Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, whose profound spiritual and moral teachings galvanized people of all faiths to lead more meaningful and selfless lives.
From a modest synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Rebbe spearheaded a spiritual revolution, influenced American and Israeli policies, counseled some of our greatest thinkers and statesmen, and spread his message of unconditional love and righteousness to the far corners of the world.
At once an incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson’s teachings, Rebbe examines the personal side of this towering sage, while exploring in depth his achievements, core philosophy, and revolutionary initiatives, which remain as vibrant and vital as ever.
Rebbe is the authoritative guide to understanding one of the most intriguing figures of the last century, and an indispensable tool to applying his philosophies and example to one’s own life.
“[Rebbe] is an enjoyable book to read, with insights and perspectives as well as details that inform and engage, shedding light on a towering, influential figure.” —Chicago Jewish Star
“[An] excellent new biography of Chabad’s great 20th-century leader… For all his immense achievements, the Rebbe’s power ultimately came from a simple message that anyone can appreciate. As Mr. Telushkin puts it: ‘Love your fellow, and not just those who agree with you….' Mesmerizing.” —Wall Street Journal
“[Rebbe] should be in the personal library of Americans of every faith.” —Front Page Magazine
“A vivid, panoramic view of Rabbi Schneerson-in each of his many roles as dynamic spiritual leader, inspiring teacher, and even motivating life coach and management guru… Telushkin’s Rebbe is a man in constant motion, a non-stop whirlwind of faith-driven energy and action possessed of a spiritual calm.” —The Jewish Week
“An admiring but honest look at Schneerson and his legacy… What stands out is Schneerson’s engagement with the principles by which he managed to wield a considerable influence upon the American cultural scene and the Jewish world… An engaging account.” —Publishers Weekly
“An iconic figure comes alive in these pages, a man of wisdom and learning, yes, but also of deep personal caring and kindness… An astounding personal biography.” —Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
“Joseph Telushkin’s earthbound study introduces ‘the most influential rabbi in modern history’ by documenting the incremental process through which his influence was acquired… Illuminating.” —Commentary Magazine
“One of the greatest religious biographies ever written. Generations from now, Rebbe will be read by people of every faith.” —Dennis Prager, national talk show host and New York Times bestselling author of Still the Best Hope
“Provides a comprehensive history of the Rebbe’s hallmark focus on the individual-from heads of state to the everyman” —JNS
“Rebbe is that extremely rare thing: a perfect book about a perfect man. [It] brings the great man alive and gives the reader powerful motivation to examine his own life... The Rebbe touched the lives of millions; through Telushkin’s book, he will touch the lives of many more.” —NY Journal of Books
“Telushkin offers a rounded portrait of life in the shadow, or the sunlight, of the Rebbe. We meet dozens of followers and hear their stories, get a feel for the texture of their devotion, for why they loved him… It is worth studying how and why his method worked.” —The Jewish Daily Forward
“The subtitle’s claim that Schneerson was the modern world’s most influential Jewish religious leader is proven throughout this highly readable book… Readers are left to draw their own assessment from the wide-ranging portrait… Fascinating.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Through his clear and unambiguous prose cultivated from many sources, Telushkin recounts how the Rebbe fundamentally transformed notions of human potential, as he believed individuals were capable of much more than we imagine for ourselves... Rebbe will be a staple of rabbinic biography for years to come.” —Huffington Post
“To understand why he inspired so many, do yourself a favor and pick up this moving, new biography. You don’t need to be a Jew or even be a religious person to learn from this monumental man.” —New York 1
“Well-qualified to write about his subject, [Telushkin] draws on Schneerson’s public statements as well as his voluminous correspondence and his thousands of private audiences, with his followers and others, both Jewish and non-Jewish. An approachable and admiring introduction appropriate for readers interested in modern Jewish thought.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Whether you are a believer, an admirer or a respectful skeptic, you will learn much from this deep and accessible account of a truly great man by a great writer.” —Alan M. Dershowitz, professor emeritus, Harvard Law School, and author of Taking the Stand
“With this book, the Rebbe no longer is incomprehensible. Spend some time getting to know the Rebbe. You’ll be glad you did.” —Jewish Herald Voice