Lawyer Decodes Pre-Wedding Letter to the Rebbe

A new publication by Maryland attorney Shlomo M. Hamburger has undertaken the task of unlocking the “code” of the letter of the Rebbe’s father Harav Reb Levi Yitzchok to the Rebbe in the days preceding his marriage.

A new publication has undertaken the task of unlocking the “code” of the letters of the Rebbe’s father, Harav Reb Levi Yitzchok. It was prepared by Shlomo M. Hamburger, a Washington DC lawyer and a member of Chabad on Campus Advisory Board.

Written after many years of studying the Rebbe’s father’s Torah and correspondence with the Rebbe and others, this kovetz covers the letter sent by Harav Levi Yitzchok to the Rebbe on the occasion of the tenaim before the Rebbe and Rebbetzin’s wedding.

This letter on tenaim explores the spiritual meaning of the tenaim and the differences between a “transactional” relationship and a real Chassidishe intertwined relationship. 

Hamburger’s previous booklets elucidating Reb Levik’s Torah were praised by a wide range of Chabad scholars. Rabbi Tzvi Freeman commented: “I don’t know that there’s anyone alive today that can explain these letters fully, but [Hamburger] seem[s] to have unfolded much of it.” 

As the Rebbe wrote in a letter from Motzoei Tisha B’Av 5744: “It is my obligation and great zechus to suggest, request, etc., that everyone study from [my father’s] teachings…” Hamburger’s translation and explanation will certainly help advance that goal.

Click here to download the new booklet.

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