This list is primary for the women and post seminary girls on the Ukraine trip.

Links will download the book (when available), or will direct you to a site to purchase.

Don’t get carried away by the number of titles, just choose a few.

The Great Mission – The Life and Story of Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov
Branches of the Chassidic Menorah

Biographical Stories based on the Essay “Fathers of Chassidus” (אבות החסידות) by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, first published in the classical columns of HaTamim 

Volume One

Volume Two

The Great Maggid
The Life and Teachings of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezhirech
Volume One – Biography
Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Memoirs 

The sixth Rebbe penned this memoir to introduce us to the origins of Lubavitch, specifically the spiritual journey of Baruch, father of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the first leader of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Volume One

Volume Two
The Making of Chassidim

A Letter Written by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi


by Nissan Mindel

With a foreword by the Rebbe (to the first edition – 1968)
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

The Philosophy of Chabad

by Nissan Mindel
The Alter Rebbe

by Rabbi Sholom DovBer Avtzon

Events in the Life of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi – Historical Sketches

This installment of Historical Sketches, focuses on the organizational skills of the Chabad-Lubavitch leaders, describing their far-reaching efforts on behalf of the social and communal well-being of their brethren, beginning with the founder of the movement, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, known as the Alter Rebbe.

The Debate in Minsk – Historical Sketches

In 1783, an important disputation took place in Minsk between leading Misnagdic geonim and R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi. The debate centered around R. Schneur Zalman’s philosophy, which was based ont he teachings of the Baal Shem Tov – teachings that the Mitnagdim vehemently opposed.
Arrest and Liberation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

The History of Yud-Tes Kislev Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad- Lubavitch Chassidism was arrested, persecuted, and imprisoned in the year 1798 for his selfless efforts to strengthen the Jewish people and to disseminate Chassidic teachings.
Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s arrest imperiled not only his own life, but also the future of Chassidism. On the 19th of Kislev that year, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi was freed from his severe imprisonment in Petersburg, Russia, cleared of charges and with his teachings vindicated.

This book explores this noteworthy turning point in the Chasidic movement, and its importance as a milestone in Jewish History.
The Mitteler Rebbe

by Rabbi Sholom DovBer Avtzon
The Second Generation: R. Dovber of Lubavitch – Historical Sketches

The life of R. DovBer Schneuri, second Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. During the years of his leadership, the sun of chabad Chasidism shone with all its might and glory, as this was a time marked by tranquility from opposition and extensive efforts in studying and disseminating the teachings of Chasidut.
A Prince in Prison

The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Account of His Incarceration in Stalinist Russia in 1927
From the diary of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch

In this unparalleled historic first-person description the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe graphically documents the cold truth behind the cynical Stalinist facade of religious tolerance — midnight arrest, intimidation and interrogation, incarceration without trial, the humiliation of prison routine, the torture of dissidents, and so on.
The Heroic Struggle
The Rebbe’s Prison Diary

From the writings of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch

A personal account of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn’s arrest and imprisonment, and subsequent liberation from Soviet prisons in 1927.
The Early Years

The product of an exhaustive, years-long, worldwide research project, Early Years tells the riveting story of the early life of the man who, as much as anyone else, set the course of Jewish history in the twentieth century.

What was his childhood like? What type of schooling did he receive? Who were his mentors and teachers? When did he first meet his father-in-law and predecessor, and what was the relationship between them like? At what point did the ideas that were to transform the landscape of post-Holocaust Jewry begin to take form in his mind?

These questions and others about the Rebbe’s early life have never been answered comprehensively.
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson (1878–1944)

The life and legacy of the Rebbe’s father

A mystic and scholar, he wrote commentaries on the most esoteric texts. As rabbi of a major Ukrainian city, he struggled valiantly to strengthen Judaism, in spite of Soviet intimidation.
A Biography of Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson