The collected correspondences of Rabbi DovBer, second Lubavitcher Rebbe have been reissued in a new comprehensive volume.
First published as part of the Igrot Kodesh, Holy Epistles, series in 1980, the initial collection featured letters by Rabbi Schneur Zalman and his successors, his son Rabbi Dovber and grandson, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch. Additional material was collected in a supplement, printed in 1981, and a second edition, printed in 1993.
Central to the current volume, the first to feature only letters from Rabbi DovBer, is the 35 page introduction surveying the major themes and historical insight into the 81 letters. The letters fill 330 pages and span the years 1804-1828.
Themes include Rabbi DovBer`s appointment by his father, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, to serve as a guide and mentor to the Chasidim during the latter`s leadership, during which time Rabbi DovBer recorded many of his father`s discourses in writing; his settlement in Lubavitch; his assuming the mantle of leadership upon his father`s passing; his printing of his father`s works as well as his own; his activism to improve the conditions of the Jewish population in the Russian Empire; his establishment of the Chabad community in Hebron; his frail health and his imprisonment and vindication.