NOSTALGIC IMAGES: Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe ZATZAL Visits Lakewood In 1940


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These photos were taken in Lakewood in 1940 at the home of R’ Nissan Waxman.

The Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, “The Rayatz”, HaRav Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn ZATZAL, spent almost three months in lakewood at the home of a supporter by the name of Mr. Charles Paston. In fact the Rebbe spent pesach there during that stay, and held farbrengen’s there as well.

Hagaon HaRav Aharon Kotler escaped the Nazis YM”S in 1941 and came to the United States where he opened Lakewood’s Beth medrash Govoha in 1943, where it now has an enrollment of 6,715 students in 2019.


  1. Lakewood did/does not “belong” to Lubavitch just because their Rebbe once visited a Jewish community there that had already existed for years when he came. He was not a pioneer then, more like a johnny-come-lately.

    Claiming that he founded it is like saying that if I visit Crown Heights, Williamsburg, Monsey, or Baltimore today and stay a while, they belong to me, and I founded them. Absurd.

  2. Rif – No, the term previous rebbe refers to a particular tzadik. (Like the RASHAB refers to his father, like the Tzemach Tzedek his great grand father..) Mainly the rebbe that came over to the US in 1940 and passed away in 1950 was called the friediker rebbe – Previous Rebbe.

  3. frierdicker rebbe is how he is referred by Chabad as opposed to RMMS ztl who remains a presence in the life of Lubavitch. HOWEVER, to a messianic, he did not really die for long and will have a second coming. Sound familiar.

  4. Why does a simple historical picture of the Frierdiker Lubavitcher Rebbe visiting Lakewood (and specifically the Litvishe Rov of Lakewood) attract so much hateful and idiotic comments? No one is trying to push a Chabad agenda on to anyone here, it’s just a picture of a Tzaddik visiting a small town in NJ, before that town became an Ir V’em B’yisroel.

  5. RBZS, you must have the revised version of Ani Ma’Amin; mine says nothing about MOSHIACH rising from the dead. Jews in the middle ages went to the stake rather than assert that!

  6. Reb Aaron can from Lubavitz Chassidim (His son was named after who? That’s right!)

    That settles it!!!!

    We love Lubavitz Jews, We love Lakewood Jews, We love Brooklyn Jews, We love Satmar Jews, etc
    We love ALL JEWS!

  7. Great minds think alike. Both the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe z”l and Rav Aharon Kotler z”l were drawn to Lakewood, NJ . They must have felt the potential of the mokom’s kedusha. As we see by Har HaMoriah, that the mokom itself had kedusha. It was a Shaar Hashomayim. Lakewood is the Shaar Hashomayim in AMerica.

  8. The Kollel was relocated to Lakewood in 1943. It was founded in White Plains in 1939.

    RebbtzG,et al
    Lakewood was a resort town. It was therefore quieter with many fundraising opportunities

  9. Dr. yidd
    You are mistaken. The second coming is mentioned 5 times in the medrash as well as in rashi to daniel 12:12 It is also in Toras Moshe and Rabeinu Bechaye – both at the end of Shemos. Kudos for another dumb comment looking for hate….