Rabbi Nisen Mangel—world-renowned rov, translator of Siddur Tehillas Hashem, and among the original translators of Tanya—will farbreng with the community Thursday night May 8th at 8:30 in honor of the recent adaptation of Likkutei Torah (Vayikra) into English. The farbrengen will take place at The Beis Medrash, located at 580 Crown Street between Albany and Troy Avenues in Crown Heights.
The event, sponsored by the website LikkuteiTorah.com, the Beis Medrash, Purity Press, and private donors, will celebrate the availability to an ever-widening public of the Alter Rebbe’s most fundamental Chabad teachings, especially as found in his classics Torah Or and Likkutei Torah. Rabbi Mangel will IY”H share insights into the importance of these works, as well as the challenges of translating chassidus into English. He will relate his experiences translating the Tanya and the siddur, and guidance he received from the Rebbe while doing so.
Rabbi Yitzchok Wagshul, author of the groundbreaking series Words of the Living G-d, adapting Torah Or and Likkutei Torah into English—whose publisher, Purity Press, claims, “If Rabbi Schneur Zalman were teaching today, this book is what he might well say”—will disclose the genesis of this historic project and point out some of the unique features of the work.
Also on the agenda is series senior editor Rabbi Yosef Y. Keller, whose encyclopedic knowledge and scholarship are indispensable to the Words of the Living G-d series. Rabbi Keller will talk about the history of Torah Or and Likkutei Torah, tracing the path from discourses recited by the Alter Rebbe through various manuscript transcriptions (whose originals are safeguarded in the Rebbe’s library) to their eventual publication in the form we have today.
The recently released volume three of Words of the Living G-d (available at all local bookstores) contains ten maamarim from Likkutei Torah—one for each parshah in sefer Vayikra. In keeping with the joyous nature of this great event, refreshments will be served at Thursday evening’s farbrengen. The theme will be the celebration of chassidus in English; no donations or pledges will be required, and all are welcome to attend!
For more information, including a free downloadable chapter from the new volume, readers are invited to visit www.PurityPress.org.