Rabbi Shneur Zalman’s opposition to Napoleon


Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745-1812 C.E.) was the founder of the Chabad branch of the Chassidic movement. The anniversary of his passing on 24 Tevet falls on 28 December in 20’21.

His chassidic holiday of 19th-20th of Kislev falls between late November and mid December. It is the anniversary of his miraculous release from prison in Czarist Russia in 17’98, after he was cleared of slanderous false charges. This year (20’21), the 19th of Kislev (“Yud-Tes” Kislev) began at sundown on 22 November. It is celebrated as the “Rosh HaShanah” (New Year’s Day) for the teachings of Chassidus.

The Alter Rebbe spread out inner dimensions of Torah that he revealed in his Chabad Chassidic teachings. He was also a great authority in Torah law. For example, he authored an updated edition of the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law), titled the Shulchan Aruch Ha’Rav.

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi