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On his birthday, we honor Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson z"l. Under his leadership, Chabad took a special interest in the success and welfare of Israel, & he continues to be a light of inspiration for Jews around the world.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902 - 1994)
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was without question a great Jewish figure, and one of the greatest Jewish leaders of the twentieth century. A talented and charismatic scholar, he was known across the world as simply “The Rebbe.” As the seventh Rebbe of the Lubavitch sect of Hasidim, he exponentially increased the movement’s influence and size. In an unprecedented flurry of outreach campaigns, he sent families of emissaries around the world, establishing thousands of Chabad centers that continue to serve the spiritual and physical needs of Jews of all backgrounds.
Even in an era before the Internet, Rabbi Schneerson had a global reach, with followers all over the world. In addition to guiding his own immediate flock of Lubavitcher Hasidim, the Rebbe expressed great concerns for the status of global Jewry. As such, he took a special interest in the success and welfare of the State of Israel. Given his myriad of lectures and writings about Israel, many are surprised to discover that Rabbi Schneerson never personally visited the country. Nevertheless, Israeli leaders of all stripes continually sought out his advice and blessing.
Many of these moments were captured on camera, and can today be viewed online. For example, in one recording from 1988, Benjamin Netanyahu approaches Rabbi Schneerson for a blessing. The Lubavitcher Rebbe offers him a fascinating combination of religious guidance along with practical political opinions and insight. Similarly, when Ariel Sharon was considering retiring from the military, he consulted with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who convinced him to remain as one of Israel’s top generals.
Rabbi Schneerson often faced disdain and derision from “mainstream” Haredi Judaism for stubbornly continuing to praise Israel and its military and pray for its continued success. Many major rabbinic figures of the Haredi establishment tended to negatively view any aspect of Israel connected to its mostly secular government (more so in the early years than today). In response, Rabbi Schneerson occasionally suggested that God acts through the courageous soldiers of the IDF, such as in the case of Operation Entebbe.
Through his steadfast leadership, the Rebbe steered the Chabad movement into embracing a pro-Israel attitude, writing to Ben Gurion “that Eretz Israel in all aspects, both present and future, should constitute a factor uniting Jews everywhere, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox of all trends.” Not surprisingly, many of his emissaries are among the most fervent supporters of Israel in their communities. The Rebbe continues to serve as a light of inspiration for Jews around the world, with his heartfelt dedication to Israel remembered and cherished by all who encounter his teachings.