By COLlive reporter
For around 8 months, the Rebbe Rashab stayed in Wurzburg, a city in Germany’s Bavaria region in the year 5667. The purpose, as he has written in a letter, was to rest for health purposes.
A few months earlier, the Russian town of Lubavitch suffered a few shocking events. Youngsters from a Zionist group led a pogrom on the home of the Rebbe Rashab and the courtyard of the Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim.
Upon the advice of “the great professors,” the Rebbe Rashab traveled to Germany. His son and eventual successor, the Rebbe Rayatz, joined him from the month of Kislev until the end of the year.
When each of the Rebbes arrived, they needed to register their visit with local authorities. The 2-page document took their personal and public information and was personally signed with their holy signatures.
While most of the city’s archives were destroyed over the year, their documents have been preserved ad were recently brought to Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky, Chief Rabbi and Shliach of Hamburg.
Published in the Sukkos edition of the Kfar Chabad magazine, the documents note that both the Rebbe Rashab and the Rebbe Rayatz were “vaccinated” with 2 portions. “Vaccinated times two,” it was written.
The magazine wrote that “Apparently, these are the vaccines against the “smallpox” disease, which killed not long before, at its peak towards the end of the 18th century, more than 400,000 people in continental Europe each year.”