|Founder||Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi|
|Headquarters||770 Eastern Parway, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, USA|
|A Hasidic movement of Orthodox Judaism|
Chabad Lubavitch, is a Jewish-Hasidic movement that adheres to the Orthodox practice of Judaism. Founded in Russia in 1775, Chabad is today one of the world's largest and best-known Hasidic movements. Its official headquarters are currently located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. It is the largest Jewish religious organization in the world.
The name "Chabad" is a Hebrew acronym for Chochmah, Binah, Da'at: "Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge". The name "Lubavitch" (meaning the "Town of Love") is the popular name for the Russian village Lyubavichi where the movement's leaders lived for over 100 years.
The Chabad movement represents a school of thought established and led by a dynasty of Hasidic rebbes. The Chabad movement was founded in the late 18th century by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the first rebbe of Chabad. The movement was based in Lyubavichi (Lubavitch) for over a century, beginning with the second rebbe, Rabbi Dovber Schneuri, until the fifth rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Dovber Schneersohn. The movement was briefly centered in the cities of Rostov-on-Don, Riga, and Warsaw. From the start of World War Two until the present day, the movement's center has been in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Chabad maintains a network of over 3,600 institutions in over 1,000 cities, spanning 70 countries.
The movement is thought to number between 40,000 to 200,000 adherents, and up to one million Jews attend Chabad services at least once a year.
Chabad's adherents follow Chabad traditions and prayer services based on Lurianic kabbalah Chabad teachings.
|A young Russian boy||speech||28 April 2004||Berel Lazar||Things that make you go "hmmmm?" - Surprising anecdote and information about Vladimir Putin in this extract from a speech given by Berel Lazar, then Chief Rabbi of Russia, to the Chabad Society at Oxford University.|
|Chabad Lubavitch||book extract||2002||Eduard Hodos||Suppressed information about the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch|
|Putin the Good Goy||book extract||2002||Eduard Hodos||Information and informed speculation about Vladimir Putin and his Jewish supporters during his rise to the Russian Presidency|