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Obama marks Schneerson’s Education Day

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama said Education and Sharing Day marked the legacy of kindness of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, who launched the initiative.

"The importance of education and kindness was promoted in the work of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, inspiring countless individuals to uphold these values in their own lives and communities," Obama said in a statement Thursday proclaiming March 26 as the 32nd commemoration of the event instituted by Schneerson in 1978. "Each year, Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., reminds us of his legacy and the principles to which he dedicated himself."

Schneerson was an early advocate of a Department of Education separate from the former Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

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