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R. Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (Tzemach Tzedek)

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R. Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (Tzemach Tzedek): third leader of Chabad-Lubavitch; (1789-1866); son-in-law and successor of R. Dovber of Lubavitch; known by the title of the collection of responsa which he authored, "Tzemach Tzedek"
During the time of the Tzemach Tzedek, Kronstadt was a fortified city near S. Petersburg. Among the soldiers stationed there were a number of “Cantonists” – young Jewish men kidnapped from their parents by the Czarist regime and conscripted for 25 years o...
Do we need to sacrifice to be a Jew? A chassidic story and a lesson from Moses at the burning bush.
Examining the prohibition of eating 'Kitniyot' (legumes) on Passover
Examining the background of the kitniyot prohibition. Why it was accepted by Ashkenazic Jewry but not Sephardic Jewry. Looking at how the third Chabad Rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek sourced this prohibition.
An overview of the work Sefer Hachakirah
A detailed look at Sefer Ha'chakirah, a book of philosophy by the third Chabad rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek. Examining how the Tzemach Tzedek uses his own ideas as well as the works of other Jewish philosophers such as Maimonides and Joseph Albo to prove div...
A classic example of the Tzemach Tzedek’s synthetic approach to Kabbalah and Jewish thought
In the classic discourse known as "Derush Shalosh Shitot" the Tzemach Tzedek synthesizes three different interpretations of the sefirot and their relationship to the divine essence, as quoted in the thought of Rabbi Shneur Zalman: The sefirot as tools, as...
Leading the delegation of ushpizin on the fifth day of Sukkot is Aharon. Understanding the special qualities of 5th day, and the connection to the chassidic ushpiz, the Tzemach Tzedek
The Jews in Exile
The French Revolution brought on a period of great upheaval in Europe. How did the Jewish people deal with these changes, particularly with the challenges of emancipation?
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