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Chabad Library Posts 1,000 Haggadot Online

A post to ha-Safran by YD draws our attention to the following press release:

The central Chabad-Lubavitch library in New York made 1,000 Passover Haggadahs, many of them rare, available on the Internet for browsing by the public. The Agudas Chasidei Chabad Library has one of the largest collections of the Passover orders of service in the world.

Housed at the Lubavitch World Headquarter, the library’s Haggadah collection began years ago with a nucleus of some 400 volumes purchased on behalf of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, by renowned collector and bibliographer Shmuel Wiener in 1924.

The posting at ChabadLibraryBooks.com represents close to half of the library’s total Haggadah collection and is part of chief librarian Rabbi Sholom Ber Levine’s goal of making the library more accessible to the public. All told, the library possesses more than 2,200 editions of the Haggadah. Although the rarest of the books, all handwritten, are not yet available, Levine is looking for ways to post them next year. Hebrew Books, directed by Chaim Rosenberg, collaborated on the project.

The Chabad Library collection can be found here. In a post at Seforim Eliezer Brodt draws our attention to the posting of 1,000 Haggadot at hebrewbooks.org. When it rains it pours.

Update: After looking at some of the haggadot that the Chabad Library posted online and actually reading the press release, I see that there was much cooperation between them and Hebrew Books and it seems that both of their postings are relatively similar.

4 Responses to “Chabad Library Posts 1,000 Haggadot Online”

  1. 1
    Lion of Zion:

    the guy behind hebrewbooks is a chabadnik. he does a great job; my only complaint is that he messes with the imprint information on the title page.

    btw, the habad library is one of the best judaica libraries in america. when i was working on early american hebrew printing i found many rarities, including unica

  2. 2
    Menachem Mendel:

    I was actually wondering about how interesting it is that Habad has such a great library. At least today they do not project themselves as a group which would want such an impressive library with many critical and rare works. Given the variety of the material in the library, it would be interesting to examine how each volume was acquired and by whom.

  3. 3
    Maria:

    from the court cases and battles of Shneerson and Barry Gur Ari [against his own uncle- naming him ” A Fuehrer”] you can imagine it was most probably not all collected in the most transparent and ethical of ways

  4. 4
    Shimon Meir:

    A detailed account of the acquisition of the Chabad Library collection is given in the Hebrew book Sifryas Lubavitch (Kehot Publication Society). In response to “Maria”, Barry Gurary surreptitiously removed rare books from the library, and was in the process of selling them. He claimed in court that the books belonged to him as an inheritance, while Chabad maintained that they were community property as intended by the Chabad Rebbes who assembled the collection. The courts ruled in favor of Chabad. Transcripts of the court proceedings are part of the public record. Any insinuation that the collection was assembled in a non-transparent or unethical way is vile, empty slander.

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