a Call to Action Published and Copyrighted by המעשה הוא העיקר  “HaMaaseh Hu HaIkar” 538 Crown Street, Brooklyn, NY  11213 Tel: (718) 363-3448 Ÿ Fax: (718) 467-6919 e-mail: 5768 Ÿ ‏2007 Yud Tes (19th of) Kislev Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus,[1] Liberation of the Alter Rebbe and Passing of the Maggid of Mezritch A Brief History The Alter Rebbe (Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi) was slandered to the Czar, and arrested and charged with high treason in 5559 (1798). His arrest placed the entire Chassidic movement into jeopardy.  Miraculously, after just seven weeks of investigation and cross-examination, he was proven innocent beyond doubt and was released on the 19th of Kislev of that year. The Alter Rebbe described his release, “Just as I had recited the verse [from Tehilim] ‘Who has redeemed my soul in peace’ – even before I had a chance to begin the next passage – I was redeemed in peace, by Hashem Who is Peace.” The 19th of Kislev is also the anniversary of the passing of the Maggid of Mezritch (successor to the Baal Shem Tov and Rebbe of the Alter Rebbe), who passed away in the year 5533 (1772). Introduction Yud Tes Kislev is the “Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus.” The daily study cycle of Tanya (instituted by the Previous Rebbe) begins afresh every 19th of Kislev. Likewise, the first entry in Hayom Yom (the book of daily Chassidic thought and instruction that was compiled by the Rebbe), is for the 19th of Kislev.  It begins with the words penned by the Rebbe Rashab (the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe), who first proclaimed the 19th of Kislev to be “Rosh Hashanah of Chassidus.” In a letter dated Kislev 16, 5662, the Rebbe Rashab writes: “Gather together on the 19th of Kislev … Rejoice with the joy of Read more…

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