In 1978 the Rebbe asked that a Tanya be printed in every country. In 1984 the Rebbe added that Tanyas should be printed in every location where even one Jew lives.
The Rebbe explained that printing would: 1. make each place a source for Chassidus, and 2. bring unity.
1. Choosing a location to print a Tanya:
2. Once you review the process, and are prepared to print, contact us with the location in which you want to print, and the size you want to print.
a. A Tanya can be printed in any location, whether city, town, or village, where even one Jew lives.
b. Tanyas can also be printed at Organizations (e.g. Beis Chabad, or school), and at landmarks when appropriate.
c. In the standard printing, intended for perfect binding, the Tanya is formatted to fit onto standard size pages (Letter, or A4), and repeated a number of times, called N-up, 2-up means two copies on a page.
d. Standard sizes are (approximate):
i. Pocket size – 4"x5" (4-up)
ii. Standard book – 5.5"x8" (2-up)
iii. Small – 4"x3" (9-up)
e. If you want another format let us know.
f. Some things to consider with the size: larger Tanyas are easier to use, and it’s often easier to find binders for larger books, with small sizes, like 9-up, it may be more difficult to find a binder, but, small Tanyas require fewer sheets of paper to print, so the printing is quicker, and less expensive.
3. We will assign a number for the printing, add it to the list, and prepare the PDF file of the Tanya. Once you receive the file, check that it is properly customized and set up, if there are any issues contact us to correct it, do not make any changes on your own.
4. The Tanya has to be printed at the location chosen.
5. There are generally three ways to have the file printed:
a. On a personal printer.
i. Often the cheapest way to print, and good for any location. You would have to get the printing machines, enough toner/ink, and paper.
b. At a copy/print center.
i. A copy/print center can make it easier to print, because the shop handles the printing, and you avoid the need to obtain the printers, toner, and paper. Additionally, the machines are often better quality than a home/office, printer.
ii. This is only an option if you have the copy center in the location you want to print.
c. At a professional printshop.
i. Printing at a professional printshop will most often produce the highest quality Tanya, but is also a more expensive option, and like printing at an copy center, this is only an option if you have the printshop in the location you want to print.
6. A minimum of one hundred Tanyas have to be printed.
7. During the printing, פרק לב should be learned from the sheets.
8. Have a plan for binding before you start the process.
9. The Tanyas can be bound at any location, it does not have to be bound in the same place as the printing.
10. You have many options with the binding, whether to bind with hardcover, or paperback, and choices for design.
11. Generally speaking the design should have only the words ליקוטי אמרים תניא on the front and spine, dedications and logos can be placed in the back.
12. Most Tanyas are bound with a Perfect Binding. You can often find small print shops that bind books this way. Other types of binding are available, but in some instances (such as sewn binding) the Tanya would have to be formatted differently.
13. Give a copy of the Tanya to the Rebbe’s library, and to the Mivtza.
14. We do not charge to set up the Tanyas, but do ask that you contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the Mivtza, please do so here (link to donate page)
15. Fundraising for Tanya printing should not be used for other purposes.