18 Elul: ”Chai Elul” – ”the life power of Elul”

The birthday of the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

by R24 App


“Chai Elul” (Hebrew for “the 18th of Elul,” also meaning “the Vitality of Elul”) is celebrated by the Chassidic community as the birthday of the “two great luminaries” – Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism; and Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (the Alter Rebbe), the founder of Chabad.

It’s customary to wish each other “Gut Yom Tov!” and conduct joyous gatherings – farbrengens, or itvaaduyos (in Hebrew).


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