9-year-old Mushky returned home from camp and proudly showed her parents the prize she had received from her counselor – an English translated volume of Hayom Yom printed by Sichos in English.
Her father, the Head Shliach of a city on the East Coast, leafed through the sefer with visible satisfaction, until he noticed something very disappointing. At first he thought that it was a printing error, because it couldn’t be that such important pages were deliberately missing. But after a few telephone conversations with other parents of Mushky’s bunk-mates who had received the same gift, it became clear that this was no accident.
At the beginning of the Hayom Yom, which the Rebbe published at the behest of the Previous Rebbe in 1943, a brief biography appears of all the Chabad Rebbeim from the Alter Rebbe and on. The Rebbe explained that this was a sort of ‘introduction’ to the Sefer.
This would be the first time that the Rebbe compiled a history of the Chabad Rabbeim, and he spent many hours ensuring that each word was meticulously accurate.
This section of the sefer would be edited and updated by the Rebbe himself each time it would be reprinted. In 1957, the Rebbe completed the Previous Rebbe’s biography from 1943 until his passing, and added his own biography as well.
But in this Hayom Yom he held in his hands, the entire biography of the Rebbe was completely eliminated.
When informed of this, the reaction of Rabbonim, Shluchim and Mashpi’im was that of shock and disgust.
“There is no good reason to erase the entire history of the seventh generation of Chabad leadership,” said one Shliach; “I am surprised the staff of that camp did not look into which sforim they were distributing to the girls.”
“What were these people thinking? That with the stroke of a key they can wipe out 110 years of the Rebbe!?” said one Mashpia in Eretz Yisroel. “This is what those who were fighting the Rebbe were claiming in court during the chapter of Hey Teves.”
A friend of the publishers who was reached for comment said that the reason for eliminating the Rebbe’s biography was to avoid any dilemma with what to write for the year of 1994, when the Rebbe passed away. But he couldn’t explain why they had to remove the entire bio – couldn’t they just leave out the last year!?
Many Chabad Rabbonim, Shluchim and Mashpi’im are now discouraging their families, friends and students from buying this sefer, saying it would not be appropriate to insult the author of the sefer, the Rebbe himself, by supporting those who fight against him.
This article was translated from the original Hebrew, which appeared on Shturem.net