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Faculty Book: Samuel Heilman

Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman

The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson
(Princeton University Press, 2010)

From the 1950s until his death in 1994, Menachem Mendel Schneerson—revered by his followers worldwide simply as the Rebbe—built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism into the powerful force in Jewish life that it is today. The Rebbe tracks Schneerson's life from his birth in Russia, to his student days in Berlin and Paris, to his rise to global renown in New York, where he developed and preached his powerful spiritual message from the group's gothic mansion in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This book demonstrates how Schneerson's embrace of traditionalism and American-style modernity made him uniquely suited to his messianic mission. Samuel Heilman (Dist. Prof., Queens, Harold Proshansky Chair, GC) is on the doctoral faculty in sociology and Jewish Studies.

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Submitted on: MAY 10, 2010

Category: Sociology, Faculty Books