Author: Rabbi Sholom Dovber Levin
In its 166 chapters, the book presents an eclectic overview of historical events and personalities connected to Chabad-Lubavitch since its establishment by the Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812) until the passing of the fifth Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneersohn, in 1920.
The historical sketches in the book are presented in chronological order, and cover such minor items as family lineage and marriages in the Schneersohn dynasty to more major themes such as the publication of classic Chasidic texts; the establishment of the central Chabad Yeshiva in the town of Lubavitch, in 1897, and a description of its various branches; the major Rabbinic conferences on Jewish affairs in Russia in 1842 and 1901, and following the Russian revolution.
The well-researched book is based on original documents and memoirs, housed in the Central Chabad-Lubavitch Library, making it an invaluable resource for the historian and layman alike.
Some of the chapters include:
- The lineage of the first Chabad leader, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
- His years as a disciple of Rabbi Dovber of Mezherich
- His published works: the Shulchan Aruch, Siddur, Tanya, and Discourses
- Published works of the second leader of Chabad, Rabbi Dovber; his establishment of the town of Lubavitch as the movement`s headquarters; his imprisonment by the Czarist regime in 1826
- Descriptions of the town of Lubavitch during the eras of the third through the fifth generation of Chabad
- Biographical sketches of several prominent Chasidim of the fourth and fifth Rebbes
- The social services activities of the fifth Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneersohn, on behalf of Russian Jewry
- The 1915 move of the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters from Lubavitch to Rostov-on-Don, Russia
The handsome 8 x11" 370 page volume is nicely complemented by photos and facsimiles of various historic manuscripts and documents.
Other books in this series, by the same author, include:
History of Chabad in Soviet Russia 1918-1940.
Toldos Chabad BePolin, Lita & Latvia 5550-5706.
History of Chabad in the Holy Land 1776-1940.
and History of Chabad in the United States 1900-1940. - Sold Out