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"..Now listen to my voice, and may G-d help you: Your teacher R. Moshe Binyamin has already taught you to write well, so beginning today, you should record on paper all that you see of your father's conduct. In addition, if they'll tell you any story about the Rebbes or Chasidim, write them down."
Hearing these words from R. Nissan his tutor, at age eleven years old, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, later the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, began what would become a chariched pastime: recording, in organized form, a detailed history od the Chabad-Lubavitch leaders, their students and followers.
Drawing his material from documents as well as from unpublished sources, memoirs of participants and family members, such as his father, Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch; his grandmother, Rebbetzin Rivkah, and from elder Chasidim whose company he kept in his youth, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak wrote prolifically, chronicling for posterity the rich tradition of his forebears.
In his later years and beyond, some of these memoirs were published, in Hebrew and English, in his books of talks, discourses and letters, and partially collected in his Lubavitcher Rebbe's Memoirs
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