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Three notebooks of notes by the Rebbe, of righteous memory, came to light about a month after his passing, when they were discovered in a drawer in his room. The entries in these journals date between the years 1928, the year of the Rebbe's marriage, and 1950. Throughout these the Rebbe kept these notebooks with him at all times, jotting down the scholarly and sublime products of his phenomenal mind also in the most precarious of circumstances.

The Rebbe's Notebook

The Rebbe's Notebook

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Three notebooks of notes by the Rebbe, of righteous memory, came to light about a month after his passing, when they were discovered in a drawer in his room. The entries in these journals date between the years 1928, the year of the Rebbe's marriage, and 1950. Throughout these the Rebbe kept these notebooks with him at all times, jotting down the scholarly and sublime products of his phenomenal mind also in the most precarious of circumstances. Read more >>>

Paris 1938
The deeper meaning behind the different opinions in the Talmud and commentaries regarding the menorah’s spatial alignment inside the Temple, and regarding the identity of its miraculous “western lamp.”
Matzah represents the bare necessities of life. The Passover offering represents luxuries whose function is solely to give pleasure. Maror represents a middle ground between these two extremes...
The spiritual significance of shechitah; the laws of kashrut applied to the beast, bird and fish within the soul of man
In the Talmud, the laws of Mishpatim are expounded upon in three "gates" -- Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, and Bava Batra. The Rebbe sees these as three stages in the social and spiritual journey of man
1940 in Vichy, France
Why the dramatic shift in Moses' view on the Jewish settlement of the eastern territories? If the Reubenites' and Gadites' petition initially struck him as reminiscent of the sin of the Spies, what convinced him to endorse their plan and even expand on it?
Who has not fallen prey to the oh-so-human tendency to compare his life to the lives of others? “If only I had So-and-So’s mind (or talent, or money), then I’d be able to make a difference and have some impact on the world!″
Nice, 1941
Why content ourselves with the perfection of the individual self, when we have been empowered to transform the world?
How can a unit of time be defined as a day of rest, the very antithesis of time?
Sukkot 1931
Chanukkah 1939
Chanukkah 1935
1940, Vichy
The needle is a fellow with a mission: to wed disjointed fragments into a whole cloth.
Penned December 1935
What happens when you mix the soil of materialism with the water of spurious reason?
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