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Tevet 24

Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler (1892-1953), an influential philosopher and dean of students at the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Israel. Rabbi Dessler was born in Lithuania and later moved to England, before finally settling in Israel. He was a student of the Mussar (ethics) movement, while also drawing from mystical teachings of the Maharal of Prague. Rabbi Dessler's legacy is recorded in the six-volume Michtav M'Eliyahu (translated in English as Strive for Truth), which illuminate ideas such as the Jewish philosophy of love: "The more you give to another, the more you will love that person." Tevet 24 also marks the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745-1813), author of the chassidic work, Tanya, and founder of the Lubavitch movement.

Article 114 of 356 in the series Day in Jewish History

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