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There is a practice among Chabad chasidim to ask questions via the "Igrot Kodesh" (a collection of published correspondence from the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe).

The procedure involves writing a letter and placing it in a random volume and page of Igrot Kodesh, and then reading the response.

Is there any problem with doing this? Halachically or otherwise. Please source.

I had asked a Chabad person once whether this is praying to the Rebbe (which would certainly be forbidden) and he replied something like that it is "asking for a beracha".

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also see – Shmuel Brin Mar 20 '14 at 18:31
@ShmuelBrin interesting. probably not so objective though. – ray Mar 20 '14 at 18:52
related:… – Menachem Mar 20 '14 at 21:45
@ray punkt farkert, you'd expect him to endorse the practice, not condemn it – Shmuel Brin Mar 21 '14 at 1:49

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No, there is no problem. It is just asking for a bracha or advice.

Igros kodesh are a collection of letters written to specific people, and, while they are rich, full of information, we cannot apply what was written for a specific person necessarily to every single question or concern which someone writes to the Rebbe about.

rather than using igros better to write nd send one's letter to the ohel as this is what we were instructed to do by the Rebbe and what the Rebbe did when anyone wrote to him.

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OP specifically said "Please source." – Danny Schoemann Nov 3 at 13:02
based on conversations with many shluchim. the instructions from the Rebbe never included using igros but going to the ohel. Some swear by it but I see no use for it personally when following what the Rebbe said directly makes more sense. – Dude Nov 4 at 4:42

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