One who contributes from his wealth for the purpose of writing or publishing a sefer of a Tzaddik –
Behold, at any given time, and in any corner of the world, that a person studies from this sefer, the Tzaddik [on high] evokes merit on behalf of the donor through whom the sefer was disseminated.
—The Rebbe, Igrot Kodesh, vol 2
The collected correspondences of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of the Chabad movement have been reissued in a new comprehensive volume.
Central to the current volume, the first to feature only letters from Rabbi Schneur Zalman, is the 66 page introduction surveying the major themes and historical insight into the 183 letters. The letters fill some 600 pages and span the years 1781-1811.
Themes include Rabbi Schneur Zalman`s activism on behalf of early Chasidic settlers in the Holy Land; his activism to improve the conditions of the Jewish population in the the Russian Empire; tracts on the importance of prayer; an articulation of the foundations of the Chabad Chasidic movement, and relations between the nascent Chasidic movement and the Lithuanian rabbinic establishment.