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Chabad - Lubavitch Exhibition

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Library Of Agudas Chassidei Chabad Ohel Yosef Yitzchak Lubavitch
770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn N. Y. 11213
Tel: (718) 493-1537. Fax: (718) 756-2919

THE REBBE RASHAB


In the time of the Rebbe Rashab it was still impossible to print 
Jewish books in Russia without special permission from the 
censor, and then only at the printing company under 
government supervision established in Vilna. For this reason he 
also did not print his discourses during the years of his 
leadership. However he did give them out for his followers to 
hand-copy or mimeograph. One of these volumes is presented 
in the Exhibition:

81. Discourses of 1905-6, Mimeograph.

The only period when it was possible to print in Russia without 
investigation by the government inspector was in the Kerenski 
period, after the overthrow of the Czarist regime in 1917. From 
that period the Exhibition presents:

82. Communal letter, printed in the month of Iyar, 1917.

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The Rebbe Rashab did not officially accept the leadership until 
1894, however immediately after the passing of his father the 
Rebbe Maharash in 1823 he began saying and writing Chassidic 
discourses. He continued to do so until his passing in 1920. 

Presented in the Exhibition are:

83. The Rebbe Maharashs discourses that the Rebbe 
Rashab wrote in 1876, when he was 15 years old.

84. A page from a volume of his discourses, 1883.

85. A page from a volume of his discourses, 1920.

Also presented in the Exhibition:

86. A handwritten letter, 1878.

87. A responsa, 1918.

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After the outbreak of the war in 1915 the Rebbe Rashab and 
his family fled Lubavitch and settled in Rostov. He was unable 
to take his whole collection of books with him, so he deposited 
them for safekeeping in a warehouse in Moscow. The books 
remain there (in Moscow) until today. Nevertheless, the Rebbe 
Rashab did take with him his treasured collection of 
manuscripts plus about a hundred books that he and his fathers 
before him had acquired. 

From these books the Exhibition presents:

88. A volume of Talmud Yerushalmi, printed in Zitamir, 
with a number of notes in the Rebbe Rashabs handwriting 
on the margins.

Also presented in the Exhibition:

89. The Rebbe Rashabs Passport.

This passport is not for travel outside of Russia, but for travel 
inside Russia itself. It lists his journeys to Vitebsk, Moscow, 
Petersburg, Vilna and Rostov, from 1903 on.

90. His Shtar Tnoim, betrothal agreement, signed by the 
Tzemach Tzedek.

This was written on 10 Sivan, 1865, when the Rebbe Rashab 
was four and a half years old, about ten months before the 
Tzemach Tzedeks passing (13 Nissan, 5626 - 1866). 

The Tzemach Tzedek wrote the first line: "Mazal Tov...," and 
on the reverse side he added: "I too am obligated... So says 
Menachem Mendel."

169. Portrait of the Rebbe Rashab, original picture, large. 

170. Printing from the original picture.

171. Same as above, artistically restored.

172. Portrait, by Yakov Lipshitz. 

173. Portrait, by Gertrud Zulkerkandl, 1935. 

174. Same as above.

175. Same as above.

176. Same as above, wearing a Shtrimal, his hand covered 
by a handkerchief, while reciting a discourse. 

177. Portrait, by Nachum Yitzchok Kaplan.
 
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