Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yud Gimmel Tishrei Farbrengen

There will be a farbrengen this Shabbos, Parshas Haazinu, following davening at Tzemach Tzedek in honor of Yud Gimmel Tishrei, the yahrtzeit of the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn, known as the Maharash.

Rabbi Shmuel was born in the town of Lubavitch on the 2nd of Iyar of the year 5594 from creation (1834). His father was Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch (1789-1866). 

Though the youngest of Rabbi Menachem Mendel's seven sons, Rabbi Shmuel was chosen to succeed his father as the leader of Chabad Chassidism in the movement's capitol, Lubavitch, at the latter's passing in 1866 (four of his brothers established branches of Chabad in other towns in White Russia and Ukraine).

In addition to authoring and delivering more than 1,000 maamarim of Chassidic teaching, Rabbi Shmuel was extensively involved in Jewish communal affairs and traveled throughout Europe in order to generate pressure on the Czarist regime to halt its instigation of pogroms against the Jews of Russia. 

Rabbi Shmuel passed away at the age of 48 on Tishrei 13, 5643 (1882).