Following the Baal Shem Tov’s example, the custom of our Rebbeim has always been to recite their Maamorim (Chassidic Discourses) in the Yiddish language; and for the discourses to be transcribed and published in Hebrew.
Starting with the Mitteler Rebbe, and continuing through the Previous Rebbe, the discourses were generally transcribed by each Rebbe personally. The Rebbe reverted to the Alter Rebbe’s approach (similar to that of the Baal Shem Tov and the Mezritcher Magid) – to have certain venerable Chassidim serve as the primary transcribers. Over the years, the Rebbe personally edited the transcription of approximately 15% of the discourses that he delivered. The majority, though, are studied from their unedited transcriptions, in keeping with the above custom.
In a 5741 talk, however, discussing the virtues of the Yiddish precursor of “Lessons in Tanya”, the Rebbe made an interesting statement (Likutei Sichos vol. 21, p. 448 – free translation): “In order to understand the true intent of the “Divrei Torah” of our Rebbeim, it is not sufficient to study them as they have been translated into Loshon HaKodesh (Hebrew) by others, rather we must examine the words that they said in Yiddish.”
With this in mind, Umedayeik BaMaamar provides a full transcription of the Rebbe’s original Yiddish wording of the discourse Basi Legani 5716, which is being studied in connection with Yud Shevat this year. The result of extensive research, the book contains comprehensive notation and commentary, revealing hundreds of previously unknown sources that the Rebbe appears to be quoting, oftentimes verbatim, and demonstrates how each and every nuance in the discourse adds new layers of meaning.
In line with this year’s theme, Hakhel, the book also collects a broad range of sources from the four levels of the Torah (Pshat, Remez, Drush and Sod); thereby contributing to what the Rebbe refers to as “Hakhel within Torah Study” (Likutei Sichos vol. 9, p. 380).
Yad Menachem is offering a full PDF download of the Sefer for everyone to learn and enjoy. Click here to download PDF of Umedayeik BaMaimar.
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