The Full Story Behind the Stolen and Redeemed Sefer

Special Edition: It’s not every day that a stolen sefer that belonged to the Rebbe Rashab and Frierdiker Rebbe is redeemed and returned to 770. Here’s the full story behind the manuscript.

By reporter

Thousands of priceless treasures lie on the shelves and safes of the Central Chabad Library, right next door to 770. The average chossid, however, won’t have the chance to see the most precious of them. Until now, that is.

A new series, launched by in partnership with the Rebbe’s library, will showcase some of the most unique and historic books and items in the Rebbe’s library.

In this special episode, we will explore the story behind a manuscript which was just recently redeemed and brought to the Rebbe’s library in 770.


On Thursday, 28 Iyar, 5783, a kabbalistic manuscript that was owned by the Rebbe Rashab and Frierdiker Rebbe, and held by the Russian government before disappearing and showing up on auction, was returned to its rightful place in the Rebbe’s library after months of international efforts.

The manuscript is of the work ‘Meshivas Nefesh’ authored by the mekubal Rav Yaakov Tzemach. For hundreds of years, the work remained unprinted and was only published recently, in 2012. 

This is the story behind the manuscript, how it was acquired by the Rebbe Rashab, and how it was redeemed and brought back to its rightful home.

Listen to the lecture in podcast format by clicking here.

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