Likkutei Dibburim, a cherished treasure-chest of the Chabad-Lubavitch heritage, is a record of talks delivered (and then rewritten for publication) by the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneesohn N"E (1880 - 1950), in Latvia, Poland and the United States, in the course of the years 1929-1950.
The sheer range of this work, both in subject and atmosphere, is overwhelming, for these talks embrace (for example) childhood memories; insightful stories; the family traditions of a family of tzaddikim; recollections of Stalinist dungeons and interrogations; nostalgic glimpses of faces and sounds and townlets that conjure up the mystique of a vanished world; delicately drawn vignettes of exalted villagers and humble giants; eloquent sometimes impassioned passages of exhortation; fascinating chronicles of the early history of the chassidic movement, treasured heirlooms that are lovingly passed on; and, of course, creative and instructive expositions of concepts crucial to the teachings of chassidus. But one theme links all of these subjects like a thread of gold - the intense spiritual and personal bond with all his fellow Jews, that is of the essence of the very concept of Rebbe.
The six English volumes that comprise this classic work were translated by Uri Kaploun from the original Hebrew and Yiddish. The newly-published Volume VI includes a number of unique documents, which were written by the Rebbe Rayatz and by other contemporary hands but did not appear in the Hebrew/Yiddish volumes as originally published. They now appear here in English for the first time.
Volume VI also provides supplementary background resources for the entire set, including: a Biographical Index, an Index of Placenames and Subject Index; a map; a biographical outline of the author; a partial family tree of the author`s forebears; and a chronological listing of all the talks and letters that appear in all six volumes, with page references.