One of the most famous series of Chassidic maamarim (discourses) in Chabad teachings is "Vekacha—5637" by the forth Chabad Rebbe Maharash, Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch (1834-1882), of blessed memory.
This series, delivered by the Rebbe Maharash in 1877 (5637), has recently been typeset and published, for the first time, by Kehot Publication Society, the Chabad-Lubavitch publishing house.
The hemshech, as a Chasidic series of discourses is known, appears in volume two of Torat Shmuel—5637. The discourses are presented with copious annotations and glosses, indices and references, skillfully edited by Rabbi Alexander Z. Piekarski of the Chabad Research Center.
It was first published in 1945 as a photo reproduction of the handwritten transcript of the discourses by Rabbi Shmuel Sofer, head of the transcribers in Lubavitch at the time.
This paperback edition of the hemshech was dedicated by the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, in memory of his mother, Rebbetzin Shterna Sara, of blessed memory.
The volumes of Torat Shmuel—5637 presents all the discourses delivered in 1877. Volume one presents, for the first time, all the discourses delivered during the winter months; volume two contains the forty-six discourses of the "Vekacha" series.
At the end of volume two, the editor presents a catalog of sources in the works of the Rebbe in which he cites or references the hemshech.
Volume two also includes a comprehensive overview of the hemshech replete with anecdotes and quotes by the Rebbe Rabbi Shalom Dovber, his son Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak and the Rebbe concerning the hemshech.