Kehot Publication Society

Kehot Publication Society is the publishing division of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Kehot Publication Society
FounderRabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn
Headquarters locationBrooklyn, New York
DistributionNorth America, Israel, South America, South Africa, Australia


Kehot was established in 1941 by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn. In 1942 he appointed his son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson as director and editor-in-chief.[1]

Only a handful of classic Chabad texts were available for study in 1942, but under the leadership of the younger Schneerson Kehot became the world's largest publisher of Jewish literature, with more than 100,000,000 volumes printed to date in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Persian and Arabic.[2]

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson dedicated much time to his editorial responsibilities, and in a 1946 letter noted the many obligations: "recently I have had to edit a booklet about Purim and Passover in French (similar to the one about Tishrei), one about Purim in English, the first volume of Our People in English, the final proofreading of [the Hassidic discourse] Mayim Rabim. In the middle of being proofread are: the appendices to Tzemach Tzedek, the booklet Ha-Tzemach Tzedek Ve-haHaskalah, a collection of the Rebbe [Rashab]’s talks. At the beginning of being proofread are Kuntres Eitz HaChaim, a booklet about the Rebbe Maharash, the talks of the Rebbe [Rayatz], a book of Hassidic Discourses, a book of questions and answers between a teacher and a child regarding Jewish religion and practice in English, a code of Jewish law for youth in English etc., etc."[3]


The name Kehot (קה"ת) is an acronym for Karnei Hod Torah ("the rays of the Torah's glory"), and the three Hebrew letters feature in the publishing house's logo. The letters also refer to the Hebrew year, 5505 (תק"ה), in which the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, was born.

Kehot has started to host an annual book-a-thon with the purpose of promoting Jewish literacy as well as helping to build Jewish libraries.[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • (2017) Best Book Award, Religion – A Time to Heal, ISBN 978 082 669 0012
  • (2015) Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Winner – Daily Wisdom, ISBN 978 082 660 0950
  • (2005) National Jewish Book Award Finalist – The Last Pair of Shoes, ISBN 978 082 660 0318

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