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François Guesnet, Antony Polonsky, Ada Rapoport-Albert, and Marcin Wodzinski

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764753

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764753.001.0001

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The Scroll of 19 Kislev and the Construction of an Imagined Habad Lubavitch Community in Interwar Poland

The Scroll of 19 Kislev and the Construction of an Imagined Habad Lubavitch Community in Interwar Poland

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(p.309) The Scroll of 19 Kislev and the Construction of an Imagined Habad Lubavitch Community in Interwar Poland
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 33
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Wojciech Tworek

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764753.003.0015

This chapter recounts the Habad Hasidim that gathered in synagogues around the world on 3 December 1936 to celebrate the 19 Kislev, which marks the anniversary of the release of Shneur Zalman of Liady from incarceration in the Petropavlovsk fortress in 1798. It mentions the rebbe Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, who sent out a short pamphlet in Yiddish known as the ’Scroll of 19 Kislev’ during the celebration. The pamphlet was accompanied by a small financial contribution, symbolically marking the rebbe’s participation in his Hasidim’s farbrengens or gatherings. The chapter explains that the Scroll of 19 Kislev was part of a broader top-down strategy aimed at constructing an imagined Habad community, with its new centre in Otwock. It also discusses how the imagined community would be immune to the detrimental effects of the rebbe’s physical frailty, his constant wanderings, and the sociopolitical upheavals of the 1930s.

Keywords:   Habad Hasidim, 19 Kislev, Shneur Zalman, Scroll of 19 Kislev, Habad community, Otwock

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