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Videos About Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson

Memories of the people who knew Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, as well as a number of addresses by his son, the Rebbe.

Making Ink From Grass!
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 Jewish woman.
Unwavering Jewish Courage
6 Tishrei, 5750 • October 5, 1989
The Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, was the Chief Rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, at a time when Jewish leaders were persecuted for preserving Judaism. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, however, was defiant; publicly declaring that he would not be coerced into submission.
“My Father Stood Up to the Soviets”
The Rebbe speaks on 20 Av, the anniversary of his father's passing.
My father served as chief rabbi of Dnipropetrovsk, a major city in Ukraine, which supplied wheat to large parts of Russia. When the time came to prepare flour for matzah, people flocked from the surrounding areas seeking flour that was certified kosher for Passover.
9 Facts to Know About Rabbi Levi Yitzchak
A brief video outlining some highlights of the life and legacy of the illustrious scholar, kabbalist and Soviet Jewish hero, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, father of the Rebbe.
A Rabbinic Mystic and Communal Leader
The life and teachings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
Regards from Almaty
27 Nissan, 5750 • April 22, 1990
A special blessing for the caretaker of the resting place of the Rebbe’s father. May all the Jews of Alma Ata have only good news until the coming of Moshiach.
The Tzaddik’s Eternal Influence
20 Menachem Av, 5745 • August 7, 1985
My father gave his life helping to preserve Judaism in communist Russia; thus his Yahrzeit has great significance for all Jews – especially when we see the fruits of his self-sacrifice continuing to bear fruit today, with countless Jews from the Soviet Union observing Torah and Mitzvos.
Manuscripts – Historic but New
27 Tammuz, 5749 • July 30, 1989
The manuscripts you found written by the Rebbes of Chabad, and by my father, may have been written years and ages ago, but the teachings are absolutely fresh and new. Thousands of Jews have learned these new teachings, and this merit should bring you success in all that you do.
Children, Be Strong!
In 1939, the Rebbe’s father was exiled by the Soviet government to a remote region of Kazakhstan. At the end of his sentence, he and his wife traveled to the closest large city, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Leibel Raskin and his family were there to greet and assist them upon their arrival.
The Schneerson Resolve
Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi’s cousin, Reb Nochum Goldshmidt, was close with the Rebbe’s family when they lived in Dnepropretrovsk, Ukraine. Rabbi Ashkenazi recounts a story he heard from Reb Nochum about the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson.
Forty Years of Torah
Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Mexico, Avraham Hershberg, discusses the Rebbe’s newest campaigns, and ways to honor the Rebbe’s father on his 40th yahrzeit.
You Will Survive
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You Will Survive
Mr. Israel Adamski grew up in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and attended underground Torah classes taught by the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson. Here, he recalls Reb Levik’s prophetic words to him shortly before the outbreak of World War II.
Giving of Oneself
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Giving of Oneself
Learning from R’ Levi Yitzchok Schneerson’s Self-Sacrifice in Soviet Russia
The Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, whose passing is marked on the 20th of Av, was imprisoned and exiled to Kazakhstan for his stance against Soviet efforts to uproot Jewish learning and practice.
A Jew Just Like You
Mr. Israel Adamski lived in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, where Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, served as rabbi. He recalls Rabbi Levi Yitzchok performing an underground wedding, and inviting a communist informant to be the tenth man. (Late 1930’s)
A Holy Task
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A Holy Task
Thank you for taking care of my father’s gravesite in the past and for your help in the future, as well.
Saying Thank You
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Saying Thank You
Mr. Evsey Neymotin recalls his father’s efforts in assisting Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson, the Rebbe’s parents, when they arrived in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as well as the Rebbe’s expressions of gratitude when the Neymotins arrived in the United States many decades later.
Giving of Oneself
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Giving of Oneself
The passing of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, is marked on the 20th of Av. He was imprisoned and exiled to Kazakhstan for his stance against Soviet efforts to uproot Jewish learning and practice.
Unbroken Spirit
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Unbroken Spirit
Reb Gedaliah Mazal shares his memories of the arrival of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, in Alamty, Kazakhstan. Reb Gedaliah’s father became close to Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, and was present at his passing. (1940's)
A Leading Example
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A Leading Example
The Rambam teaches that anyone who dedicates himself to G-d’s work, studying Torah and fulfilling its commandments, can be considered as part of the special tribe of Levi. Such was the case with Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father, who gave himself over to the impossible task of providing true leadership to Soviet Jewry the Jews stuck in the USSR. He may have ended up paying with his life for his efforts, but his legacy has far outlived that of his oppressors.
Documenting History
Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Gottlieb was an author and biographer living in Betar Illit, Israel. Bothered by the fact that so little was known about the Rebbes’ father, he decided to write a book about him. (1960s)
Life Through the Lens of Kabbalah
The Rebbe’s father saw kabbalistic significance in every event in his life. Was this a humble approach?
A Personal Request
Israel Singer is a Jewish activist, academic and former secretary general of the World Jewish Congress. In the mid-1970s, he taught political science in New York and served on the staff of President Gerald Ford. When he visited the Rebbe in preparation for a trip to the Soviet Union, the Rebbe asked him for a personal favor. The feeling of privilege from carrying out the Rebbe’s wishes at that time, has remained the most special experience of his life to this day. (1974)
Chana Shapiro
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Chana Shapiro
Dnepropetrovsk, 1909
In 1909, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, Rebbetzin Chana and their three sons moved to Dnepropetrovsk, a huge military city 520 kilometers from Kiev, where Rabbi Levi Yitzchok became the rabbi of the city’s 25 synagogues and 50,000 Jews. He turned to Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin, asking him to teach his sons. Chana Shapiro is Rabbi Vilenkin’s daughter, recalling her parents’ descriptions of the children in their home.
A Kabbalistic Perspective to a Talmudic Debate
In honor of the 75th Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
How does Abaye and Rava’s childhood perspective on G-d, influence their Halachic opinions in the case of a lost object? Discover the novel approach of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson on the unique methodology of these two Talmudic sages, based on the teachings of Kabbalah.
Lesson 1: The Essence of a Jew
Is Judaism a set of beliefs, behaviors, or something else entirely? In the first installment of this four-part series, we begin our journey into R’ Levi Yitzchak’s teachings by unpacking the first line of the Ten Commandments, “I am G-d, your L-rd,” and answering the question: What does it mean to be a Jew?
Lesson 2: Heart, Mind & Soul
Three of G-d’s names start with the Hebrew letter Aleph. But only one begins with the letter Yud. In this lesson, we get into the nitty-gritty of R’ Levi Yitzchak’s philosophy of the Jewish soul by exploring several layers of Jewish texts - from King Nimrod to the three sons of Korach.
Lesson 3: Leah and Rochel
Should we be in the world, but not of it? In this lesson, we’re introduced to the final major theme of R’ Levi Yitzchak’s work - the dichotomy between the spiritual and the material. While other Jewish thinkers might prefer asceticism over indulgence, R’ Levi Yitzchak uses the story of Matriarchs Rochel and Leah to lay the groundwork for a radical new approach to Jewish living.
Lesson 4: Where Heaven Meets Earth
In the final installment of our four-part series, we uncover the culmination of R’ Levi Yitzchak’s work - a revolutionary moral philosophy that has reverberated down through the Rebbe’s teachings and come to reshape the Jewish world. Tune in to find out more.
“Levi Yitzchak”
20 Menachem Av, 5749 · August 21, 1989
An address to the campers of Gan Israel New York, on the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson: The primary purpose of my father’s self-sacrifice was the education of Jewish children under communist oppression.
Family Acquaintances
A Jew from Yekatrinaslov visits the Rebbe. His father was a Shochet for the Rebbe's father and was arrested and exiled by the communists along with him. An elderly Jew visits the Rebbe. As a child, he assisted the Rebbe's parents during their exile in Kazakhstan.
My Sukkah Is Your Sukkah
Sukkot and Self-Transcendence
The power of the sukkah to release us from our emotional attachments to the material world and make us available for intimate relationships with others.
The Life of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson
A Short Biography of the Mother of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
A look at the remarkable and heroic life of the mother of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory.
A Living Will
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A Living Will
20 Menachem Av, 5742 • August 9, 1982
When someone passes on, the bond they share with their loved ones below is not severed. Family and friends alive in this world can continue to bring the soul joy and happiness.
Reb Yitzchok the Schochet
Rabbi Mordechai Goldschmid’s father, Reb Nochum, grew up with the Rebbe in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine. His grandfather, Reb Yitzchok, was the local Shochet.
A Positive Emotion
The twentieth of Av marks the passing of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, the Rebbe’s father. Reflecting on the passing of a loved one is seldom joyous and often brings up feelings of sadness and even bitterness.
A Son’s Obligation
In 1970, Mordechai Gorelik was granted permission to leave the Soviet Union. His parents and brother, Rabbi Elozor Gorelik, remained there, trapped behind the Iron Curtain. During his first audience with the Rebbe, he presented the Rebbe with a photograph of the resting place of the Rebbe’s father in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
In My Father’s Name
“The synagogue carries my father’s name, so it has a connection to me, also.”
The Definition of ‘Reality’
Lost and Found, Lesson 4
An unprecedented presentation of two Talmudic mindsets: Abaye and Rava.
A mystic and scholar, he wrote commentaries on the most esoteric texts. As rabbi of a major Ukrainian city, he struggled valiantly to strengthen Judaism, in spite of Soviet intimidation.