Three Chabad Chassidim, Avigdor Factor, Yossi Lipsh, and Moshe Raichman from Ramat Bet Shemesh traveled to Manama, Bahrain to print the Tanya on the Yahrtzeit of the Alter Rebbe’s passing, the 24th in the month of Tevet.
This is the 7,755 edition of the Tanya printed in the world after the Lubavitcher Rebbe instructed his Chasidim to print the Tanya in every location globally with a Jewish community, in order to ‘purify the air’ and conquer the world spiritually.
Jews began living in what is today known as Bahrain since the Second Temple period.
In 1880, Iraqi Jews traveling to India stopped in Bahrain on the way, liked what they saw, and decide to settle there. The ancestors of those settlers make up the current community, the oldest contemporary community in the Gulf region.
The Kingdom is very tolerant to Jews, and three of its members have served in the national parliament.
“I have been doing business with Bahrain for fifteen years”, shared Moshe Raichman, “and realized that this was likely one of the last active Jewish communities globally that has yet to have a Tanya printed. After the Bahrain synagogue was restored and the Abraham accords were signed, this was the perfect opportunity to make it happen”.
Yossi Lipsh shared: “It was an elevating experience to participate in this printing on the Alter Rebbe’s Yahrtzeit. We took the fresh pages of the printing and learned them in the beautifully restored ‘Ten Commandments’ Synagogue. The dream was realized.