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Soviet War on Judaism

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Reb Mottel Lifshitz, a key figure in the Soviet Jewish underground, served as Moscow’s only ritual slaughterer for almost three decades, and performed countless clandestine circumcisions.
A first-hand account of a refusenik's battle to practice Judaism in Soviet Russia. An incredible story of resilience and defiance.
After promising to maintain secrecy and informing the Rebbe of his plans, he was given some contacts by the Rebbe. (1960's)
The untold story of the secret Chabad underground in the former Soviet Union
Precious little is known of the tremendous devotion and self-sacrifice of Chabad activists in upholding Judaism against the oppressive Communists’ ruthless stamping out of religion. Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie shares fascinating insights and anecdotes to illustr...
Philanthropist Lev Leviev on His Ties to Chabad in the Soviet Union
Billionaire philanthropist Lev Leviev speaks about his family's early exposure to Chasidism and how he came to help Jews living in the former Soviet Union.
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, ...
Farbrengen, 6 Tishrei, 5742 • October 4, 1981
After the passing of his mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, in 1964, the Rebbe began holding a farbrengen, chassidic gathering and public address, on the date of her yahrzeit. This gathering would be dedicated to her legacy, and to the mission of the Jew...
The following talk, as others in its genre, was meant as encouragement for the underground Russian Jewish movement. Some of these talks or their translation into Russian would be broadcast on Radio Free Europe, reaching the oppressed peoples of the Soviet...
In Sefer Hasichos 5702, the Previous Rebbe relates some of the struggle that Chassidim endured in the Soviet Union. Warned against practicing Judaism under threat of danger to their lives, the Previous Rebbe gathered his closest Chassidim and made a pact....
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