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Rabbi Shneur Zalman Schneerson

June 19th, 2009 · 23 Comments

Rabbi Shneur Zalman Schneerson

שניאר זלמן ב״ר מנחם מענדל

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Date of Death: Wed. July 2, 1980 - Tammuz 18 5740

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provided a detailed location map upon request. Location: Directly behind the Lubavitcher ohel, alongside the Tomashpol Rebbe

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: SCHNEERSON, ZALMAN

Biographical Notes:


Schneerson SZ 1
Photo Caption: Rav Shneur Zalman Schneerson, Chief Rabbi, Association of Orthodox Jewry of France, Credit: Hadassa Carlebach
Schneerson SZ 2
Photo Caption: Rav Shneur Zalman Schneerson, Chief Rabbi, Association of Orthodox Jewry of France, Credit: Hadassa Carlebach
Tzemach tzedek

Photo Caption: Rabbi Shneur Zalman Schneerson’s great great grandfather, Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch d. 1866. Among his famous quotes is  “Trakht gut vet zein gut — Think good and it will be good.”, Credit: Needed
Photo Caption: Ohel of Rebbe Dovber Schneuri (d. 1827) the second Rebbe of Lubavitch and more commonly referred to as the Mitteler Rebbe, being the second of the first three generations of Chabad leaders. The Rebbe was the first Chabad leader to live in the town of Lyubavichi (Lubavitch). The Rebbe’s son-in-law, The Tzemach Tzedek, would go on to become the third Rebbe of Lubavitch, Credit: Jewish Community of Nizhny Novgorod.

Schneur Zalman Liadi
Photo Caption: Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liady, Baal HaTanya, (d. 1812), founder and first Rebbe of Chabad. The Rebbe was laid to rest in Hadiach, Ukraine.
Photo Caption: The Rebbe’s ohel in  Hadiach, Ukraine, Credit: Hamodia

Bio Information:
The Rav’s great grandfather Rav Baruch Shalom Schneerson (d. 1869) was also the the great great grandfather of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, “The Rebbe”, (d. 1994).  Rav Baruch Shalom Schneerson was the oldest son of the Tzemach Tzedek.

Credit: Shmuel Botchy Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rabbi Shneur Zalman Schneerson

Tags: Montefiore Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Miller // Jun 19, 2009 at 9:28 am

    His son Reb Shalom Duber Schneerson is the Rav in Cong. Bais Schneir in Flatbush.

    Reb Sneur Zalman also had a daughter who married to Reb Aliyuhu Chaim Karlibach Z”l (Twin-Brother of Reb Shlomo).

  • 2 Eli Amsel // Jun 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Rebbe Shnuer Zalman was a torah giant! Endowed with a photographic memory he was fluent in Talmud, halacha, kabbalah, chasidus, indeed any facet of torah imaginable was firmly etched in his brain – and soul! This holy person was extremely knowledgeable in secular studies as well, spoke and wrote several foreign languages. Russian, French, English, Yiddish flowed with native dialects.

    Above all was his warm soul – dedicated to helping his Jewish brethren where ever possible. Indeed many volumes can be written about this quiet unassuming tzaddik. His work in France during the Holocaust is a volume on its own.

    His genealogy was no less impressive, a direct descendant of the Ba’al haTanya. This man was the material for an great Admor, yet he languished unrecognized in servitude to his Creator.

    Zechuso yagen oleinu.

  • 3 Eli Amsel // Jun 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Several of his responsa appeared in the Torah journal Hamaor by Harav Meir Amsel, a close personal friend.

  • 4 Miller // Jun 21, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Eli, he was not a direct descendant of the Baal HaTanya, only from the Tzemach Tzedek

  • 5 Grand Rebbe // Jun 22, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s (the Tzemach Tzedek) mother was Devorah Leah the daughter of the Baal Hatanya. She passed away when he was 3 and he was raised by his grandfather. He married his first cousin Chaya Mushka, daughter of Rebbe Dovber Schneuri, Der Mitteler Rebbe.

  • 6 Miller // Jun 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Right Rebbe, thats why all the Einiklech of the Tzemach are not “Direct Descendants” (Ben-acher-Ben) of the Baal Hatanya.

    The one next to him, the Tomoshpiler Rebbe is indeed a direct descendant from the Miteler Rebbe and his father the Baal Hatanya.

  • 7 Azi // Jun 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    So Prof. Fischel Schneeron was not a direct dscendant of the Bal Hatanya? I didn’t realize that.

  • 8 Blackleibel // Jun 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    B’mechilas Kavodo: On what basis is someone who is only descended through a daughter not a “direct” descendent? It’s geneology, not Yerusha. Descendents of a daughter are also direct descendents.

  • 9 Grand Rebbe // Jun 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Although I should let Miller defend himself, he clearly wrote that by Direct Descendant [he means] Ben-acher-Ben.

  • 10 Miller // Jun 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    if a “direct descendant” does not exclude descendants through daughters, then what is the diffrence between a “direct descendant” and a “descendant”?

    I am used to see this term for Ben-Acher-Ben, at least in Jewish Genealogy.

  • 11 blackleibel // Jun 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Answering Miller’s question, the definition of “direct” descendant contemplates lineal descendants rather than collateral descendants. For example, siblings and nieces and nephews would not be “direct” descendants of a decedent but would be “collateral” descendants, however, Miller obviously knows more than I could even pretend to know about the way these terms are used in Jewish geneology.

  • 12 Miller // Jun 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Reb Leibel,
    First of all don’t be so humbled and thanks for the compliment.

    To be grammatical correct, I looked the term “Direct Descendant” and both answers are correct
    1) It is being used in Genealogy to describe that the linage is “direct” son-after-son or daughter-after-daughter.

    2) If nephews/nieces are included in the discussion, then it is here to rule out such descendants.

    I guess it’s a relative term, but in Jewish Yichus where a uncle would not be considered an ancestor, it is most commonly use to describe the connection as in the first definition.

    Thanks all for enriching our vocabulary!

  • 13 avremele // Jun 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    None of us here are professional genealogists. To amateurs direct means ben-acher-ben.

  • 14 Leon Miller // Jul 10, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    R.Shnuer Zalman Schneerson ZZ’L was my rebbi and I am a ‘musmach’ of his. I learned with him for several years at “Yeshiva Shevet Ye’huda’in Bensonhurst and then in E. Flatbush.I was close with my Rebbi and learned a wealth of Torah and middot from him. At times I was also meshamesh him and I treasure those memories.
    Indeed, his Torah knowledge was great. His lingual abilities were phenomenal – he spoke an ‘oxford’ English that was excellent. Knowing full well that my yiddish abilities were limited he made certain that I understood whatever we were learning.
    He was a stern believer that everyone should have a parnasa- thus he opened SYRIT a technological school for frum men who would not ordinarily have gone to college. The school, as I recall was even accredited. What many people do not know is that he spent whatever income he had to enable others to study both Torah and technology.
    His gemilus chassadim and mesiras nephesh knew no bounds.
    Once in the middle of learning he paused and asked those at the table in Yiddish-who do you think was the Gadol BaTorah in this generation (1972) I, for one did not know who to suggest fearing that I would anger him if I answered by suggesting someone in the ‘yeshivish’ world instead of the chassidush world. After a long pause, he sat back in the chair and said “I want you should know- R, Dov Ber Soloveichek from Yeshivas Yitchak Elchanan is the Gadol B’Torah of this generation. I was absolutely stunned.
    I don’t know how I stumbled on this website-but it is unbelievable because today is my rebbi’s yarzeiht-I totally forgot. I hope what I have said is a fitting tribute to his memory. T’hai Nishmoso Baruch.

  • 15 Stevel // Jul 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Little known, but during the war he was in Vichy France where he gathered and saved numerous Jewish children. Amongst them is Rav Dovid Moshe Lieberman shlit”a, Rav of Antwerp.

  • 16 Mo. Kennedy // Feb 10, 2011 at 8:19 am


    How do you know Rav liberman shlita

  • 17 Jacques // Aug 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    From 1958 through 1959, J. K. (15 year old), S. A. (11 year old) and I, a 12-year old, became the private talmidim of Rav Z. Scheneerson Z”L in his Paris residence at 10 Rue Dieux. This was a one-of-kind experiment and never recurred in Paris because the Rav moved to the US and was busy leading the Vaad Hashoch’tim of NJ etc.

    I can personally say that our Rebbi taught the three of us how to study the Talmud, the Rishonim, Ach’aronim and Halacha (in French no less) at the highest level of scholarship. The three of us already had some basic knowledge of some Tanakh’, Mishna and Talmud when we started this unusual program but all very superficial.

    We were incessantly “drilled” and “coached” on how to study e.g. how to look up every Tanakh’ source referenced in the Talmud (Yerushalmi along with Bavli), to study the foreign etymology of words and talmudic idioms in the Concordances, to understand why a particular subject had been addressed by the Tanaim and Amoraim, how Rashi and Tosafot viewed it, to understand every single reference in the rest of the Sh’ass on the same particular subject, to look at what the Geonim, Rambam, Ibn Ezra had written and how the Poskim approached the very same subject as well as the more indirect connections etc… In short, he was preparing us to come to his profound level of knowledge and to turn us into “miniature” scholars.

    Of course, we also received massive doses of information on the Tanya, the Baal Shem Tov and ch’assidut Lubavich-style. For whatever reason, Rav Schneerson Z’L who was one of the Paris Dayanim on Hilch’ot Nashim was hoping that I would learn enough to assist him one day in that area. Thus I was given extra training 1 day a week in classic Halacha as well as more recent/modern Shaalot veTshuvot.

    After two arduous years of intensive study 3 hours per afternoon, 4 times a week +4 hours “solo” study at home (for me it was five times a week) where we each had to prepare the Shi’ur on our own and lead the Sh’iur in turn with the Rav guiding us, we each slowly became capable of “lernen” totally on our own. By the way, at the beginning of this training, we the talmidim had been warned many times that if we didn’t keep up with the level of the Shi’ur, we would be asked to leave.

    Aside from the major advantages that this preparation gave me when I went to Yeshiva at age 14…I later realized that I had become intellectually well prepared by Rav Schneerson’s Z”L rigorous and ultra-demanding methods to do high-level research later on during my University studies as well as in my subsequent professional undertakings. Thus my deep thanks, respect and admiration for my Rebbi to this day.

  • 18 M // May 14, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Does anyone have any info on his wife?

  • 19 Farshlufen // Aug 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    וועגן פראנקרייך, וועגן מאראקא, וועגן תורת הבעל שם

  • 20 Grand Rebbe // Jan 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

  • 21 Morris Shapiro // Aug 23, 2016 at 6:53 am

    my bobba was Sheina Masha b Schneir Dov (Rav) she died 1944-12-06 (20 Kislev) at age 77 she was therefore born in 1867.She came from Minsk OR Dwinsk.She was deffinatley a decendent os Schneir Zalman of Ladie .She married my zaida in Ruskoskos Lithianaya .My late fathe was also Schneir Dov Shapiro.
    Can you assist me in who my bobbas father or mother or grandparents were.

  • 22 schneur z schneerson- // Sep 22, 2016 at 12:32 am


    Im Rabbi Zalman Schneerson’s Great Grandson & would love to hear from some of you who knew him, please email me at

    Schneur Schneerson- Newbury Park CA

  • 23 Ari G. // Nov 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    My father was just niftar and although he was a rav and rebbe for his entire life, for some reason I never really knew where he learned after he learned in mir in NY in the 60’s. Until he was niftar I never actually read his S’micha and saw he learned in Shevet Yehuda under R’ S.Z. Schneerson זצ”ל. He got his S’micha there in 1967. Does anyone have any information about the kollel?? Please email me at

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