Monday, December 12, 2011

Chabad Tel Aviv celebrating "Yom HaGe'ulah - Redemption Day"


The entire Chabad - World is going to celebrate its so - called "Yom HaGe'ulah - Redemption Day" this upcoming Wednesday. It is the anniversary of the day the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, was released from a Russian jail. 

Here in Tel Aviv, Chabad is announcing interesting participants in the celebration such as Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi, Israel Me'ir Lau, as well as the Deputy Minister of Education, Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses. 

I will go and think that it may be interesting seeing the Litvishe Rabbi Lau and the Vishnitzer Rabbi Moses participating in the "Yom HaGe'ulah" of Chabad.:-)

Photo: Miriam Woelke


  1. Lots of different hasidim celebrate this particular festival. The Alter Rebbe was the author of the well respected Shulchan Aruch Harav as well as the Tanya and the widely studied Torah Or and he has high status among many hasidim and other haredim.

  2. B'H

    Miriam, eventhough the Alter Rebbe was the founder of Chasidus Chabad, he was accepted and recognized as a Torah giant in the whole Chasidic world (don't forget that he was personnaly appointed by the Mezeritcher Magid to write a new Shulchane Aruch which would include Chasidic and Kabbalistic Minhagim). As such, Yud-Tes Kislev is celebrated in many many Chasidic courts besides Lubavitch. And do'nt forget that the Lubavitch of old had nothing to do with Lubavitch of nowadays. In the past, Lubavitch was universaly accepted in the Chasidic world and was walking hand in hand with other Chasidic courts like Satmar. Yud-Tes Kislev is a Yom Tov for the whole Chasidic velt, and not only in Chabad.

  3. B"H

    @ Moshe

    I know, as even my friends in Batei Hungarin acknowledge the Alter Rebbe.:-)

  4. B'H

    Generaly, they acknowledge Chabad Rebbes from the Alter to the Rebbe Rayatz, that means the first six Chabad Rebbes, while they tend to reject or have much more struggle to accept the seventh and last Rebbe who, according to them, turned the original Chasidus Chabad into a modern version. For them, only the shita of the first six Rebbes is authentical, while the nowadays Lubavitch is "Modern Orthodoxy disguised in Chasidic clothes".

  5. B"H

    That's true, as many other Chassidim see the seventh Rebbe as too involved in his messianic ideas. Him claiming that Rebbe Yoseph Yitzchak was Meshiach and then later introducing all this "Yechi Adonenu" ideology.

    The first six Rebbes, however, look very original to other Chassidim. Like "the good old days".

    The same with Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. All the new Ba'alei Teshuva movements in Breslov are not accepted except for the originals under Rabbi Schechter.

  6. B'H

    And the first six Chabad Rebbes wore a Shtreimel as all the other Chasidim. Only the last Lubavitcher Rebbe didn't wear one, as I already explained it in another post. Moreover, in the Lubavitch of old our kind of hat was quite similar to what you see in other Heimishe Chasidic communities. But don't think it's over. Eventhough the nowadays Lubavitch is mainly modern, there are many (a minority), like myself, who still hold to the ancient Lubavitch tradition with the ancient hat, the Tallis over the shirt like the previous Chabad Rebbe (and not under the shirt like the last Chabad Rebbe)and are considered "old-school", and you find them in Chabad neighborhoods like here in Antwerp. I really miss the Lubavitch of old...

    But you are right, there is the same thing within Breslov.

  7. B"H

    I would rather love to see the old days than all those modern ideologies today. Anyone with a hat on and a tiny bit of TANYA knowledge is already calling himself a Chabad Rabbi. At least, I have seen so in Zfat and Jerusalem.