Likutay Torah and Torah Or are two volumes of an anthology of deeply inspirational teachings in divine service by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (author of the Tanya) on all the Torah portions and holidays of the year, originally meant to be published together under the same title. However, after the first volume of the set was printed under the title "Torah Or", the printing press was unexpectedly closed. Torah Or contains teachings on the Parshios from the books of Bereishis and Shemos and on Megilas Ester. The second half of the set was printed eleven years later under the title Likutei Torah, which contains teachings on the books of Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim, Shir Hashirim, and the High Holidays from Rosh Hashana through Simchas Torah. This project works to publish selections from both texts with translation and commentary, under the names "Lessons in Torah Or" and "Lessons in Likutay Torah", as applicable.
The aim of this project is to enable the reader to eventually learn Torah Or and Likutay Torah in the original by familiarizing them with the words, structure, and concepts of the maamarim. It will also give clarity to more experienced students struggling with confusing or difficult passages by explaining the concepts based on other references in Chassidus (especially from other versions of the maamar, or maamarim which were written as explanations of the maamar, like those from the Mittler Rebbe and Tzemach Tzedek).
An additional goal is to provide material to easily study weekly (Shabbos morning or any time). An individual or group can learn a complete passage from the maamar in a sitting and glean lessons in the service of Hashem. Over the course of several weeks an entire maamar will be completed with more than a cursory understanding of the material.