[Riga]1

Gimmel Tammuz2 5712 (ה'תשי"ב; 1952)
Brooklyn, N.Y.

ב"ה

In honor of the forthcoming Festival of Liberation, Yud-Beis-Yud-Gimmel Tammuz, celebrating twenty-five years since the deliverance of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe [Rayatz], whose soul is in the hidden realms on high, we are hereby publishing one of his maamarim of Chassidus, and a memorandum written3 by him, each in a separate booklet.

The maamar was written4 on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, 5687 [1927], during his incarceration at Spalerno Prison. The memorandum, describing his imprisonment, was completed in Riga on 15 Sivan, 5688 [1928], the first anniversary of his arrest. It is introduced here by a letter* (dated 17 Iyar, 5694 [1934]) in which the Rebbe [Rayatz] outlines his seven terms of imprisonment.

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The significance of this celebration has already been explained in the letter5 which the Rebbe [Rayatz] wrote [also on 15 Sivan] in 5688 [1928] in anticipation of the first anniversary of Yud-Beis-Yud-Gimmel Tammuz. In it he urges that these days be set aside as a time of farbrengen — “a day on which people arouse each other to buttress the Torah and Yiddishkeit in every place according to its needs.”

Moreover, he blesses “all our brethren who love the Torah and who study and teach it — that G‑d open wide His goodly treasure-store and bestow upon them and upon all our fellow Jews life and blessings in endless abundance; that He fortify their hearts with growing resoluteness in the dissemination of Torah and in the upholding of Yiddishkeit.” He concludes: “And may we all be found worthy of seeing children and grandchildren engaging in Torah and in mitzvos and being blessed with ample livelihoods.”

May G‑d fulfill the blessings of a tzaddik, the Nasi of our generation, in full.

Menachem Schneerson