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R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Alter Rebbe)

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R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Alter Rebbe): 1745-1812, founder and first Rebbe of the Chabad branch of chassidism, known also as the "Alter Rebbe," “the Rav,” and as Baal HaTanya; lived in Li'ozna and Liadi, White Russia; author of Tanya, a classic text of the chassidic tradition, and Shulchan Aruch HaRav, a code of Jewish law
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