20 Av is the Yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878-1944), in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was Chief Rabbi of Yekaterinoslav (currently Dnepropetrovsk), and was arrested and exiled to Kazakhstan by the Stalinist regime as a result of his work to preserve Jewish life in the Soviet Union.
In honor of the special date, JEM presents Chof Av with the Rebbe in photo and video.
Video: Reb Levik’s Niggun
A lively Niggun that was a favorite of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson.
SICHA AFTER MINCHA – 20 AV 5749
After the Rebbe stopped holding Farbrengens during the weekdays, the Rebbe would deliver a Sicha after Mincha and/or Maariv on Chof Av. Drawing lessons from the nature of the day, the Rebbe brought to the forefront Horav Levi Yitzchok’sdedication toward Jewish education.
The Rebbe encouraged that resolutions be taken in his memory, to strengthen matters relating to Jewish education