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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 chabadinfo.com/?url=article_en&id=23755 –  Shmuel Brin Mar 20 at 18:31
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@ShmuelBrin interesting. probably not so objective though. –  ray Mar 20 at 18:52
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@ray punkt farkert, you'd expect him to endorse the practice, not condemn it –  Shmuel Brin Mar 21 at 1:49

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