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A letter from the Rebbe: “May it be His will that in both collective and individual matters the light increases” written during and influenced by Chanukah – Chanukah 1962

A typewritten letter, dated during Chanukah 1962 “May it be His will that in both collective and individual matters the light increases like the law of Chanukah, in which light is added each day…this light will illuminate and penetrate everything” and ends “with a blessing for good news in all the above and a Chanukah that suits the above”, his handwritten signature. The Lubavitcher Rebbe – the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch – the seventh rebbe of Lubavitch (April 18, 1902 – June 12, 1994). The recipient of the letter is Rabbi Alexander Sender Yudasin – one of the foremost Lubavitch rabbis in the Holy Land, the rabbi of the chassidic community in Jaffa for almost half a century, a member of a beit din and author of books on the Talmud and the Tanya. Born in Belarus and studied when he was young in the Lubavitch Tomchei Temimim yeshiva under the Rebbe Rashab. After the First World War he established a branch of Tomchei Temimim in the city of Kherson in the Ukraine and was ordained to the rabbinate by Rabbi David Zvi Chen. The kabbalist Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn – the father of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe conducted his wedding ceremony. He was in close contact with the Rebbe Rayatz and was arrested several times by the Soviet authorities because of his activities. In 1934 he immigrated to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, where he later appointed as rabbi of the Jaffa community, a position he held for almost fifty years. He was in close contact by letter with the last Rebbe of Lubavitch. Author of Tomchei Temimim on the Talmud and Halekach V’halibuv on the book of the Tanya. Died on 8th Kislev 1983.
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