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The Rebbe Speaks

On the 20th of Av—yartzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak—the Rebbe would dedicate special talks to the teachings and legacy of his illustrious father.

Chaf Av: The Sukkah as Eiruv
45th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson ז"ל ע"ה
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Giving of Oneself
Video | 8:07
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.
“Levi Yitzchak”
The Rebbe explains the inner meaning of his father's name
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.
A Living Will
Video | 6:02
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.
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 Holy Task
Video | 2:25
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.
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.