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Chabad: What Is Chassidus?

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Chabad: What Is Chassidus?

After his liberation from Czarist prison on the 19th of Kislev, 1798, the Alter Rebbe recounted that the souls of his masters, the Baal Shem Tov and Maggid of Mezritch, had visited him in prison, explaining that his ordeal on earth was the result of a decree against him in Heaven above, because of his widespread dissemination of Chasidic teachings. When he asked if he should stop teaching, his masters replied: “On the contrary. Your liberation from prison will be the Heavenly sign that you must not only continue, you must increase!”
Chabad-Lubavitch, Chassidism, R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Alter Rebbe), Kislev 19, Lubavitcher Rebbe, Jewish History