Civil engineer, Jewish leader

ByALAN JOTKOWITZ
June 12, 2014 13:09

Two biographies of the Lubavitcher Rebbe written by authors outside the fold attempt to give a fuller picture of his life.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was known to prefer solitude, but he spent many years in the spotlight.. (photo credit:EFRAIM KILSHTOK)

The seventh Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was one of the most important Jewish leaders of the 20th century. He took a relatively small hassidic group centered in Brooklyn and built a worldwide empire with influence far beyond its numbers.

His followers were so devoted that many believed that he was, in fact, the Messiah and could not accept the fact that he died a natural death.

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