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An Encounter with the Alter Rebbe

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An Encounter with the Alter Rebbe

Rabbi Yehuda Leib Schapiro heard Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik retell the story of the Alter Rebbe’s attempt to visit the Vilna Gaon, as it had been passed down through his own family, all the way back to the Gaon’s chief disciple.
R. Elijah, the Gaon of Vilna, Lubavitcher Rebbe
An Encounter with the Alter Rebbe
Disc 42, Program 168

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Rachel Chekroun North/Central Florida March 20, 2014

Am at the moment enjoying the thumbnail reviews of the 'Rebbe' and the 'Gaon" and having read the new book, 'The Genius" by Stern as well as "Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi" by Nissan Mendel, I've been comparing for a long time. It's come up before that people believed the Gaon to be in his soul Chassidic...but that they should not forget that with the religious emotions there must be channeling to Torah and Mitzvoth. This has been primary in my thoughts and feelings for some time because I have so many maternal DNA "connections" with Lithuania and western 'Russian"...As well as "Yekke" Prussia (like Berlin to Stettin and then east), but am deeply connected with Chassidic Chabad now. It would seem that both perspectives are absolutely necessary for a totally successful unity of the Jewish Nation! Reply

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