Our History

1941
11 Tishrei, 1941
First publication released: Sefer HaShana
1941
20 Cheshvan, 1941
Kuntres HaTfillah by Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch is published and is the first sefer of Chasidut Chabad printed by Kehot
1942
Chanukah 1942
Launch of the Talks and Tales/Shmuessn Mit Kinder Un Yugent, monthly children's magazine
1945
1945
First volume of Toras Shmuel, first in series of discourses by Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch is published
1946
1946
Launch of the Our People series
1948
Rosh Chodesh Sivan, 1948
Likutei Torah is printed
1954
1954
New edition of Tanya with foreword by the Lubavitcher Rebbe is published and is also first Tanya printed in America
1957
1957
First in series of discourses by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi is published
1960
1960
Shulchan Aruch Harav is published for the first time in the United states with foreword by the Lubavitcher Rebbe
1960
1960
First volume of Or HaTorah, first in series of discourses Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, is published
1962
11 Nissan, 1962
First volume of Likutei Sichot is published
1970
1970
5666 series of discourses by Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch is published
1970
1970
First volume of the Chabad Encyclopedia is published
1973
1973
First Bilingual Tanya is published
1977
1977
5772 series of discourses by Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch is published
1978
1978
First Bilingual Siddur is published
1981
1981
Early draft of the Tanya is published
1984
1984
First in series of discourses by Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch is published
1990
1990
New edition of Torah Ohr, featuring new typeface is published
2001
2001
Begins publishing new edition of Shulchan Aruch HaRav
2001
2001
Launch of the Chasidic Heritage Series with publication of Yom Tov Shel Rosh Hashana
2002
2002
Launch of the Annotated Series with the publication of Annotated Siddur
2004
2004
Launch of the Torah series with publication of the book of Bamidbar
2010
2010
New edition of 5666 series of discourses by Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch is published
2014
28 Sivan, 2014
Launch of the Historical Sketches series with publication of The Life and Times of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
2015
2015
First volume of fully vowelized compact edition of the Shulchan Aruch HaRav is published

Kehot Publication Society and Merkos Publications, the publishing divisions of the Lubavitch movement, were established in 1942 by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn. Under the leadership of his successor, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Lubavitch publishing houses have brought Torah education to nearly every Jewish community in the world, and are the world's largest publisher of Jewish literature. More than 100,000,000 volumes have been disseminated to date in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Farsi and Arabic.

The publications listed in this online catalog include discourses on Chasidic philosophy and mysticism, Halachic texts and other scholarly works, histories, biographies, novelettes and story books for young children. An ever expanding list is designed to stimulate and satisfy the appetite of Jews on every level of religious understanding for a better knowledge of Judaism.

For the newcomer to the teachings of Judaism as well as for those well versed in Torah knowledge, Kehot Publication Society and Merkos Publications provide material of unparalleled quality and authenticity. With G-D's help, the Lubavitch movement will continue to satisfy the thirst for knowledge for which our people, the "People of the Book" have always been identified.

“There are two levels in the study of Torah,” the Baal Shem Tov would say, “Torah of the mind and Torah of the heart. The mind contemplates, comprehends and understands; the heart feels. I have come to reveal Torah as it extends to the heart as well.”

In 1942, when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe arrived in New York, admirers explained that passionate, proactive Jewish life was for the old country. Here in “the Golden Country,” bare ritual observance sufficed, and even that was in decline.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak remained convinced that by sharing the “Torah of the heart,” a Jewish soul in America could soar to the heights of any in history. As one of his early activities, he founded Kehot to publish prayer books, curricula and Chasidic teachings in a language that American Jews understood and felt.

Under the visionary guidance of the seventh Rebbe, millions of volumes on Jewish essentials, history, Chasidism, mysticism, inspiration and the Jewish way of life have been published in twelve languages.