As mentioned earlier, the Tanya committee had decided on the plane coming from England, to seek an impartial rabbi, who would arbitrate between London and Manchester in the matter of the Tanya. He would have to adjudicate mainly on how the profits of the sales of this Tanya should be shared: whether Manchester or London should receive the entire proceeds, or if some sort of compromise should be adopted.

It was now time to implement this decision. We found the ideal person in whom both parties had the utmost confidence. Rabbi Yitzchok Groner from Melbourne, Australia, who was also in Brooklyn for Shavuos, accepted our invitation to act as arbitrator.

During the two-hour conference, Rabbi Sudak submitted London’s claim to all the profits (London was the English H.Q. of Lubavitch, and so on). I put forth the claim for Manchester (the whole Tanya was our idea, all correspondence with the publishers was dealt with by our office, we collected the money – the overdraft from the bank – and so forth).

Rabbi Groner summed up and gave his verdict as follows:

London was entitled to…. NOTHING. (Hurrah! Very good, I thought.)


Manchester would receive… ALSO NOTHING. (Groans and gnashing of teeth by Zalmon Jaffe.)

Rabbi Groner explained his reasoning. The Tanya was officially a production of the Kehos Publication Society, based at 770 Eastern Parkway, New York. It was not correct for money made on such a publication to be given to a different institution. In his opinion, the profits should go toward publishing other books of a similar nature.

We accepted the logic of his summing-up and his judgment, but we were all dumbfounded by this verdict. We informed the Rebbe about the arbitration and that we had accepted the decision.

The Rebbe replied that he:

....was greatly pleased with (1) the decision, and (2) that it has been accepted unanimously and with acclaim by the committee.

We later sent a letter to the Rebbe outlining all our ideas and plans for advertising the Tanya, a launch date, pamphlets, booklets and so forth. The Rebbe remarked that it seemed that the advertising costs might be more than the whole printing of this Tanya.