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A Story of Integrity, A Life of Sacrifice

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    A Story of Integrity, A Life of Sacrifice
    The fascinating life of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson

    Reb Levik was born into the Schneerson dynasty on the eighteenth of Nissan (April 21), 1878. His great-great-grandfather was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch (1789–1866), the third Lubavitcher Rebbe. His first son, born on the eleventh of Nissan 1902, was Menachem Mendel, who would become the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe.

    In 1909, Reb Levik was called upon to serve as a rabbi of the New Pi-yurivskaya Synagogue in Ekaterinoslav (known today as Dnipro), and the family moved to Ekaterinoslav. Reb Levik would serve as a rabbi in Ekaterinoslav for thirty-two years, the last eighteen of which he served as the city’s chief rabbi. Ekaterinoslav was considered the central city of Ukraine for everything related to Judaism. Thus, Jews from throughout the region would look to Reb Levik for guidance.

    Reb Levik served during tumultuous times, a period that spanned World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Stalinist purges. In the atheistic culture of the Soviet Union, it was dangerous to be religious and even more dangerous to be a religious leader. Reb Levik was determined and fearless in his leadership of the Jewish community. He stood up to the Soviet authorities and never wavered in his commitment to the Jewish community.

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