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Monday, November 19, 2007



The handwritten "Shaar Daf" of Kuntres HaHispa'alus, 5594 [1834] edition
Today, 9 (Tes) Kislev, is both the birthday and the 180th yahrzeit of Rebbe Dov Ber of Lubavitch, the Mittler Rebbe. Tomorrow, 10 (Yud) Kislev, is the anniversary of his release from prison.
Rebbe Dov Ber was the famous son of a very famous father – Rebbe Schneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad, and of the distinguished line of the Schneerson family of Lubavitcher Rebbes. Rebbe Dov Ber was the oldest of three sons, and he succeeded his father as the head of the Chabad Chassidim. It was he who made Lubavitch – a small town in White Russia – his residence, and it continued to be the center of Chabad for over 100 years. This is how the heads of Chabad became known as "Lubavitcher" Rebbes, and the Chassidim as "Lubavitcher" Chassidim.
In addition to his many talents, Rebbe Dov Ber inherited from his father a great love for sacred music and Chassidic melody…
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