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Friday, July 23, 2021

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Jewish History

The first Rebbe of Chabad, R. Schneur Zalman (known as the Alter Rebbe), served as preacher in the town of Liozna (in present-day Belarus) from 1783 until 1801. In that year, R. Schneur Zalman was imprisoned for a second time in Petersburg, due to trumped-up charges presented by his opponents to the government. After his release, he relocated to Liadi (also in Belarus), where he continued leading his followers and teaching the philosophy of Chabad. He remained in Liadi until 1812, when he and his family fled eastward from the oncoming French forces of Napoleon.

Under the leadership of R. Schneur Zalman’s son, R. DovBer, in 1814 the seat of the Chabad movement was transferred to the town of Lubavitch (in Russia near the Belarussian border). It remained there for over 100 years, until 1915, when the fifth Chabad Rebbe, R. Sholom DovBer, fled from Lubavitch to Rostov in face of the advancing German army during World War I.

Link: The Life and Times of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: A Timeline

Daily Thought

Hear O Israel, G‑d is our G‑d , G‑d is One.

“Hear” means to understand. To meditate deeply.

“Israel” is the name of your soul, the breath of G‑d within you.

Then, the four-letter name of G‑d.

What is that name? It is a combination of the three forms of the verb “to be”—so that it means “is, was, will be” all in a single moment, entirely transcending time— yet providing existence to time and all that occurs within it.

Then, another name of G‑d, a name that refers to His power over heaven and earth, as He is found within the forces of nature. But in the possessive form: “our power.”

And then we return to the four-letter name, this time as this name is within you. For your soul and G‑d merge as One.

You must say to your soul:

Listen, my soul, and meditate upon this:

Your power comes from Beyond Time.

You, my soul, merge with G‑d as One.

Likutei Torah, Drushim L’Rosh Hashanah 62d.