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Where Are You?

The founder of Chabad Chasidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, known as the Alter Rebbe, was arrested by the Czarist authorities in Russia. He was accused of treason, aiding the Czars enemies in the Ottoman Empire. In reality, he was simply urging his followers to send charity to the poor Jews of Israel. Spiritually speaking, there was another reason that heaven orchestrated the arrest: the Alter Rebbe was spreading the secrets of Chasidism too widely.
Kislev 19, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Where Are You?
Disc 200, Program 797

Event Date: 19 Kislev 5718 - December 12, 1957

The founder of Chasidism, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, known as the Alter Rebbe, was arrested by the Czarist authorities in Russia. He was accused of treason, aiding the Czars enemies in the Ottoman Empire. In reality, he was simply urging his followers to send charity to the poor Jews of Israel. Spiritually speaking, there was another reason that heaven orchestrated the arrest: the Alter Rebbe was spreading the secrets of Chasidism too widely.

While in prison, the Alter Rebbe was visited by a high-ranking minister who came to question him. The response the Alter Rebbe gave him is actually a most important lesson for every one of us, and it answers one of Judaism’s most basic apparent paradoxes.

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