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Yud Aleph Nissan, the 11th day of the month of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar (Hebrew: י"א ניסן‎) is the birthday of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902–1994), the leader of the Chabad dynasty of Hasidism, and is celebrated by his followers as a festival.

Yud Aleph Nissan
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson2.jpg
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Official name Hebrew: י״א ניסן
Observed by Chabad and USA
Significance Birthday of the seventh Rebbe of Chabad Hasidism, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Celebrations Parades and public gatherings
Date 11 Nissan
2017 date Sunset, 6 April –
nightfall, 7 April[1]
2018 date Sunset, 26 March –
nightfall, 27 March
2019 date Sunset, 15 April –
nightfall, 16 April
2020 date Sunset, 4 April –
nightfall, 5 April
Frequency annual

The day had been marked by public parades and sharing with fellows since 1992, when the Rebbe, Rabbi Schneerson, was in hospital recovering from a stroke.[2]

The first public recognition of Rabbi Schneerson's birthday was instigated by his personal envoy to Washington DC, Abraham Shemtov, who urged friendly congressmen to persuade Jimmy Carter to declare the day to be Education and Sharing Day in his honor, in 1978.[3] The day has been declared Education and Sharing Day by all succeeding U.S. Presidents.

The day is marked with many Mitzvah Tank Parades around the world and with an annual official Tzivos Hashem rally, particularly in Crown Heights.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hebrew/Gregorian calculations by {{Hebrew year}} – via {{Calendar date}}
  2. ^ Dade Jews throw birthday party for New York Rabbi, David Hancock, Miami Herald, April 14, 1992
  3. ^ The Rabbi on the hill, David O'Reilly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 1984
  4. ^ Tzivos Hashem annual events page. Archived 2007-12-17 at the Wayback Machine.

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