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1943: Author & Teacher
The Rebbe talks at a gathering in Lubavitch World Headquarters
The Rebbe talks at a gathering in Lubavitch World Headquarters

In 1943 the Rebbe published Hayom Yom, a pocket-sized booklet with a Chassidic saying for each day of the year. Misleadingly humble in format, it soon became a veritable guide to the life of the soul of the Chassid.

More than 200 volumes of essays, letters and talks were followed over the next half century, pertaining to and illuminating virtually every area of Torah (the vast body of wisdom and law deriving from 3300 years of Jewish study and application of the Divine word revealed at Sinai).

The world has primarily heard of the Rebbe as a great leader and motivator; but no less central to his personality is his revolutionary philosophy and approach to life. Indeed, from his teachings sprang the amazing reach of his influence and the legendary devotion of his followers. (For a sampling of the Rebbe’s teachings, see the “Wisdom” area of this website.)

The first edition of “Hayom Yom” one of the Rebbe’s first works
The first edition of “Hayom Yom” one of the Rebbe’s first works

The Rebbe's primary medium of teaching was the farbrengen--the "Chassidic gathering" in which he addressed thousands of Chassidim and other participants from all walks of life; it was not unusual for a farbrengen to go on for six, eight or even ten hours. The farbrengen consisted of sichot ("talks") separated by brief intervals of song and l'chayim. Following each farbrengen, a select group of disciples reviewed and transcribed the Rebbe's talks, many of which were submitted to him for editing and annotation. These edited talks yielded the 39 volumes of Likkutei Sichot which form the backbone of the Rebbe's teachings.


Adaptations of the Rebbe's Teachings:
 A Long Pole
 Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
 The Dollar
 Tom's House and Harry's Car
 Do We Lie to Our Children?
 Want It All
 Spiritual Space

 Judges and Kindergartens
 The World is a Ball
 Divine Zeitgeist - The Rebbe's Appreciative Critique of Modernity

 Recipe for Successful Behavior Modification

Books by the Rebbe:
 Mind Over Matter

Correspondence From the Rebbe:
 Does Chasidism Shun the World?
 What Exactly Is A Rebbe?
 On Jewish Mysticism
 Kabbalah and the Mystical
 Chassidism Brings to Heightened Jewish Observance
 Is Learning Chassidism a Necessity or is it Supplementary?
 Between One Alien Thought and Another
 In Which Body Will a Reincarnated Soul Return?
 Proof of Existence of G-d
 Reproof of Existence of G-d
 Hitler's Scientists and the Belief in the Creator
 Preconceptions and Open-Mindedness
 The Age of the Universe
 Analysis of Geochronology
 Post-Genesis Evolution
 Conjectures and Refutations
 The Emperor’s New Clothes
 Dating by Starlight

Special Dates on the Calendar:
 In Praise of Chassidic Folly
 Reflections on Leave-Taking

The Rebbe & World Leaders:
 On Humility
 A Mystical Covenant Video:
 Spiritual Sustenance


From the Rebbe's essay "On the Essence of Chassidism" (free translation)

The Torah has four primary levels of interpretation: pshat, the plain meaning; remez, the hinted, intimated meaning; drush, the homiletic, expounded meaning; and sod, the esoteric meaning. Each defines and expresses the Infinite Divine Light contained within Torah in its particular manner. The teachings of Chassidism, however, are not bounded and defined by any form. Chassidism includes all four dimensions of Torah, transcends them, unites them, and breathes life into each of them.

The Rebbe: Timeline Biography
1902: Childhood
1915: Learning
1916: World War I
1923: Soviet Jewry
1928: Marriage
1930s: Torah & Science
1941: Flight from Europe
1939-45: Holocaust & Rebuilding
1943: Author & Teacher
1950: Leadership
1953: Chassidic Feminism
1960: Technology
1963: Rebellion
1967: The Six-Day War
1972: Retirement?
1974: The Mitzvah Tank
1977: Illness & Challenge
1983: Mankind
1986: "Sunday Dollars"
1988: Passing of Rebbetzin
1989: The End of the Cold War
1991: Missiles & Miracles
3 Tammuz 1994: Transmission
1994: Discovery of the "Reshimot"
Today: The Goal