The Chabad Tanya And The Nigerian Flag

How A Makeshift Printing Press Tied Two Denominations Together

The Chabad Tanya And The Nigerian Flag

Chabad Lubavitch of Nigeria

Rabbinical students met with local community members in cities such as Port Harcourt and Ibadan to print an original Chabad work: the Tanya.

by Staff Writer

January 1, 2018

Rabbinical students in Nigeria created a makeshift publishing house earlier this year, transporting paper and printers across six cities in the western African country. Often they flew from city to city. Sometimes a pickup truck was their method of transport.

600 Tanyas were printed and bound in green and white, symbolic of the Nigerian flag. The Tanya was printed in six cities in Nigeria: Abuja, Enugu, Ibadan, Kaduna, Oyo and Port Harcourt. The names of the individual locations are listed on the covers in both Hebrew and English.


A seminal work of Chabad philosophy, the Tanya was originally published in 1797 by the movement’s founder Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.


To date the Tanya has been printed all across the globe, including Antarctica, Mt. Everest and Jamaica. The project is part of a campaign instituted by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in the 1970s to partner this work with local communities. Locals in six cities in Nigeria participated in this monumental project.


Rabbinical students Heschel Yarmush, Mendel Raskin and Mendy Sternbach pose with Nigerian security and local Micha Wolf who helped arrange the project.


Rabbinical students, under the leadership of Rabbi Israel and Haya Uzan of Chabad in Nigeria, and local community members, make a celebratory “l’chaim” to celebrate a job well-done.


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