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Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Telushkin
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“One of the greatest religious biographies ever written.” – Dennis Prager

In this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering figure who saw beyond conventional boundaries to turn his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into one of the most dynamic and widespread organizations ever seen in the Jewish world. At once an incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive guide to understanding one of the most vital, intriguing figures of the last centuries.

From his modest headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Rebbe advised some of the world's greatest leaders and shaped matters of state and society. Statesmen and artists as diverse as Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Yitzchak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Elie Wiesel, and Bob Dylan span the spectrum of those who sought his counsel.  Rebbe explores Schneerson's overarching philosophies against the backdrop of treacherous history, revealing his clandestine operations to rescue and sustain Jews in the Soviet Union, and his critical role in the expansion of the food stamp program throughout the United States. More broadly, it examines how he became in effect an ambassador for Jews globally, and how he came to be viewed by many as not only a spiritual archetype but a savior. Telushkin also delves deep into the more controversial aspects of the Rebbe's leadership, analyzing his views on modern science and territorial compromise in Israel, and how in the last years of his life, many of his followers believed that he would soon be revealed as the Messiah, a source of contention until this day.

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One of the greatest religious biographies ever written. Generations from now, Rebbe will be read by people of every faith. --Dennis Prager, national talk show host and New York Time bestselling author of Still the Best Hope

An iconic figure comes alive in these pages, a man of wisdom and learning, yes, but also of deep personal caring and kindness... An astounding personal biography. --Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service

Whether you are a believer, an admirer or a respectful skeptic, you will learn much from this deep and accessible account of a truly great man by a great writer. --Alan M. Dershowitz, professor emeritus, Harvard Law School, and author of Taking the Stand

About the Author

Joseph Telushkin is a rabbi, scholar, and the bestselling author of eighteen books, among them A Code of Jewish Ethics and Hillel. His book Jewish Literacy is the widest-selling work on the topic of Judaism. He lives with his wife, Dvorah, in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3795 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Wave (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Kindle Edition
‘Rebbe’ written by Joseph Telushkin is book that deals with the life of Menachem M. Schneerson, as the book title says “the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History”, a biography which sometimes seems like a hagiography, but the book certainly worth reading.

Known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe he was well-known Hasidic rabbi who was the last Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch community. As fifth in a paternal line to the third Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Schneerson took over this Jewish community in the early 1950s from his father-in-law and lead it until his death 1994.

He became very known person because of his activities over the planet, among others his foundation of number of institutions such as schools, synagogues and kindergartens that were teaching traditional religious practices among the Jewish community. Even during his life, by many of his followers he was seen as kind of saint, Messiah, though Schneerson modestly rejected such glorification.

It must be said is that although ‘Rebbe’ with its more than 600 pages is demanding book, actually it’s easy and interesting to read because of humor and many anecdotes from life of this person who always emphasized the importance of education and believed in the potential for salvation of everyone, not matter how difficult it may sound for some people.

Therefore, this well-made biography about Menachem M. Schneerson, this remarkable man is read that can be recommended.
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This book is written from the point of view of a man who was given unprecedented access to the Rebbe's world, it's respectful, factual and fascinating. Much of it would already be known to most if not all Chabad chassidim, but for those who admire the Rebbe who aren't his chassidim, this is a valuable insight into the private world of an extraordinary man.
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Fascinating book about one of the most famous Jewish figures ever. The Rebbe continues to inspire thousands across the world. The author has picked a thematic approach (rather than chronological approach) to telling the Rebbe's story and this really enhances the book in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book! Well researched! 4 Aug. 2015
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Excellent book, well researched, thoroughly written, and gives a eye opener to a visionary who changed the world by example, and by creating leaders.
Great read. Greatly recommended for Jews and non Jews alike.
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