Rabbi DovBer (1773-1827), son and successor of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, was known for the unique style of his Chassidic teachings. They were the intellectual rivers to his father’s wellspring, lending breadth and depth to its principles.
Born in Liozna, White Russia, he was named after the Alter Rebbe’s mentor, the Maggid of Mezritch. Rabbi DovBer, later known as the Mitteler Rebbe, assumed the leadership of Chabad after his father’s passing in 1812, and settled in the township of Lubavitch, which served as the movement’s headquarters for the next 102 years.
In 1826, Rabbi DovBer was arrested on charges that his teachings threatened the imperial authority of the Czar, but was later exonerated. He passed away in Nezhin, Ukraine, on his 54th birthday in 1827, one day before the first anniversary of his liberation, Kislev 10.
In 2007, Oholei Tzadikim and Geder Avos completed a total restoration of the time-worn Ohel in Niezhin. Also buried in the Ohel is the Mitteler Rebbe’s grandson, Rabbi Yisroel Noach Schneersohn, son of the Tzemach Tzedek, who served as a Chabad Rebbe in Niezhin after the passing of his father.
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