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Enthusiastic Reception for Lubawitscher Rebbe Who Comes to Marry Off Daughter (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Important historic documents throwing light on the origin of the Chassidic movement were stolen in the excitement at the wedding of the daughter of Rabbi Jacob Joseph Schneursohn, the Lubawitscher Rebbe who came from Riga for the marriage ceremony.

Large numbers of Chassidim welcomed the scion of the famous Chassidic dynasty of Schneursohn on his arrival at the Warsaw depot. He returned today to Riga, his present abode, following his exile from Russia, to celebrate on Sunday, December 2, the Chabbad holiday, the 19th of Kislev, which is commemorated annually as the date when his grandfather was released from the Petro-Pawlowsk prison.

Hundreds of the Lubawitscher Rebbe’s followers attended the wedding ceremony which was held in a Yeshiva hall. Many wedding gifts were showered upon the couple. Congratulatory messages were received from the United States, Egypt, Palestine and other countries, including one from Chief Rabbi A. J. Kook of Jerusalem.

In the excitement which reigned during the festivities a package of manuscripts, said to have contained letters written by the Baal Shem Tov. the founder of the Chassidic movement, in his own handwriting, and of Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the grandfather of the Lubawitscher Rebbe and the founder of the Chabbad Chassidic school. disappeared. The documents, prized highly because of their rarity, were brought by the bridegroom’s grandfather as a wedding gift.

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