Acclaim for

Early Years


Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union

The book’s careful and faithful documentation of every stage of the Rebbe’s earliest development enables us to follow his formative experiences on a day to day basis. We see where he lived and visited. We meet the men and women from whom he learned and with whom he interacted. We observe greatness unfold.

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Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought, Yeshiva University

this array of primary source documents and pictures are presented in, literally, a breathtaking most aesthetically pleasing way. High quality colored pictures of buildings and original documents of all sorts adorn the volume and provide the reader with primary documents to examine directly.

I highly commend the authors for expending much effort on this volume which will undoubtedly enhance our understanding of one of the most important world Jewish leaders of the twentieth century.


Lord Jonathan Sacks

Former Chief Rabbi, United Kingdom

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, was one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, a man whose spiritual influence transformed countless lives as well as Jewish communities throughout the world. Reading the life story of such a person is inspirational in the highest degree, and Boruch Oberlander and Elkanah Shmotkin have done a wonderful job in this unprecedentedly detailed documentary account of the Rebbe’s early years. A fine book about a man who brought faith, love and joy to so many for so long.