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Arrest and Liberation

Light Unto the Nations: Part 1
19 Kislev: All the Way to the Top
After being freed from Russian prison on the 19th of Kislev, 1798, the Alter Rebbe wrote a letter describing the circumstances surrounding his liberation. It is striking to see how much emphasis he places on the impact his liberation had on the non-Jews of S. Petersburg.
The Black Carriage
Reb Shmuel reputedly said to the Rebbe: “If you are a true Rebbe, you have nothing to fear by being arrested. If you are not, you deserve whatever they will do to you”
The Moon Over the River
A mitzvah is made to be performed only when it is clothed in the ways of nature.
Where Are You?
“Do you believe that the Torah is eternal?” asked the Rebbe. “Do you believe that its every word applies to every individual, under all conditions, at all times?”
The Truth of Jacob
A Rebbe's choice: three words or 50,000 followers
The Inner Meaning of Yud Tes Kislev
The liberation of the Alter Rebbe
With the Alter Rebbe's release from prison in 1798, he began to teach Torah's secrets in a way that would brighten every Jewish home, and would permeate the outside world.
Farbrengen: 19 Kislev, 5742
Three complete talks of the Rebbe at a farbrengen in 1981.
The Heavenly Court Case
What Really Happened on 19 Kislev
On the 19th day of the month of Kislev, the first Chabad Rebbe, R' Shneur Zalman, was released from prison in 1798. It is said that his trial was the result of a parallel case in the heavenly court. What were the charges and how are we to understand the idea of heavenly prosecution altogether? What difference did the ruling make in our lives today?
19 Kislev: The
This day marks the “birth” of Chassidism, when the long-hidden secrets of Judaism emerged from the womb of mysticism to illuminate and transform the totality of Jewish life.
Living From Within, Hearing With Your Soul
On Why One Must Celebrate 19 Kislev
Hasidism is not simply a doctrine or a theory; it’s an experience to be felt, to be lived from within.
The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad.