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Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson

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The Rabbinate of Yekatrinoslav Not long after, my husband was offered the position of Rav of Yekatrinoslav, to succeed Reb Bere-Volf [Kozevnikov]. See above, p. 000, fn 000, that Rabbi Kozevnikov passed away at the beginning of 1908. See Toldot Levi Yitzc...
Selling the chametz Up until the time of the selling of the chametz, it was still possible to speak with my husband about all matters concerning the eve of Passover. But everything was permeated with concern that perhaps he had not done everything necessa...
Dancing while weeping Following the chazzanim’s departure, I received a letter from them. After thanking me for various things, they wrote: “This is the first time in our lives we have witnessed such a phenomenon like the Rabbi of Yekatrinoslav, who, even...
A Jew from Yekatrinoslav in Lemberg On my way to America in 1946, I stopped in Lemberg [Lvov] for a week in order to procure some necessary documents. While there, I stayed with several other travelers. Our arrangements there were clandestine, and my iden...
The “proletarian” shul The following episodes happened in 1935 as well, if I remember correctly. There were only two small synagogues left in Dnepropetrovsk, one at the edge of town and the other at the center. The latter had not been confiscated by the g...
Midnight wedding Until this point, Rebbetzin Chana’s memoirs have been more or less chronological, tracing events from her husband’s arrest until his passing, with only occasional flashbacks. Now she recounts her memories of the era before the arrest, not...
The funeral By morning, our yard was already full of people of all backgrounds—men, women, young and old. My husband had lived there so briefly—less than four months—during part of which time he lay critically ill. Yet, he drew in people so closely that t...
Nothing was easy At this point, my husband was no longer able to eat everything. He deeply wished to regain his health, which would enable him to live productively. He saw so many people desiring to see him recover, telling him they needed him and his pos...
Emotional suffering My husband now started to experience great emotional suffering. Although he was surrounded by many people who related to him with the greatest degree of respect and loving devotion imaginable, he longer had the strength, despite all hi...
“Queries from the Haftorah” By Shavuot, my husband’s health already was extremely poor. Nevertheless, he walked to shul, where he gave a lengthy sermon to the congregation, which I was told was very outspoken. Presumably about issues of religious observan...
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