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It Takes Two

Learning from how the Alter Rebbe gave away his huge dowry

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It Takes Two: Learning from how the Alter Rebbe gave away his huge dowry

When the match was proposed between the Alter Rebbe, the founder of Chabad Lubavitch, and Shterna, the daughter of one of the wealthiest Jews of his day, the Alter Rebbe set a tough precondition: His dowry was to be used to help settle poor Jews on the land, and help them earn a livelihood.
Shalom Bayit (Marital Harmony), Chessed; Acts of Kindness, R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Alter Rebbe), Lubavitcher Rebbe
It Takes Two
Learning from how the Alter Rebbe gave away his huge dowry
Disc 136, Program 544

Event Date: 20 Kislev 5720 - December 21, 1959

When the match was proposed between the Alter Rebbe, the founder of Chabad Lubavitch, and Shterna, the daughter of one of the wealthiest Jews of his day, the Alter Rebbe set a tough precondition: His dowry was to be used to help settle poor Jews on the land, and help them earn a livelihood.

In the Rebbe’s telling of this story, the Alter Rebbe’s generosity is almost beside the point – but the way he took up the matter with his bride is a living lesson.

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