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Works that probe the essence of life and reveal the soul of Judaism, from classic Chassidic discourses to essays, anthologies and aphorisms

Chassidic Texts

Chassidic Texts

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The Tanya
The Classic Primary Text of Chassidic Thought
Written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of Chabad. The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life. It has revolutionized the way we think about G‑d, the human soul, the world and our place in it.
Hayom Yom
Hayom Yom: From Day To Day …"its every day is indeed a day." A treasure of aphorisms and customs for every day of the year.
Tzava'at Harivash
The Testament of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
One of the earliest Chassidic texts, Tzava'at Harivash, is actually a manual of Chassidic directives, insights and guidance for deveikut, communion with G-d, culled from the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and his successor, Rabbi Dovber of Mezritch.
18 Joyous Teachings
Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov entered a chilled, dreary world and set it afire. He taught that even the simplest soul can bond to the Infinite Creator with love and joy . . .
Flames
A Chanukah Discourse by Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch
"Flames" focuses on the multiple images of the lamp; the oil, the wick and the different hues of the flame, in order to express profound guidance in the divine service of every individual: Just as the oil fuses flame and wick, so does the performance of practical mitzvot keep the radiance of the soul kindled upon the body.
Maamar VeYadaata
To Know G-d
One of the classics in Chasidic literature, "Veyadaata" is renowned for its simple yet profound explanation of the oneness of G-d, while at the same time focusing on the challenges of day-to-day living, exploring ways in which one can receive the inner G-dly light that is invested in the physical world.
Maamar Heichaltzu
On Ahavas Yisrael
Although "Love your fellow as yourself" is, as Rabbi Akiva taught, the great underlying principle of the Torah, actually achieving this love is a profound challenge for most people. Human personality is instead, often given to baseless hatred. This discourse deals with the spiritual roots of such hatred, its practical consequences, and the remedies for it.
The Tree of Life - Kuntres Eitz HaChayim
A classic chassidic treatise on the mystic core of spiritual vitality.
Shortly after founding Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim, Rabbi Shalom DovBer delivered this discourse to help his students, past and present, nourish the spiritual fire within. From the mysteries of the first days in Eden, the Rebbe extrapolates a set of standards for a student's learning goals and schedule, personal conduct, prayer, and appearance.
The Ethical Will
A Chassidic discourse -- Chanoch Lanaar
This remarkable document is, in great measure, a treatise on education and child-rearing.
Isa B'Midrash Tehillim
The official maamar (discourse) recited first by the fifth Chabad Rebbe and since then by all Chabad boys on the occasion of their Bar Mitzvah, translated and annotated in an accessible format, with additional chapters on customs relating to a Bar Mitzvah
Chassidic Discourses
A Collection of discourses by the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe. Written during the turbulent years of 1941-1945, many of the discourses focus on self sacrifice, repentance, and strengthening Judaism, often speaking of the lessons to be learned from the earth-shattering events of the time and their connection to the coming of Moshiach
Reishit Goyim Amalek
An End To Evil
The first discourse delivered by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe after succeeding to the mantle of leadership in 1920. It was first heard in the midst of the bitter civil war that shook the cities of Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 Revolution and the First World War.
On the Study of Chasidus
A Trilogy of Chasidic Essays
A trilogy of Chasidic essays by Rabbi Yosef Y. Shneersohn of Lubavitch including: Some Aspects of Chabad Chasidism, On The Teachings of Chasidus and On Learning Chasidus.
The Principles of Education and Guidance
Originally written as an educational guide for two venerable mashpi'im (spiritual mentors) in the original yeshivah in Lubavitch, this treatise by the sixth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch has since serve as a classic definition and elucidation of what "education" truly is
To Love a Fellow Jew
The Mitzvah of Ahavas Yisrael in Chassidic Thought
An adapted version of Kuntres Ahavas Yisrael, a collection of sayings and teachings about ahavas Yisrael first published in booklet form by Kehot Publications on the 15th of Elul 5736. Incorporated in this volume are related aphorisms, and the section on ahavas Yisrael printed in the encyclopedia of Chassidus, Sefer HaErchim Chabad.
Mastery Over Self
A Three-Phase Process of Spiritual Growth: The maamarim entitled Ki Imcha HaSelichah and Ani Ledodi, 5709 by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch
The two Ma'amarim, Ki Imcha Ha'Slicha and Ani Le'Dodi of the year 5709 put forth a three-phase process of spiritual growth, based on the tenets of Chassidic thought and practice.
Defiance and Devotion
Selected Chassidic Discourses Dating from the Arrest and Liberation of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn נ"ע in 1927
Lechah Dodi
Includes Customs Related To a Chabad Wedding
Two classic discourses, traditionally recited at weddings. The first of which was delivered by the previous Rebbe at the marriage of his second daughter to the Rebbe in 1928. The second, on the same verse and topic, was delivered by the Rebbe in 1954. Also included is an anthology of wedding customs listed in Sefer HaMinhagim.
Basi L'Gani
Defining our Purpose on Earth
An English translation of the last Chassidic discourse written by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Shneersohn, Yud Shvat 1950, and the first Chassidic discourse delivered by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, Yud Shvat 1951.
Likutei Sichot
An Anthology of talks by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
Likkutei Sichos (literally, "Collected Talks") contains both the scope and the core of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s teachings, and is the most authoritative source text for the Rebbe's unique, original, and often revolutionary explanation of Judaism.
Led By G-d's Hand
The Baal Shem Tov's conception of Hashgacha Pratis
Nothing happens by chance; even a leaf blowing in the wind does so because G-d wills it to. This book presents several analytical treatises by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, on the Baal Shem Tov's conception of Hashgacha Pratis, Divine Providence.
Whispers Between Worlds
A guide to praying at the gravesite of a Tzaddik - Kuntres HaHishtatchus
Includes the classic Maamar explaining the significance of visiting the grave of a Tzaddik.
Anticipating the Redemption - Volume 1
Maamarim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, Concerning the Era of Redemption
Awakening the desire for the Redemption can only be accomplished through learning about it. The Rebbe details different aspects of the Redemption, the role of Moshiach, and how we can prepare ourselves for this new era.
Anticipating the Redemption - Volume 2
Maamarim of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, Concerning the Era of Redemption
Awakening the desire for the Redemption can only be accomplished through learning about it. The Rebbe details different aspects of the Redemption, the role of Moshiach, and how we can prepare ourselves for this new era.
Seek Out the Welfare of Jerusalem
Analytical studies by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson on the Rambam's rulings concerning the construction and the design of the Beis HaMikdosh
Crown Jewels
Conceptual Frontiers of Chassidic Thought
Selected from the Rebbe`s voluminous Likkutei Sichot, these "Crown Jewels" expound the most profound of Chassidic concepts, presented according to the Torah portions in which they originally appeared.
Timeless Patterns in Time
The Jewish year, with its holidays and fast days, is a cycle of recurring spiritual influences, with each year bringing a new dimension to the cycle. These essays highlight the spiritual message of the holidays, showing the connection between the historical significance of these days and their eternal relevance to Jewish life.
In Good Hands
100 Letters and Talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson on Bitachon: Trusting in G d
Sichos in English
Translated excerpts of talks delivered by The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, at his periodic public addresses.
Isa B'Midrash Tehillim
The official maamar (discourse) recited first by the fifth Chabad Rebbe and since then by all Chabad boys on the occasion of their Bar Mitzvah, translated and annotated in an accessible format, with additional chapters on customs relating to a Bar Mitzvah
A Judgment of Truth and Mercy
Baad Kodesh — by The Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi Dovber
When Every Moment is Precious
An in-depth Maamar of Chabad Thought: Lo Sih'yeh Meshakeilah, Shabbos Parshas Mishpatim, 5712
I Will Choose the King
BeYom Ashtei-Asar Yom, 5731 — Delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson 11 Nissan, 5731 (1971)
Along a Winding Path
Vaydaber Elokim el Moshe, 5712 (1952) — A Discourse and Talks on Teshuvah by The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
Simchah: Breaking Through Barriers
Margela bePumei deRava, 5746 (1986) — a maamar by The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
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