How many seforim are attributed to R' Menachem Mendel Schneerson, z"l? Like a total of all his talks writings etc.

Does he have the most published seforim out of all gedolim?

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    The introduction to HaYom Yom has the complete count. I don't have it handly, and Hebrewbooks.org only has an old edition. In terms of "most published" you have to have some criteria. Beyond letters, he wrote very little, mostly edited writeups of what he spoke. He was much more prolific as a teacher by talking than writing. – Yishai May 8 '16 at 18:18

On Hebrewbooks i made a search (of scanned books) for author

שניאורסון, מנחם מנדל, 1902

I get 322
(some of them have the same sicha/maamar/point printed in 2 different books (sometimes translated differently or just in different orders))


Does he have the most published seforim out of all gedolim?

Many of 'his' books are (near-)transcriptions of what he said, in many cases not even corrected by him ("בלתי מוגה"). Since God taught the complete explanation of Chumash (plus some other stuff) to Moses at Sinai, the gadol with the most published books is הקל הגדול.

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    @hazoriz No, just a poorly asked question. – Double AA May 8 '16 at 17:58
  • So Hashem only wrote one book – Shmuel May 8 '16 at 19:31
  • @ShmuelBrin, no, He wrote Likute Sichos and Haamek Davar and Sifse Chachamim and…. – msh210 May 8 '16 at 20:01
  • Source for claim about extent of Sinaic teachings? – mevaqesh May 12 '16 at 6:58
  • @mevaqesh, I'll try to find it b'li neder. – msh210 May 12 '16 at 11:47

The Rebbe didn't actually write many seforim. He wrote hayom yom in the name of the Friediker Rebbe and a Haggadah (and I think he also wrote a biography of the Rebbe Maharash).

igros kodesh is from his letters, which I think some were written by him and some were dictated to the secretary. The rest is from his sichos (speeches) and ma'amorim (chassidus discourses), that he said but didn't write. some he edited (like all lekutei sichos) and some he didn't. You have many seforim containing his sichos and mamorim, whether they're sorted differently, or adapted, explained etc.

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