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— objectives, conventions, caveats.
— history of the project and latest developments.
Corrections to the Preliminary Editions:
Bereishit (third printing)
Shemot (fourth printing)
Vayikra (second printing)
Bemidbar (fourth printing)
Devarim (third printing)
Content Issues and questions that arose while we were working on the Chumash, how we dealt with those we solved, and request for help on those we didn’t: Bereishit, Shemot, Bemidbar (other volumes in preparation).
Issues in English — conventions we have adopted concerning translation, transliteration, capitalization, punctuation, etc.
— the people behind the project.
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3 Tamuz 5773:
· corrected, third printing of Preliminary edition of Bereishit;
· corrected, fourth printing of Preliminary edition of Shemot;
· corrected, second printing of Preliminary edition of Vayikra;
· corrected, fourth printing of Preliminary edition of Bemidbar;
all published in NY by Kehos.
Erev Shavuos, 5772: Preliminary edition of Vayikra published in NY by Kehos.
Erev Shavuos, 5772: Corrected, second printing of Preliminary edition of Devarim published in NY by Kehos.
17 Tishrei 5771: Corrected, second printing of Preliminary edition of Bereishit published in NY by Kehos.
Elul 5769: Corrected, second printing of Preliminary edition of Shemot published in NY by Kehos.
Lag b’Omer 5769: Corrected, second printing of Preliminary edition of Bemidbar published in NY by Kehos.
17 Tishrei 5769: Preliminary edition of Bereishit published in NY by Kehos.
25 Marcheshvan 5767: Preliminary edition of Shemot published in NY by Kehos.
3 Tamuz 5764: Preliminary edition of Bemidbar published in NY by Kehos.
Erev Shavuos, 5763: “Preliminary, Review Printing” of Bemidbar printed and distributed for comment to USA Chabad Houses and selected rabbonim, etc. Includes questionnaire and “Issues in Translation and Peshat,” a list of unresolved questions for comment by reviewers.
Shevat 5761-Tevet 5762: Initial versions of parashiot from the Chumash posted on the Web at weekly intervals.
Tamuz 5760: Editorial committee set up. Work begins shortly after.
Tamuz 5759-Tamuz 5760: Database of the Rebbe’s teachings on Chumash prepared by the Lubavitcher Kollel at 770.
5759-first half of 5760: Project launched by Rabbi Baruch Shlomo Eliyahu Cunin, Chabad of California; prototypes proposed and evaluated.
Rabbi Baruch Shlomo Eliahu Cunin, shaliach of the Rebbe and head of Chabad of California
Rabbi Chaim Nachum Cunin, shaliach, Chabad of
Rabbi Levi Cunin, shaliach, Chabad of Malibu, California
Rabbi Zushe Cunin, shaliach, Chabad of Pacific Palisades, California
Editorial Committee (writers)
Rabbi Betzalel Lifshitz,
Rabbi Baruch Kaplan, lecturer at Maayanot Yeshiva and Midreshet Shoshanat Yerushalaim, Jerusalem
Rabbi Yosef Marcus, shaliach, Chabad of San Mateo; translator of many works of Chassidus
Rabbi Dov Wagner, shaliach, Chabad of the University of Southern California
Rabbi Moshe Wisnefsky (editor-in-chief), student in Jerusalem
Mr. Yrachmiel Tilles (for the Book of Numbers), educational director of Ascent Institute, Tzefat
Rabbi Dovid Olidort, Kehot Publication Society, Crown Heights
Rabbi Aaron Leib Raskin,
Rabbi Yonason Reinitz, Rabbinical Institute of New Haven, Connecticut
Rabbi Avraham D. Vaisfiche, Kehot Publication Society, Crown Heights
Editing of Hebrew Source Texts:
Rabbi Shmuel Rabin, Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yisroel Noach Shneur Wichin (Rashi on Exodus), lecturer at Maayanot Yeshiva, Jerusalem
Rabbi Levi Gordon (Rashi on Exodus)
Translations of Torah Text:
The translation is partially based on the work of—
Mr. Uri Kaploun (Genesis and Exodus), author, translator, and editor of many Chassidic and general works in English, Jerusalem
Dr. Shmuel Klatzkin (Leviticus, except for Kedoshim and Emor)
Mr. Ian Webster (http://www.hazard-county.com)
Mr. Marc Lumer (http://www.marclumerdesign.com)
Mrs. Sheina Malka Tannenbaum, Jerusalem
Mrs. Menucha Kaplan, Jerusalem
Rabbi Noson Vogel, Jerusalem
The following have assisted in this field over the life of the project:
Rabbi Ari Baitelman, shaliach, Chabad of Westwood
Rabbi Yossi Greisman, shaliach, Chabad of Westwood and AskMoses.com
Rabbi Reuven Mintz, shaliach, Chabad of Newport Beach, California
Rabbi Shmuel Marcus, shaliach, Chabad of Cypress, California
Word Processing Assistants
Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel & Rivka Chanin
Rabbi Yoel Gansburg, Tzefat
Rabbi Zalman Friedman (http://www.friedmanadvertising.com)
Rabbi Simcha Backman, shaliach, Chabad of
This edition of the Chumash is dedicated in honor of
Nathan Yitzchok, Moshe Lev, and Gilana Pikover
May they continue to grow in the ways of our holy Torah
by their parents, Yuri & Deana Pikover
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