Levi Yitzchak Schneerson

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Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
Born 1878
Podrovnah, Russia
Died 1944
Occupation Chief Rabbi of Yekatrinoslav, Russia
Known for Likkutei Levi Yitzchak on Kabbalah and Chabad philosophy
Spouse(s) Chana Schneerson
Children

Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, (1878-1944), was a Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic rabbi in Yekatrinoslav, Ukraine. He was the father of the seventh and last Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

Biography[edit]

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was born on the 18th day of Nissan, 5638 (1878) in the town of Podrovnah (near Gomel) to Rabbi Baruch Schneur and Zelda Rachel Schneerson. His great-great grandfather was the third Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch.

In 1900, Levi Yitzchak married Chana Yanovski, whose father, Rabbi Meir Shlomo (he), was the Rabbi of the Ukrainian city of Nikolaiev. In 1902, their eldest son, Menachem Mendel was born. He was later to become the Rebbe of Lubavitch.

Schneerson lived in Nikolaiev until 1909, when he was appointed to serve as the Rabbi of Yekatrinoslav. In 1939 he was arrested by the communist regime for his fearless stance against the Party's efforts to eradicate Jewish learning and practice in the Soviet Union, and particularly for distributing Matzah to the Jews of Yekatrinoslav.[1] After more than a year of torture and interrogations in Stalin's prisons, he was sentenced to exile to a remote village Chiali in Kazakhstan. Shortly before his death, Levi Yitzchak was able to move to Almaty, where he was warmly welcomed by the small Lubavitcher community. There he died in 1944. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was buried at a cemetery in Alamty. Very close to the cemetery a Chabad Lubavitch synagogue has been built, and is named in his honour.

Schneerson was a distinguished Kabbalist. Some of his writings have been published in a five volume set under the name Likkutei Levi Yitschok. Most of it, however, was burned or confiscated by the Soviet authorities, and has yet to be returned to the Chabad movement.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gottleib, Naftali Tzvi. Trans. Lesches, Elchonon. "Rabbi, Mystic and Leader - the Life and Times of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson" (Kehot Publication Society; 2008) 253 pages
  • Schneerson, Chana. Trans. Tilles, Yerachmiel. "A Mother in Israel - the Life and Memoirs of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson" (Kehot Publication Society; 1985, 2003) 226 pages

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Schneersohn Family Tree (partial)
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi
1745–1812
1st Chabad Rebbe
Rebbetzin Sterna
17??–18??
Rabbi Shalom Shachne
17??–18??
Rebbetzin Devora Leah
17??–17??
Rabbi Dovber Schneuri
1773–1827
2nd Chabad Rebbe
Rebbetzin Sheina
17??–18??
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn
1789–1866
3rd Chabad Rebbe
Rebbetzin Chaya M. Schneersohn
17??–1860
Rabbi Baruch Shalom Schneersohn
18??–18??
Rabbi Yehuda L. Schneersohn
1808–1866
1st Kapust Rebbe
Rabbi Chaim S. Z. Schneersohn
18??–18??
1st Liadi Rebbe
Rabbi Shmuel Schneersohn
1834–1882
4th Chabad Rebbe
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn
18??–18??
Rabbi Shlomo Z. Schneersohn
1830–1900
2nd Kapust Rebbe
Rabbi Shmaryahu N. Schneersohn
18??–19??
3rd Kapust Rebbe
Rabbi Yitzchak D. Schneersohn
1842–1824
2nd Liadi Rebbe
Rabbi Shalom D. Schneersohn
1860–1920
5th Chabad Rebbe
Rabbi Baruch Schneur Schneersohn
18??–18??
Rabbi Yosef Y. Schneersohn
1880–1950
6th Chabad Rebbe
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson
1878–1944
Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson
1880–1964
Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
1902–1994
7th Chabad Rebbe
Rebbetzin Chaya M. Schneerson
1901–1988