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 21 January in 20’20. 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 in 17’98 after being cleared of slanderous false charges. This past year, the 19th of Kislev (“Yud-Tes” Kislev) began at sundown on Monday, 16 December 20’19. It is celebrated as the “Rosh HaShanah” (New Year’s Day) for the teachings of Chassidus.

In addition to the inner dimensions of Torah that he revealed in his Chabad Chassidic teachings, he was also a great authority in Torah law, and authored an updated edition of the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) – the Shulchan Aruch Ha’Rav.

Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi