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Teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

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Diachronic perspectives on the leadership and oral teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
A new anthology sheds new light on the historical development of his leadership, the crystallization of his ideology, and the impact of Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin and Rabbi Avraham of Kalisk on the emergence of Chabad.
Which is loftier—spirit or matter? The soul or the body? The teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman, founder of Chabad Chassidism, extol the first over the second, and then the second over the first, offering a unique and life-altering vision of reality.
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi’s Synthesis of Two Never-Intersecting Planes
The fact that you cannot rationally understand something is no reason not to study it.
Between Tanya Ch. 32 and the Lonely Man of Faith
We detect two tendencies of thought on the place of alienation and loneliness in the Jewish analysis of the emotions. To state this contrast is not to formulate an opposition; simply to open another gate...
Chassidim, mitnagdim, and the debate about tzimtzum
How did a scholarly disagreement amongst the Mediterranean kabbalists in the late-1600s morph into the explosive debate between the Chassidim and their Mitnagdic opponents more than half a century later?
How everyone, children included, can apprehend the unknowable essence of G-d
In a single cryptic sentence R. Schneur Zalman of Liaidi pushed the limits of divine knowledge to an unprecedentedly esoteric height and paradoxically declared that the loftiest peak is openly accessible to all.
How to preserve an open mind and a unified core of cohesive meaning
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi articulated a model of divine unity that expands the quintessence of faith into the circle of reason, and fits the square of dissonance into the circle of life.
The real deal on Chabad’s apocalyptic calculations, and why Jews have always predicted elusive ends.
To live messianically is not to abandon the present moment, but to live the present moment so completely that it transcends its own limitations.
How Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi discovered a new way to serve G-d
A teaching about the dream of Joseph, invoking the Kabbalistic narrative of the shattered vessels, and using gender to recast the tzaddik's role in the universal hierarchy of the cosmos—with which R. Schneur Zalman’s chassidic path began.
A Dwelling Place for G-d in the Lower Realms
How to Truly Love Your Fellow as Yourself
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi's "Tanya" is the "bible of Chassidism" -- the fundamental work upon which dozens of books and thousands of maamarim (discourses) by seven generations of Chabad Rebbes are based. The "heart" of Tanya is its 32nd chapter which discusses the mitzvah of Ahavat Yisrael, love of a fellow Jew.
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This is what man is all about; this is the purpose of his creation and of the creation of all the worlds, sublime and lowly -- to make for G-d a dwelling in the physical world ... A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness ...
Chassidim, mitnagdim, and the debate about tzimtzum
How did a scholarly disagreement amongst the Mediterranean kabbalists in the late-1600s morph into the explosive debate between the Chassidim and their Mitnagdic opponents more than half a century later?
The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad.