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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
1950
1950
First volume of Or HaTorah, first in series of discourses Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, is published
1952
1952
Tehillim Ohel Yosef Yitchok is first published
1953
1953
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
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
5672 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
1987
1987
Lessons in Tanya, an elucidation of the Tanya in english 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
2018
3 Tamuz, 2018
Launch of the new edition of Tzemach Tzedek Sheilos Utshuvos with publication of Orach Chaim
2019
3 Tamuz, 2019
New Edition of Seder Tefillos Mikol Hashanah, a Chasidic commentary on prayer by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
2019
Chai Elul (18), 2019
Launch of Selections from Likkutei Sichos with publication Breishis

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Grasping For Holiness

Grasping for Holiness

After 30 years of marriage, Isaac and Rebbeca had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau emerged from the womb first, but Jacob was holding on to Esau's heel.

His brother then emerged, and his hand was grasping
Esau’s heel. He named him Jacob. Isaac was in his 60th
year when she gave birth to them.

Genesis 25:26


Esau and Jacob serve as metaphors for our animating and Divine souls, respectively. Just as Esau emerged from Rebecca’s womb before Jacob, so does our inner Esau get a head start on our inner Jacob: whereas our Divine soul manifests itself gradually, only becoming fully manifest when we reach the age of maturity, our animating soul is fully manifest from birth.

Yet, “his hand was grasping Esau’s heel”: Our inner Jacob, our Divine soul, grasps at our inner Esau, our animating soul. The purpose of our Divine soul’s descent into this world is to refine the animating soul and actualize its inherent potential for goodness. Moreover, Esau’s heel symbolizes the lowest levels of Esau, meaning the lowest levels of animalistic materialism. Our Divine soul strives to elevate and refine even those aspects of life normally considered intrinsically outside the realm of holiness.

—from Daily Wisdom3