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The Meaning of Freedom – Part 1

12 Tammuz 5745 • July 1, 1985

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The Meaning of Freedom - Part 1: 12 Tammuz 5745 • July 1, 1985

The Stalinist regime that imprisoned my father-in-law, the Rebbe, in 1927, was then a superpower. Despite that, he defied his oppressors. He did not budge an inch in anything that jeopardized his principles. Even at the train station, about to be exiled, he declared publicly: “Only our bodies, not our souls, were sent into exile.” And indeed, his defiance led to his release.
Body & Soul, Galut, Soviet War on Judaism, Freedom; Independence, Tammuz 12-13, Lubavitcher Rebbe, Jewish History, R. Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch
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.