The Only Remaining Original Tanya Manuscript

Only a single manuscript of the Alter Rebbe’s handwriting of the Tanya remains, and it is housed in the Rebbe’s library. What happened to the other original manuscripts? 

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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.


The process of publishing the Tanya was far from a simple one, with numerous editions published even during the Alter Rebbe’s lifetime.

Today, only a single manuscript of the Alter Rebbe’s handwriting of the Tanya remains. What happened to the others? 

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