.

The bride Chaya Mushka Schneerson
The bride Chaya Mushka Schneerson

Hundreds of miles away, another wedding celebration was being held that night. In the city of Yekatrinoslav (Dnepropetrovsk), the Rebbe’s parents, harassed by the Soviet authorities for their efforts on behalf of Judaism, were denied permission to travel to Warsaw. (In 1939 the Rebbe’s father would be arrested, cruelly tortured, and banished to the gulag, where he died in 1944 of sickness and hardship.)

Prevented by a curtain of iron from attending the marriage of their firstborn son, they were nevertheless determined to rejoice in his joy.

In a moving memoir, the Rebbe’s mother, Rebbetzin Chana, described the wedding celebration held in their home, which lacked the physical presence of a groom and bride, yet was aflame with a joy as powerful as the pain in the groom’s parents’ hearts.


Adaptations of the Rebbe's Teachings:
 Women & Men
 Outgoing Woman

An Archivist Discovers the Rebbe:
 Do Married Spouses Have Private Lives Too?

 "Mom, I'm Marrying a Chassid!"

 1953: Chassidic Feminism
 1988: Passing of Rebbetzin

Chassidic Discourses (Maamarim) by the Rebbe:
 Lechah Dodi
 Publisher's Foreword
 Chapter 1
 Chapter 2
 Lechah Dodi, 5689
 Chapter 3
 Lechah Dodi, 5714
 Chapter 1
 Chapter 2
 Chapter 3
 Chapter 4
 Chapter 5
 Chapter 6
 Chapter 7
 Customs Related to a Wedding
 The Wedding Maamar

Correspondence From the Rebbe:
 Why Separate Men and Women in the Synagogue?
 Never Too Late for a Blessing
 Importance of Assisting Brides and Grooms
 But Wearing a Wig Is Old-Fashioned!
 Chabad Music at Wedding
 Why The Seven Circuits under the Chupah?
 How Many People Must I Date Before Finding the Right One?
 Blessing For Daughter's Marriage
 Practical Dating Advice
 Is It Natural To Approach a Shidduch With a Feeling of Anxiety?
 What's Wrong With Intermarriage?
 When Dating, Do I Follow My Mind or My Heart?
 How to Plan a Wedding

First Person:
 The Woman’s Role in Teaching Judaism

Scholar, Visionary and Leader:
 First Meetings: Self-Sacrifice for Torah and Judaism
 Marriage: A Union of Souls - 1928
 The Rebbetzin: A Private Life of Public Service

The Rebbe's Family:
 A Brief Biography of the Rebbetzin
 Early Years
 Her Marriage
 The War Years
 The Rebbetzin
 Her Name
 Her True Greatness
 Her Passing
 Her Legacy
 The Life and Times of the Rebbetzin
 A Legacy of Sacrifice and Love
 Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson
 Her Life in Pictures
 The Rebbetzin's Passing and the Rebbe's Reaction
 Funeral of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka
 Take to Heart
 A Video Presentation
 The Rebbetzin: A Private Life of Public Service
 Mrs. Louise Hager
 Mrs. Hadassa Carlebach
 Mrs. Leah Kahan
 Rabbi Shmuel Lew
 Dr. Ira Weiss
 Personal Memories of the Rebbetzin
 Mrs. Danièle Gorlin Lassner
 Mrs. Fruma Junik
 The Power of Writing
 A Tribute to the Rebbetzin
 'Til the Lights Go Out
 Chaya'le, Mushka, Mussie...
 In Loving Memory
 Road Work
 The Rebbetzin: A Special Web Presentation Video:
 A Tribute to the Rebbetzin
 A Tribute to the Rebbetzin
 Funeral of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka
 A Visit with the Rebbetzin - 1987
 A Wife’s Nachas
 Protector of Her People
 Mrs. Hadassa Carlebach
 Mrs. Leah Kahan
 Rabbi Shmuel Lew
 Dr. Ira Weiss
 The Rebbetzin
 Tearful Departure
 In Loving Memory
 Hiding and Seeking
 The Joy of Children, Part 1
 Celebrate the Differences
 What Makes a Marriage Endure?
 She Taught Us to Appreciate the Mainstay of the Home
 Protector of Her People
 House Visits
 Two Halves of a Whole

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From an address by the Rebbe, May 1984 (free translation)

Husband and wife constitute a single entity, sharing a single soul; it is only that G‑d desired that for a certain portion of its life on earth the soul should dwell in two separate bodies, and that each half should perform its mission in life separately, until such time that G‑d unites them in marriage.

This explains the tremendous joy that accompanies a marriage—joy which has no parallel in any other joyful occasion. Two half-souls, separated at birth and raised in different homes, different communities, perhaps even different countries, are being reunited by the power of “He who sits and matches couples.” What greater joy can there be?

The Rebbe: Timeline Biography
1902: Childhood
1915: Learning
1916: World War I
1923: Soviet Jewry
1928: Marriage
1930s: Torah & Science
1941: Flight from Europe
1939-45: Holocaust & Rebuilding
1943: Author & Teacher
1950: Leadership
1953: Chassidic Feminism
1960: Technology
1963: Rebellion
1967: The Six-Day War
1972: Retirement?
1974: The Mitzvah Tank
1977: Illness & Challenge
1983: Mankind
1986: "Sunday Dollars"
1988: Passing of Rebbetzin
1989: The End of the Cold War
1991: Missiles & Miracles
3 Tammuz 1994: Transmission
1994: Discovery of the "Reshimot"
Today: The Goal