Friday, June 19, 2015
Your Spiritual Space
On a recent trip to my childhood home in Leeds, my mother asked me to clear out my books that were collecting dust on shelves and in boxes in coveted spaces. I took them to London, and I noticed one of them, a small blue book. I was quite stunned when I looked inside. But first, in 1978 the Lubavitcher Rebbe began a campaign to print an edition of the Tanya, - the first Chassidic book, written by the first Chabad Rebbe, R’ Shneur Zalman - in every city in the world. His directive was based on a teaching of the Baal Shem Tov, that Moshiach would come when “the wellsprings” of Chassidic teachings would spread worldwide. ‘A spring is a source of living water. Printing the Tanya in every location would transform that place into a source and bastion of Spiritual teachings’. The numbers go consecutively from #1 printed in 1796 in Slavita, Ukraine, to today, when the number is over 6,600 and still growing. Here in the UK Mr. Avram Weiss traveled up and down the country in a caravan with a printer assembled inside.
Posted by Mendel Cohen at 4:06 AM