Donations by philanthropist Mouli Cohen have made possible the republishing of the “Imrei Bina” (Words of Wisdom), one of the most profound Chassidic texts.
Authored by Rabbi DovBer, known as the “Mitteler Rebbe (Admur Ha’emtzai)”, the renewed access to the text has caused a tremendous excitement in Chasidic circles.
Rabbi DovBer was the leader of the Chabad movement for 15 years, from 1813 until his passing in 1827, carrying on and expounding upon the torch of Chabad Chasidic philosophy handed to him by his father, Rabbi Schneur Zaman of Liadi, founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch.
He published his Imrei Binah, in 1821 in Kopust. Imrei Binah is a multi-layered exposition on the mitzvot of Reading the Shema and Tefillin. It is considered one of the most profound of all Chasidic texts.
Previous printings of Imrei Binah were photo-reproductions of the first print of 1821. The typeface used in that edition was the Rashi script, popular in rabbinic writings of 200 years ago.
Due to paper shortages and costs, printers were forced to tightly cram the pages with several hundred words per page. The reproductions of this edition have deteriorated over the years and desperately needed a modern-day facelift.
Rabbi Asi Spiegel , Director of Chabad House Jewish Student Center at the University of Oregon, says, “This facelift to the text and access to the text for a new generation of Jewish and Chassidic scholars would not have been possible without the generous support of Mouli Cohen.
“We are honored to support the republishing of this important book and we look forward to supporting important Jewish causes in the future,” said Cohen and his wife Stacy Cohen.
During the short span of Rabbi DovBer’s leadership, the amount of Chasidim attracted to the movement increased in the tens of thousands. Building on the structure of his father, he expounded, developed and articulated the new teachings of Chabad.
While his father’s teachings were brief and seminal, Rabbi DovBer’s were lengthy and explanatory. The rivers of elucidation that he unleashed demonstrate an unfathomable brilliance. He saw it as his life’s mission to bring Chasidic thought to the people and expected his students to understand the Divine levels with the same familiarity as their five fingers.
The beautiful new edition has been received by the community with great joy.