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Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Reflections

13 Powerful Pictures That Illuminate the Arrest and Liberation of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe
An international diplomatic crisis heightened the threat to the Rebbe’s life and helped secure his deliverance.
The Smoke of the Rebbe's Train
Soviet Russia, 1927
Back in the day, when long-distance travel was far more arduous and costly, the glorious and cavernous halls of train stations were the backdrops of all the poignant comings and goings of life.
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Ordeal in Soviet Russia”
America: The Final Frontier
The challenge presented by the Soviet gulags and the KGB pale in comparison to the challenge we face in today's Western society.
The Secret of the 12th of Tammuz
Why the Rebbe risked his life for Judaism
Define Your G‑d
What statement ends a discussion regarding the motive for odd, or even dangerous, behavior? What causes you to capitulate and say, “I get it, point made, actions justified, the end . . .”?
First Hand Account: Kostroma, 1927
In 1927, the communist authorities sentenced Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch to exile in Kostroma, a small city over 400 miles away from his headquarters in Leningrad. During his time there, he stayed with the family of the local Shochet, Reb Yerachmiel Kugel.
Roza Melamed, 99, Last Witness to Sixth Rebbe’s Soviet Exile in Kostroma, Russia
Recalling an era and a leader whose heroism and holiness shaped her life and the future of Judaism
Liberation of the Previous Rebbe
12th & 13th of Tammuz
The 12th and 13th of Tammuz marks the anniversary of the liberation of the previous Rebbe from Soviet imprisonment. Presented are stories detailing some of these events.
In the face of Tsarist anti-semitism, communism, and the Holocaust, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak resolutely perpetuated traditional Jewish life and the potent spirit of Chassidism.