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May 15, 1987 - Image 60

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-15

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Celebrating the Rebbe's 85th Birthday

Lubavitch, was translated into action, as Lubavitch
Centers and Chabad Houses were opened in dozens of
cities across the United States.

Many of the Rebbe's achievements have shaped so
deeply the development of post-war Judaism that we
hardly think of them as Lubavitch at all.

The Jewish day-school movement, of which Lubavitch
was one of the earliest pioneers, has wrecked the once-
prevalent ideology that Jewish education was a kind of
dutiful appendage to the "real business" of acquiring
a secular culture. The idea, in which Lubavitch was for
so long alone, of resuscitating dying communities by
sending out a resident nucleus of religious families, has
been widely copied by yeshivas in America and abroad.

Some 100 cities in 36 states in the United States and
5 provinces in Canada now have Lubavitch institutions
or centers.

In the Holy Land, Kfar Chabad — the Lubavitch ci-
ty near Tel Aviv, became a unique educational center
for thousands of Jewish Youth, and the headquarters
for Lubavitch activities throughout Israel. A huge net-
work of diversified Lubavitcher educational institutions
dot that entire country.

Lubavitch institutions have been established in coun-
tries on six continents.

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, world
leader of-the Chabad-Lubavitch Movement, has been
-described as the most phenomenal Jewish personality
of our time. To his tens of thousands of Chassidim and
hundreds of thousands- of sympathizers and admirers
around the world, he is "the Rebbe," today's most domi-
nant figure in Judaism and, undoubtedly, the one in-
dividual more than any other singularly responsible for
stirring the conscience and spiritual awakening of world

These institutions monitor the pulsebeat of Jewish
life in their respective communities and countries, and
contribute to their spiritual health and stability. Direc-
tors report to Lubavitch World Headquarters in New

The Rebbe is the person who guides each individual
towards his/her particular role: who, by standing above
the partiality of ego, taking a global view of the pro-
blems of the world, sees where the individual belongs.

His brilliant insights into the human experience and
world events, his genuine compassion for others, his
strong leadership and his profound endless flow of
genius shedding new light on the entire intricate spec-
trum of Jewish scholarship, have made him a legend
in his lifetime, and won him the admiration, respect and
awe of all those who have come to know him.

Under his leadership, Lubavitch has grown to be a
worldwide presence. In all its varied activities is
stamped the vision of one man: the Rebbe. And yet his
personality remains curiously opaque.

The word "Lubavitch" evokes many associations.
Above all, however, it signifies the Rebbe. Followers
travel thousands of miles for a brief audience. His public
addresses are attended by thousands. They are relayed
live by a communications nerve-center that links
listeners and viewers across the world with - the Rebbe
in his headquarters on Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

There is a story told about his early life that seems
to be almost symbolic of everything that was to follow.
When he was nine years old, the young Menachem
Mendel dived into the Black Sea to save the life of
another boy who had fallen from the deck of a moored
ship. That sense of other lives in danger seems to have
dominated his consciousness ever since a sense of Jews
drowning, and no one hearing their cries for help, Jews
on campus, in isolated communities, under repressive


Brooklyn, N.Y.: Paul Borman presents the Lubavit-
cher Rebbe with a copy of Governor Blanchard's
declaration in honor of the Rebbe's birthday. Look-
ing on is David Chase of Hartford, Connecticut,
Lubavitch National Chairman.

In 1929 Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, mar-
ried the second daughter of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchake
Schneerson, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rebbet-
zin Chaya Moussia, in Warsaw.

He later studied in the University of Berlin and then
at the Sorbonne in Paris. It may have been there that
his formidable knowledge of mathematics, medicine and
the sciences began to blossom.

Born in 1902, on the 11th day of Nissan, in Nikolaev,
Russia, the Rebbe is the son of the renowned Kabbalist
and Talmudic scholar, the late Rabbi Levi Yitzchak
Schneerson, and Rebbetzin Chana, as well as the great-
grandson of the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, and his
namesake, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch.

In 1941 he emigrated to the United States. Shortly
thereafter the Rebbe began writing his notations to
various Chassidic and Kabbalistic treatises, as well as
a wide range of responsa on Torah subjects. With
publications of these works his genius was soon
recognized by scholars throughout the world.

From early childhood he displayed a prodigious men-
tal acuity. By the time he reached his Bar Mitzvah, the
Rebbe was considered an `illuy, a Torah prodigy. He
spent his teen-age years immersed in the study of Torah.

In 1950, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, reluctantly
ascended to the leadership of the Lubavitch movement.
Soon, Lubavitch institutions and activities took on new
dimensions. The outreaching philosophy of Chabad-

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