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The first Lubavitch/Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Code of Jewish Law, once remarked that a Jew must "live with the times." His son explained the meaning: A Jew must live with the Torah portion of the week - i.e., he must assimilate the lessons of the weekly Torah portion
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Right before the Jewish people entered Israel, Moses commanded them that after crossing the Jordan they should put up a monument made out of 12 stones, and engrave upon them the entire Torah, “explained well.” Rashi interprets this to mean that the Torah should be translated into 70 languages.
In our generation, the process of translating the Torah into many languages has gathered steam. There are now Jewish books available in English, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabic and dozens of other languages.  Tanya, the foundational work of Chabad Chassidus, is available even in Braille.
Why is it so important to translate the Torah into many languages?
First, this is for the benefit of all the nations of the world. In the future everyone will recognize G-d as One and will fulfill all the mitzvot incumbent on them. We will need to be prepared with Torah material that anyone of any nationality can read and understand.
Second, this is also for the benefit of the Jewish people. When Moshiach comes, there will be an ingathering of all the exiles. However, if Moshiach’s coming is hastened, there may not be time for every Jew to learn to read Hebrew. By translating works of Torah and chassidus into many languages, we make Torah accessible to every Jew. No language barrier should ever keep a Jew away from Torah.
(The Rebbe, Hisvaaduyos 5746 vol. 4, p. 362)

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