The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, turned the handful of Hasidim left after the Holocaust into a cross-border and continental power. To this day, his character is fascinating and intriguing, not only in his followers' and fans' eyes. What was it in him that fascinated hundreds of thousands around the world? What is the secret of the Rebbe's charisma, which has attracted and still attracts so many from all over the world?
The influence of the Lubavitcher Rebbe is a mystery. Until he became a rabbi, the first period of his life was once considered shrouded in secrecy and mystery. He was known to have been born in Russia, lived for periods of time in Berlin and Paris, and acquired a broad general education and a comprehensive knowledge of Torah and Jewish thought in all its forms. However, in recent years, dozens of new documents and correspondence have been unveiled, shedding new and credible light on his resume in those years.
For the second part of his life, the Rebbe spent most of the day in his room in Brooklyn and rarely left the New York suburbs, except for visits to the cemetery where his father-in-law was buried. However, during this period, he became the most influential rabbi in the Jewish world, followed by a real army.
The Secret of the Rebbe seeks to decipher the secret of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's power and charisma. The book invites readers on a journey during which it will be revealed who the Rebbe is in his believers' eyes and who he really was. A journey in which it becomes clear how he polished his multifaceted teachings and how much these teachings affected the Jewish world as a whole.
The Secret of the Rebbe became a bestseller and won the Golden Book Award about two months after its publication (Yedioth Seforim, May 2013).