Rabbi Shneur Zalman’s opposition to Napoleon

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Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745-1812 C.E.) was the founder of the Chabad branch of the Chassidic movement. The 19th-20th of Kislev, which can fall from in late November to mid December, is the anniversary of his miraculous release from prison in Czarist Russia after being cleared of slanderous false charges. This year, the 19th of Kislev (“Yud-Tes” Kislev) begins at sundown on Dec. 18th, 20’16. It is celebrated as the “Rosh HaShanah” (New Year’s Day) for the teachings of Chassidus.

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