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December 24, 1993 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-12-24

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Book Returned
To Rebbe

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New York (JTA) — After
years of legal battles and po-
litical intercessions, a re-
vered volume from a large
library confiscated at the
time of the Russian Revo-
lution has been returned to
the Lubavitcher Chasidim.
The book — a 90-year-old
copy of the Tanya presented
to the rebbe's predecessor,
Rabbi Yosef Yitzhok
Schneersohn, by his
students before he became
rebbe — was obtained by
Vice President Al Gore espe-
cially for the ailing 92-year-
old rebbe, Menachem
Mendel Schneerson, in
Brooklyn.
The Tanya, which means
"teaching," was written
nearly 200 years ago and is
the basic philosophy of the
Lubavitchers.
Mr. Gore received the gold-
embossed, printed copy last
week from Russian Culture
Minister Yevgeny Sidorov,
after considerable interven-
tion by President Clinton,
Mr. Gore and the U.S.
Senate, said Rabbi Boruch
Shlomo Cunin.
Rabbi Cunin, who received
the book from Mr. Gore in

Mr. Gore was
allowed to look
over books in the
Lenin Library.

Moscow, personally
delivered it last week to the
rebbe, who generally does
not receive visitors since he
suffered a debilitating
stroke two years ago.
Rabbi Cunin was accom-
panied before the rebbe by
an entourage that included
his wife, Miriam; his sons;
Rabbi Yosef Aranov, head of
Chabad Lubavitch in Israel;
Rabbi Yitzhak Kogan of
Israel, a former prominent
Soviet refusenik; and Albert
Rosenhaus of New Jersey,
who has been "helpful all
along" in the quest for the
books, Rabbi Cunin said.
Veronica Irina, an at-
torney who is also the rector
of Maimonides University,
the first Jewish state uni-
versity in Russia, was also
present at the book's
delivery to the rebbe.
It was she "who the rebbe
put in charge of the full
strategy to receive the
books," Rabbi Cunin said.
The Russian Supreme
Court ruled in 1991 that the
12,000 books of the seized

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