With a prayer of gratitude to the Al-mighty we proudly publish the twentieth volume of Sichos In English, the third volume of 5744. This volume covers the period from Adar Sheni to Iyar 5744 and all the Farbrengens held during that time are represented here.
The free-style translations of the Sichos are structured to appeal to the English-speaking reader who has some basic familiarity with the teachings of Chassidus. The original contexts of the Sichos are generally maintained, and the form and style in which they were said is adhered to. Only slight adaptations or omissions have been permitted, when it facilitates the smooth flow of the translation. As always, great effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the translations; however, they carry no official authorization. As in all works of this nature the possibility of inadvertent error exists.
An important theme addressed by the Rebbe, during the period, was the fact that in 5744 the calendar was identical to 5700, the year which the previous Rebbe came to America. Another subject to which the Rebbe gave his attention was the “Week of the Jewish Woman” and the many ramifications from that project.
During 5744 the book of Tanya went through its 1000th printing and a new edition of Tanya was published which included facsimiles of the title pages representing the editions of Tanya up to that time.
The year 5744 also saw the initiation of the “Year of the Rambam,” in honor of the 850th year since the birth of Maimonides, as well as the initiation of daily study of Mishneh Torah, with the intention of making a Siyum celebration upon completion every year. The importance of this study was proposed and expounded by the Rebbe as recorded in the essay, “Unity Through Rambam.”
In addition to the translated Sichos we have also included in this volume several communal letters issued by the Rebbe, Shlita, for special occasions.
11th Day of Nissan, 5746
84th Birthday of the Lubavitcher Rebbe