on 12 June 2014
‘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.
on 21 February 2015
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.
on 4 August 2015
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.