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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (25 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691154422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691154428
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How do you write a biography of the Messiah? That is the question that Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, two leading Jewish social scientists, have had to tackle in their groundbreaking study of Menachem Mendel Schneerson. -- Times Literary Supplement



[A]n outstanding biography of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher rebbe. . . . This well-written presentation, based on exhaustive scholarship, will stand as the definitive statement about the life and times of a highly influential religious leader. -- Publishers Weekly



This fascinating book by two outstanding scholars of contemporary Jewry is a must-read for those interested in the Lubavitch movement, whether insiders or outsiders. . . . Overall, it examines a mystery that compels the reader's interest. -- Jewish Book World



Prominent sociologists Heilman and Friedman have written an important book on the Lubavitcher movement, perhaps the most notable sect within Orthodox Judaism. "The Rebbe", however, is also a provocative biography of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, one of the 20th century's most influential religious leaders. . . . For those unfamiliar with Schneerson's powerful religious message and messianic mission, this is essential reading. -- Choice


[A]n outstanding biography of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher rebbe. . . . This well-written presentation, based on exhaustive scholarship, will stand as the definitive statement about the life and times of a highly influential religious leader. -- "Publishers Weekly

How do you write a biography of the Messiah? That is the question that Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, two leading Jewish social scientists, have had to tackle in their groundbreaking study of Menachem Mendel Schneerson. -- "Times Literary Supplement

This fascinating book by two outstanding scholars of contemporary Jewry is a must-read for those interested in the Lubavitch movement, whether insiders or outsiders. . . . Overall, it examines a mystery that compels the reader's interest. -- "Jewish Book World

Prominent sociologists Heilman and Friedman have written an important book on the Lubavitcher movement, perhaps the most notable sect within Orthodox Judaism. "The Rebbe", however, is also a provocative biography of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, one of the 20th century's most influential religious leaders. . . . For those unfamiliar with Schneerson's powerful religious message and messianic mission, this is essential reading. -- "Choice

[T]his book will serve as the most outstanding work in print on the Rebbe's life, his influence and his afterlife.--Aaron Howard "Jewish Herald-Voice "

"The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson" by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman fills a considerable void in the biography of one of the towering religious figures of the 20th century. . . . I am grateful to the authors for a profoundly human biography that will hopefully spur a whole new literature on the rebbe as man rather than angel and as person rather than saint.--Rabbi Shmuley Boteach "New York Jewish Week "

[A]n important biography. . . . This is as full and reliable an account of the life of this towering spiritual leader as we are likely to get.--Saul Rosenberg "New York Sun "

Lively and provocative. . . . [An] eye-opening account of the Rebbe's 'life and afterlife.' . . . [T]he best analytical study of the two major themes that it addresses: A critical and often boldly psychological biography of Schneerson is prefaced and supplemented by two chapters devoted to a sociological analysis of the beliefs and behaviors of his Hasidim, especially after the death of the man they were--and most still are--convinced was the Messiah.--Allan Nadler "Forward "

[A] superb new biography. . . . Mr. Heilman and Mr. Friedman are the perfect guides to tell this story. Their book is a model of meticulous research and balanced, wise assessments. . . . The authors tell a riveting tale. No better account of this amazing saga of faith, hope, triumph and delusional madness can be imagined. To enjoy this book and learn its profound lessons, you don't have to be Jewish.--Martin Sieff "Washington Times "

Sixteen years after the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a flurry of new publications indicates not only how enduring the interest is in his life and legacy, but how potent the minefield is surrounding his mythology. . . . The Heilman-Friedman book is generating the most controversy. Written for a lay audience, it frames Schneerson's mission, and that of the Chabad movement he led, as motivated by Messianism, here defined as the attempt to hasten the Messianic era through human actions.--Sue Fishkoff "Jewish Telegraphic Agency "

When Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, the two most distinguished sociologists of contemporary Orthodox Judaism set out to write this book, I was green with envy. They would combine their considerable talents and learning to bear on arguably the most fascinating, perhaps even the most successful, late 20th century Jewish religious leader. . . . They have done an admirable job.--Michael Berenbaum "Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles "

In this exemplary work, we are treated to a well-written, well-documented history of the rise, life, death, and 'afterlife' of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-94), the seventh-and last larger-than-life-leader (or 'rebbe') of ChaBaD Lubavitcher Hasidism. . . . An outstanding book, strongly recommended for all interested in studying Schneerson and his beliefs.--Anthony J. Elia "Library Journal "

[T]he extraordinary biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe executed by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, two sociologists who have cooperated in an exacting study of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century. . . . They deploy this approach in a narrative that is extraordinarily smooth in its literary style and transforms what could have been a dry and jargon-ridden sociological foray into a highly readable and occasionally even gripping exploration of the inner workings and theological complications that have animated the Lubavitcher 'empire' in the recent past.--Arnold Ages "Indianapolis Post & Opinion "

This is a very good, accessible, non-hagiographic biography of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe. . . . Highly recommended for collections of twentieth century Jewish history.--Shmuel Ben-Gad "AJL Newsletter "

Where Heilman and Friedman excel is in separating fact from fiction in the rebbe's life. . . . I am grateful to the authors for a profoundly human biography that will hopefully spur a whole new literature on the rebbe as man rather than angel and as person rather than saint.--Shmuley Boteach "Jerusalem Post "

Illuminating. . . . [A] clearly written and engaging biography. . . . For anyone interested in a sophisticated sociological analysis of how Schneerson was able to become 'The Rebbe' this is a must read.--Nathaniel Deutsch "Haaretz "


"The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson" by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman fills a considerable void in the biography of one of the towering religious figures of the 20th century. . . . I am grateful to the authors for a profoundly human biography that will hopefully spur a whole new literature on the rebbe as man rather than angel and as person rather than saint.--Rabbi Shmuley Boteach "New York Jewish Week "


[A]n important biography. . . . This is as full and reliable an account of the life of this towering spiritual leader as we are likely to get.
--Saul Rosenberg "New York Sun "


Lively and provocative. . . . [An] eye-opening account of the Rebbe's 'life and afterlife.' . . . [T]he best analytical study of the two major themes that it addresses: A critical and often boldly psychological biography of Schneerson is prefaced and supplemented by two chapters devoted to a sociological analysis of the beliefs and behaviors of his Hasidim, especially after the death of the man they were--and most still are--convinced was the Messiah.
--Allan Nadler "Forward "



"The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson" by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman fills a considerable void in the biography of one of the towering religious figures of the 20th century. . . . I am grateful to the authors for a profoundly human biography that will hopefully spur a whole new literature on the rebbe as man rather than angel and as person rather than saint.
--Rabbi Shmuley Boteach "New York Jewish Week "


[T]his book will serve as the most outstanding work in print on the Rebbe's life, his influence and his afterlife.
--Aaron Howard "Jewish Herald-Voice "


Sixteen years after the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a flurry of new publications indicates not only how enduring the interest is in his life and legacy, but how potent the minefield is surrounding his mythology. . . . The Heilman-Friedman book is generating the most controversy. Written for a lay audience, it frames Schneerson's mission, and that of the Chabad movement he led, as motivated by Messianism, here defined as the attempt to hasten the Messianic era through human actions.
--Sue Fishkoff "Jewish Telegraphic Agency "


In this exemplary work, we are treated to a well-written, well-documented history of the rise, life, death, and 'afterlife' of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-94), the seventh-and last larger-than-life-leader (or 'rebbe') of ChaBaD Lubavitcher Hasidism. . . . An outstanding book, strongly recommended for all interested in studying Schneerson and his beliefs.
--Anthony J. Elia "Library Journal "


When Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, the two most distinguished sociologists of contemporary Orthodox Judaism set out to write this book, I was green with envy. They would combine their considerable talents and learning to bear on arguably the most fascinating, perhaps even the most successful, late 20th century Jewish religious leader. . . . They have done an admirable job.
--Michael Berenbaum "Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles "


[T]he extraordinary biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe executed by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, two sociologists who have cooperated in an exacting study of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century. . . . They deploy this approach in a narrative that is extraordinarily smooth in its literary style and transforms what could have been a dry and jargon-ridden sociological foray into a highly readable and occasionally even gripping exploration of the inner workings and theological complications that have animated the Lubavitcher 'empire' in the recent past.
--Arnold Ages "Indianapolis Post & Opinion "


[A] superb new biography. . . . Mr. Heilman and Mr. Friedman are the perfect guides to tell this story. Their book is a model of meticulous research and balanced, wise assessments. . . . The authors tell a riveting tale. No better account of this amazing saga of faith, hope, triumph and delusional madness can be imagined. To enjoy this book and learn its profound lessons, you don't have to be Jewish.
--Martin Sieff "Washington Times "


Where Heilman and Friedman excel is in separating fact from fiction in the rebbe's life. . . . I am grateful to the authors for a profoundly human biography that will hopefully spur a whole new literature on the rebbe as man rather than angel and as person rather than saint.
--Shmuley Boteach "Jerusalem Post "


Illuminating. . . . [A] clearly written and engaging biography. . . . For anyone interested in a sophisticated sociological analysis of how Schneerson was able to become 'The Rebbe' this is a must read.
--Nathaniel Deutsch "Haaretz "


This is a very good, accessible, non-hagiographic biography of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe. . . . Highly recommended for collections of twentieth century Jewish history.
--Shmuel Ben-Gad "AJL Newsletter "

There is a great deal that is new in this very readable study and much that should interest students not only of Hasidism but also of charismatic religious groups in general.--Shaul Stampfer "Religious Studies Review "


One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011

Winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies, Jewish Book Council


"How do you write a biography of the Messiah? That is the question that Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, two leading Jewish social scientists, have had to tackle in their groundbreaking study of Menachem Mendel Schneerson."--"Times Literary Supplement"

"[A]n outstanding biography of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher rebbe. . . . This well-written presentation, based on exhaustive scholarship, will stand as the definitive statement about the life and times of a highly influential religious leader."--"Publishers Weekly"

"[A]n important biography. . . . This is as full and reliable an account of the life of this towering spiritual leader as we are likely to get."--Saul Rosenberg, "New York Sun"

"Lively and provocative. . . . [An] eye-opening account of the Rebbe's 'life and afterlife.' . . . [T]he best analytical study of the two major themes that it addresses: A critical and often boldly psychological biography of Schneerson is prefaced and supplemented by two chapters devoted to a sociological analysis of the beliefs and behaviors of his Hasidim, especially after the death of the man they were--and most still are--convinced was the Messiah."--Allan Nadler, "Forward"

"This fascinating book by two outstanding scholars of contemporary Jewry is a must-read for those interested in the Lubavitch movement, whether insiders or outsiders. . . . Overall, it examines a mystery that compels the reader's interest."--"Jewish Book World"

""The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson" by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman fills a considerable void in the biography of one of the towering religious figures of the 20th century. . . . I am grateful to the authors for a profoundly human biography that will hopefully spur a whole new literature on the rebbe as man rather than angel and as person rather than saint."--Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, "New York Jewish Week"

"[T]his book will serve as the most outstanding work in print on the Rebbe's life, his influence and his afterlife."--Aaron Howard, "Jewish Herald-Voice"

"Sixteen years after the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a flurry of new publications indicates not only how enduring the interest is in his life and legacy, but how potent the minefield is surrounding his mythology. . . . The Heilman-Friedman book is generating the most controversy. Written for a lay audience, it frames Schneerson's mission, and that of the Chabad movement he led, as motivated by Messianism, here defined as the attempt to hasten the Messianic era through human actions."--Sue Fishkoff, "Jewish Telegraphic Agency"

"In this exemplary work, we are treated to a well-written, well-documented history of the rise, life, death, and 'afterlife' of Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-94), the seventh-and last larger-than-life-leader (or 'rebbe') of ChaBaD Lubavitcher Hasidism. . . . An outstanding book, strongly recommended for all interested in studying Schneerson and his beliefs."--Anthony J. Elia, "Library Journal"

"When Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, the two most distinguished sociologists of contemporary Orthodox Judaism set out to write this book, I was green with envy. They would combine their considerable talents and learning to bear on arguably the most fascinating, perhaps even the most successful, late 20th century Jewish religious leader. . . . They have done an admirable job."--Michael Berenbaum, "Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles"

"[T]he extraordinary biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe executed by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, two sociologists who have cooperated in an exacting study of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century. . . . They deploy this approach in a narrative that is extraordinarily smooth in its literary style and transforms what could have been a dry and jargon-ridden sociological foray into a highly readable and occasionally even gripping exploration of the inner workings and theological complications that have animated the Lubavitcher 'empire' in the recent past."--Arnold Ages, "Indianapolis Post & Opinion"

"[A] superb new biography. . . . Mr. Heilman and Mr. Friedman are the perfect guides to tell this story. Their book is a model of meticulous research and balanced, wise assessments. . . . The authors tell a riveting tale. No better account of this amazing saga of faith, hope, triumph and delusional madness can be imagined. To enjoy this book and learn its profound lessons, you don't have to be Jewish."--Martin Sieff, "Washington Times"

"Where Heilman and Friedman excel is in separating fact from fiction in the rebbe's life. . . . I am grateful to the authors for a profoundly human biography that will hopefully spur a whole new literature on the rebbe as man rather than angel and as person rather than saint."--Shmuley Boteach, "Jerusalem Post"

"Illuminating. . . . [A] clearly written and engaging biography. . . . For anyone interested in a sophisticated sociological analysis of how Schneerson was able to become 'The Rebbe' this is a must read."--Nathaniel Deutsch, "Haaretz"

"Prominent sociologists Heilman and Friedman have written an important book on the Lubavitcher movement, perhaps the most notable sect within Orthodox Judaism. "The Rebbe," however, is also a provocative biography of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe, one of the 20th century's most influential religious leaders. . . . For those unfamiliar with Schneerson's powerful religious message and messianic mission, this is essential reading."--"Choice"

"This is a very good, accessible, non-hagiographic biography of the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe. . . . Highly recommended for collections of twentieth century Jewish history."--Shmuel Ben-Gad, "AJL Newsletter"

"There is a great deal that is new in this very readable study and much that should interest students not only of Hasidism but also of charismatic religious groups in general."--Shaul Stampfer, "Religious Studies Review"

"This book is helpful as an account of the transformation of Chabad from inner-directed to outer-facing, from a lineage that prized lengthy contemplative prayer to one that celebrates bold feats of outreach."--Nehemia Polen, "Modern Judaism"

One of "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011
Winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies, Jewish Book Council

From the Back Cover

"Brilliant, well-researched, and sure to be controversial, "The Rebbe" is the most important biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson ever to appear. Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, two of the world's foremost sociologists of religion, have produced a landmark study of Chabad, religious messianism, and one of the greatest spiritual figures of the twentieth century."--Jonathan D. Sarna, author of "American Judaism: A History"

""The Rebbe" is a must-read book for anyone concerned with contemporary Jewry as well as for historians of religion. Heilman and Friedman have done a masterful job of combining impeccable scholarship with a great sense of the drama unfolding before them. They dispel myths and restore the Rebbe to the real world of humanity, doing so with sensitivity and warmth."--Arthur Green, author of "Tormented Master: The Life and Spiritual Quest of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav"

"This book offers a deeply engaging and well-researched account of the rise to power of one of the most intriguing religious figures of the twentieth century, Jewish or otherwise. There are few subjects in the study of contemporary Judaism of greater interest or relevance than the messianic legacy of the Rebbe. This book will become the definitive study on the subject."--David N. Myers, author of "Between Jew and Arab"

"This is a timely and important book. Authored by two highly reputable scholars, "The Rebbe" is likely to appeal to an eager and broad readership, academic and lay. It has few rivals."--Ada Rapoport-Albert, editor of "Hasidism Reappraised"

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4.0 out of 5 stars an amazing story, though not flawless 2 Dec. 2012
By Michael Lewyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not having dug through the charges and counter-charges, I can't really comment on the disputes over how accurately the book recounts the details of the Rebbe's early life.

I can say that the story is amazing to the extent it is true (and would be an amazing novel if it wasn't!) The basic outline is as follows: in the 1930s, Menachem Schneerson, despite his Hasidic ancestry and father-in-law, basically lived as a modern Orthodox Jew (although an extremely pious one, at least in some respects). He tried to become an engineer, but his ambitions were frustrated when France refused to allow him to practice (because he was not a French citizen) and Hitler's invasion of France forced him to flee to America (where his lack of English skills limited his opportunities). He then worked full-time for his father-in-law (the then-leader of the Chabad/Lubavitcher sect) because of some mix of personal piety, personal devotion to his father-in-law, and the lack of any career alternative.

Schneerson was so brilliant and charismatic that Chabad Hasidim drafted him as rebbe of the sect himself a decade or so later, and over the ensuing decades he turned a tiny sect into a worldwide Jewish outreach organization. This is a story as astonishing as Moses' evolution from Egyptian prince to leader of Judaism- except it happened in our lifetimes!

The book tries to explain why the Rebbe was so successful in leading Chabad. Some of the factors in his success were:

*Because he had lived outside the bubble of a Hasidic neighborhood, he was somewhat able to relate to Jews outside that bubble.

*In particular, while the previous Lubavitcher rebbe emphasized that the Messiah would only come after Divine punishment for secularism, the Rebbe re-engineered Chabad to emphasize hope and positive evolution towards Messianism;

*He realized that Chabad's home base in Brooklyn was already saturated with Hasidim of various types; the only way for Chabad to grow was to go beyond Brooklyn. So the rebbe sent many (if not most) of his younger Hasidim beyond Brooklyn, to create Chabad Houses (essentially outreach-oriented mini-synagogues, just to oversimplify for brevity's sake).

*By reaching out to marginal Jews, as well as providing assistance to Orthodox travelers, his Chabad Houses created a base of financial and moral support for their activities.

The book does suffers from two weaknesses: first, it speculates perhaps a bit too much and with a little too much certainty about what the Rebbe might have been thinking. Second, in describing the last years of the Rebbe's life, it emphasizes the colorful antics of those Hasidim who believed that the Rebbe was the Messiah, implying that nearly all the Rebbe's followers believed this- something that seems not to be true today (although I don't know much about the situation when the Rebbe was still alive).
114 of 165 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Scholarship 26 May 2010
By David Eliezrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has an interesting approach to research. Using the sources that will validate the authors theories and ignoring the information that challenges it. It seems they decided the outcome before they started the research and molded the book based on their prior assumptions.

Their primary argument is that Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was a student struggling with his identity in prewar Europe, pursuing his education as engineer. They paint a picture that he was disengaged from the Chassidic lifestyle dabbling in modern Western culture. In 1941 he escapes Nazi Europe and emerges as Jewish scholar and then becomes the Lubavitcher Rebbe, finding his true vocation.

Historical research tells a far different story. The authors ignored the recent publications of multi volume work of Rabbinic Scholarship discovered posthumously by Rebbe from that period. They confuse it with the single volume Reshimos Hayoman, a diary of Chassidic lore from the same time. They have all kinds of claims about the Rebbe not attending synagogue and they ignore a wealth of testimony-much of it available on an oral history project by Jewish Educational Media, that tells are far different story. They also fail to examine the deep relationship between the Rabbi Schneerson and his father in law the previous Rebbe during the thirties. Either the authors research was so superficial that they could not find the material that is sold in many Jewish bookstores and online, or they choose to ignore historical sources that refute their primary assumption. As so called scholars, at the minimum they should have presented this material and then their arguments refuting it. They choose to act like it does not exist.

A more in depth analysis would have shown that this period was indicative of deeper attitudes the Rebbe would express in years to come. In the post war era many orthodox Jewish leaders preached a course of insularity. The Rebbe was willing to engage the broader culture. His response to the opportunity of an open society was not to withdraw into a self created ghetto but to interact with the society, taking its good and contributing Jewish values.

One of the most glaring omissions is mention of the Rebbe's phenomenal scholarship. They fail explain how he emerges in New York as a remarkable scholar in the early forties if he spent his whole time in Europe focusing on his university studies. Nor do they document his contributions in the area of Jewish learning.

The authors do not indicate their own well known bias against traditional orthodoxy. Most distributing is the fact that they hide the role of one of the authors, Professor Menachem Friedman, in the famous book case against Chabad. In that court case, which they document in the book, Barry Gurary, a disgruntled family member of the Schneerson dynasty stole precious books for his personal benefit(he sold them for financial gain) from the Chabad library. Friedman testified in his support in the trial. They hide this fact from the readers. Heilman is well known as a long time critic of right wing orthodoxy.

The Rebbe is one of the great figures of post war Jewry. There is a real need for serious scholarship of his life and contributions to 20th century Jewry. This book is poor effort in that direction. Don't waste your money. Wait for a book that is driven by scholarship not an agenda.
22 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Word of Caution 2 Nov. 2011
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There are many factual errors in this book as have been discussed in a long debate between the authors and Rabbi Chaim Rapoport on "Seforim blog" at [...]. Any serious scholar should make sure to read this book in conjunction with the excellent research of Rabbi Rapoport now available as a kindle book The Afterlife of Scholarship: A Critical Review of 'The Rebbe' by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman
19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hard to read 22 Dec. 2013
By S.Z.P - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading this book you will realize that you bought a novel and how innacurate and delusional Heilman and Friedman both are. Full of historical innacuricies, it makes a hard read.
24 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two Peas in a Pod 6 Oct. 2011
By Harris Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having read this book (The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson), I recently enjoyed rereading it along with a companion volume The Afterlife of Scholarship: A Critical Review of 'The Rebbe' by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman. Apparently, "The Afterlife" volume was originally published as a series of essays online and caused quite a stir among reviewers and even from Drs. Heilman and Friedman, authors of this book. I thought that the books went well together, and provided two different perspectives on Rebbe Schneersohn. In all, good reading both... Recommended!
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