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Library Of Agudas Chassidei Chabad Ohel Yosef Yitzchak Lubavitch
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THE REBBE "TZEMACH TZEDEK"
The Rebbe "Tzemach Tzedek" wrote more profusely than all the Rebbeim. Nevertheless, he did not publish his books himself. In the Alter Rebbe’s two books that he printed, Torah Ohr and Likutei Torah, the Tzemach Tzedek added numerous comments and annotations, but he never released his own discourses and responsa to be printed. Chassidim used to copy his writings by hand, and these comprise the majority of the manuscripts of Chassidic discourses extant today. The first editions of the Tzemach Tzedek’s books were published after his passing (on 13 Nissan, 5626 - March 29, 1866), and they are presented in the Exhibition: 60. Sha’alos U’Teshuvos Tzemach Tzedek, Even HoEzer Vol. 1, Vilna, 1871. 61. Piskei Dinim Tzemach Tzedek, Vilna, 1884. 62. Derech Mitzvosecha, Poltava, 1913. 63. Derech Emunah - Sefer Hachakira, Poltava, 1912. 64. Ohr Hatorah - Breishis, Poltava, 1913. 65. Yohel Ohr - Tehillim, Poltava, 1918. From the collection of manuscripts with the Tzemach Tzedek’s own holy script, one of the earliest, written during the lifetime of his grandfather the Alter Rebbe, and one letter from his later years, are presented in the Exhibition: 66. Transcripts of the Alter Rebbe’s Discourses from 1806- 7 and onward, Manuscript 1052. 67. Discourses of 1860-2 and more, Manuscript 1056. There are only scant notes of the Tzemach Tzedek on the margins of books. However the Library possesses the Tanach in which he learned, and he did write some notes on the margins: 68. Tanach, Amsterdam, 1667. These notes include: 1) The order of Haftorot, in places where there are conflicting customs. 2) Place markers for Sheini, Shlishi, etc., which were not marked in his Tanach. 3) Printing errors and details regarding the Mesora text of the Tanach. The book’s opening page is inscribed by the Rebbe Rashab: "The following is a quote from Sifsei Yeshanim: [It is] a very carefully inspected Tanach, examined by many Jewish and Christian scholars, with no mistakes at all. In the margin a few words are explained in Latin. It was printed very handsomely at the printing house in Amsterdam, 1667." On the inside of the Tanach’s binding is a label on which the Previous Rebbe wrote: "From the library of my grandfather, the Rebbe Tzemach Tzedek, from which he used to recite the Haftora." Also presented in the Exhibition: 69. Responsa, in his handwriting. 70. A sleeve from his Kapota, which his sons divided after his passing. 164. Portrait of the Rebbe Tzemach Tzedek, print, Vilna, 1896. On the bottom is writing in Hebrew and Russian. 165. Same as above, published by Mesorah. 166. Same as above, Kehot, 1953. 167. Portrait, wearing Talis and Tefilin, by E.K. Tifenbrun. 168. Portrait, by Yakov Lipshitz.Previous chapter