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 series Likkutei Torah-Torat Shmuel contains the Chasidic discourses of the fourth leader of Chabad, Rabbi Shmuel, the Rebbe Maharash. The present volumes cover the discourses delivered during the year of 5626 (1866).
Rabbi Shmuel was the first of the leaders of Chabad to compose hemshechim, series of discourses delivered over an extended period. Previously a Chasidic discourse related directly to the occasion of its delivery, a Shabbat, holy day, etc.
In 1945, Kehot began publishing the discourses of the Rebbe Maharash. The first volumes were facsimile copies of the transcriptions of Reb Shmuel Sofer, principal copyist in the village of Lubavitch for many years.