The tisch: Schneerson or Schneersohn: What’s in a name?

By LEVI COOPER
October 11, 2018 13:47
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LUBAVITCHERS CELEBRATE Lag Ba’omer with a parade in front of Chabad headquarters at 770 Eastern Park

LUBAVITCHERS CELEBRATE Lag Ba’omer with a parade in front of Chabad headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, in 1987.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Chaya Mushka Schneersohn was born in 1901 in Babinovitchy near Lubavitch. She was the second daughter of Nechama Dina (1881-1971) and Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (Rayatz, 1880-1950). At the time, Rayatz’s father – Rabbi Sholom Dovber (Rashab, 1860-1920) – was the presiding Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Rashab was abroad when his second granddaughter was born, but he telegraphed his only son with well-wishes and with a suggestion: If the newborn had yet to receive her name, she should be called after her ancestor Chaya Mushka (d. 1861), the wife of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch (1789-1866) – more commonly known by the title of his scholarly works, Tzemach Tzedek.

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