The number of projects to strengthen Yiddishkeit the Rebbe was involved in will never be known to us. Often, the Jewish public was unaware of the Rebbe’s direct or indirect involvement. To the Rebbe, the main thing was that the goal be accomplished; if this necessitated keeping his influence concealed, so be it.
One of these projects was the publishing of the sefer Hadras Ponim Zokon. Authored by Rabbi Moshe Wiener, Hadras Ponim Zokon is an exhaustive analytical and encyclopedic treatise of 1,024 pages (in its third edition) regarding the growth and cutting of the beard in halachic perspective, crowned with close to 60 pages of letters of acclaim from Gedolei Yisroel representing all segments of Klal Yisroel. The sefer vigorously demonstrates that maintaining a beard is an absolute, unequivocal Torah imperative.
Recently, copies of some of the Rebbe’s correspondence from the period leading up to and immediately following the release of the first edition of Hadras Ponim Zokon over 40 years ago were received.
These letters, which reveal the Rebbe’s extensive, intricate and ardent involvement in the sefer, served as the basis of a comprehensive article.
To view the article in English click here.
The 3rd edition of Hadras Ponim Zokon is out-of-print.
To enable the publication of an expanded 4th edition of this celebrated sefer (of approximately 1,150 pages) – which was so important to the Rebbe — by sponsoring a Hakdasha/Dedication in honor/memory of a loved one or a special occasion, please click here.
To view excerpts from the letters of support and approbation of Gedolei Yisroel regarding sefer Hadras Ponim Zokon, click here.
For a copy of the letter from Rav Zalman Shimon Dworkin z’l (the late Rov of the Lubavitch community of Crown Heights), regarding the importance of Anash supporting the publication of Hadras Ponim Zokon, click here. For an English translation of Rav Dworkin’s letter, click here.