Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Yud Beis-Gimmel Tammuz Farbrengen this Thursday Night

There will be a farbrengen in honor of Yud Beis-Gimmel Tammuz this Thursday night, July 10, following the 9:30 PM Maariv minyan at Tzemach Tzedek.

Yud Beis Tammuz commemorates the birth date of the Freidirker Rebbe as well as the day that he 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, G-d forbid. 

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, and Tammuz 12-13 is celebrated as a "festival of liberation" by Chassidim.

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