"The Seven Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbes" is a detailed account of each of the successive leaders of the most influential and well-known hasidic movement in the world. Chaim Dalfin, author of "To Be Chasidic: A Contemporary Guide" and "Demystifying the Mystical: Understanding the Language and Concepts of Chasidism and Jewish Mysticism", offers an in-depth look at these seven giants of Jewish life, providing historical background and biographical material for each Rebbe, yet focusing primarily on their spiritual message. Until his death in 1994, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known by both his followers and others simply as "the Rebbe", was the leader of Lubavitch, the worldwide hasidic movement well-known for its educational outreach to the general Jewish community. The impact and influence of Lubavitch has been profound, both through the remarkable leadership and teachings of Rabbi Schneerson, as well as the efforts of the many Lubavitcher hasidim who have established educational programs and synagogues in hundreds of communities throughout the world. Although the influence of Lubavitch has been greatest in our time, the Lubavitch movement traces its spiritual toots to Rabbi Schneur Zalman (1745-1813), best known for his masterpiece, The Tanya, a hasidic text that is studied diligently by Jews throughout the world. From Rabbi Schneur Zalman to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, seven extraordinary individuals have accepted the role of leadership for this dynamic religious movement within world Jewry. "The Seven Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbes" is the first English language volume to provide its readers with a comprehensive understanding of the Lubavitch movement through a careful examination of its exceptional leadership.
by Chaim Dalfin