Friday, June 29, 2012

Yud Beis Tammuz Farbrengen

This Monday evening, July 2, there will be a farbrengen at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Beis Tammuz.

Mincha will be at 8:15 PM followed buy the farbrengen.

The twelfth of Tammuz is the birthday the Frierdiker Rebbe, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950). 

This is also the day on which the Frierdiker Rebbe was officially granted release from his sentence of exile to Kastroma in the interior of Russia. Twenty-seven days earlier, the Rebbe had been arrested by agents of the GPU and the Yevsektzia (Jewish Section of the Communist Party) for his activities to preserve Judaism throughout the Soviet empire and sentenced to death. 

International pressure forced the Soviets to commute the sentence to exile and, subsequently, to release him completely. The actual release took place on Tammuz 13 making the twelfth and thirteenth of Tammuz days that are celebrated as "a festival of liberation" for Lubavitcher Chassidim around the world.