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

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

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« 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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