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Written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), the founder of Chabad, Tanya is the central text of Chabad Chassidism. Its stated aim is to show a path to realizing one's purpose and developing a deeper relationship with G-d.

Lessons in Tanya

Lessons in Tanya


Lessons in Tanya Click Here for Vol. I - Likkutei AmarimClick Here for Vol. II - Shaar Hayichud VehaemunaClick Here for Vol. III - Igeret HaTeshuvahClick Here for Vol. IV - Igeret HakodeshClick Here for Vol. V - Kuntres Acharon
Click Here for Vol. I - Likkutei AmarimClick Here for Vol. II - Shaar Hayichud VehaemunaClick Here for Vol. III - Igeret HaTeshuvahClick Here for Vol. IV - Igeret HakodeshClick Here for Vol. V - Kuntres Acharon

Lessons in Tanya is a well-lit and accessible gateway to the Tanya - the fundamental, classic work upon which all concepts of Chabad Chasidism are based. The Tanya is indispensable to an understanding of the Chasidic movement and the philosophy behind it. More importantly, it offers guidance for every facet of the day-to-day life of a Jew in his or her service to G‑d.

Lessons In Tanya takes the acute ideas and concepts of the Tanya and makes them readily accessible to the eager student, as it leads the reader through every paragraph and page, illuminating the mystical, often allusive, Talmudic, Kabbalistic, and Scriptural verses and concepts. It fills many gaps in what the terse Tanya text assumes to be the reader's background knowledge.

Each of the lectures was examined and amended by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, so that much of the material includes the Rebbe's insights and explanatory comments.

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D. G. A. M. A. San Antonio, Texas September 25, 2017

Finally found a much needed source to help me with my Kabbalah studies...the Tanya!

Thank you Reply

Emil Martin India August 19, 2016

This gave a new perspective to my life. Reply

Sergey Ashdod, Israel February 11, 2014

A life changing book This is a "must to read" book for every Jew. I do believe that our modern society has failed - spiritually, morally, intelectually, emotionally - and that's why we see all those mental disorders and emptiness and the loss of values and hatred and lonliness. Progress was too quick and too extreme for people to adapt. At least some tradition and faith and humility are required to regain our long lost sanity, humanity and compassion. Reply

Rick Chicago, IL USA November 22, 2012

Life Changing I have been studying Tanya on-line for several years now. It has been life-changing, and helps me cope with stress and challenges. It keeps me grounded in a praxis of loving-kindness. Reply

Kolyah ben Avraham Pasadena, CA October 6, 2011

But Ephraim... B"H
If it is destructive, it would be because the things it would destroy are probably unsound to begin with. The push and the pull. The testing, and the refinement of metals, etc. The best gold is smelted many times, and then put through the acid test again, and again. The finest diamonds and those which have been under the highest pressure of the earth. a destroying malak does so because that's his job. Holiness is the goal. Anything that appraoched Mt. Sinai was destroyed; people not authorized, sheep, problemo. Reply

Antonio Adriano Blanc Nascimento Jaú, SP June 3, 2011

orgulho judeu espiritualmente Estou muito orgulhoso por ser judeu mesmo que espiritualmente,convertido.Estou sempre lendo as lições de Tanya.Obrigado aguardo notícias. SHALOM ! Reply

Tobie Mordem Sussex, England March 12, 2009

An amazing book, so easy to read, and it describes difficult concepts in simple terms. Reply

Scott Korbin Cary, NC October 11, 2007

A chabad Rabbi can teach you, but the changes are yours to make. Reply

Tuviah Garfinkle Toronto, canada October 8, 2007

What Chabad did for me I contacted Downtown Chabad of Toronto. Today I am such a proud Jew who is close to G-D. I not only understand the holidays, I lived them. Downtown Chabad has enriched my life and made better person and I can only Thank G-D for Chabad. Reply

Malka Astorquiza Glenview, IL July 2, 2007

I LOVE CHABAD =) MAZEL TOV ON ALL YOUR EFFORTS! Hi, I want to thank Chabad for having such a beatiful and interesting information available in the internet. I firmly believe your efforts to improve the world and to strenghten human's consciousness is and will continue blooming =) THANK YOU AND LOVE YA! =) Reply

kathy rea June 10, 2007

Thank you for all of the things posted on this site. I read it almost daily. I am not Jewish, but the wisdom I receive is so helpful. Reply

Anonymous Skokie, IL via February 8, 2007

Tanya Tanya is the first word of the first chapter. Although it’s official name is Likutei Amorim, it is lovingly called by its first word. Calling it Tanya is a form of endearment. Analogous to calling the Lubavitch Chabad world headquarters by its address, 770. Reply

Tanisi Piper On/Canada January 4, 2007

Tanya All my life I have tried to find the meaning of my first name, but to no avail. Now I find out that I actually have something that I am named after. I would like to read this, as I am now intrigued.

Thank you. Reply

Anonymous Pueblo, Co November 10, 2006

Tanya I have been studying the Tanya for about 2 1/2 years now.

The concepts I like best are those that help me overcome my evil inclination.

It also does a great job explaining tzimzum and other concepts. Reply

Ephraim October 20, 2006

Why was Tanya chosen as the name of the text?

Ever wounder why many of the leading Rabbis and Talmedia Chachamim today are at best not actively leading our desire for immediate redemption? And at worst are working against it?

We are tought that there is a very powerful and destructive angel who attacks learned Jewish scholars, creating in them a complete disinterest in the Geula!

This destructive angel is called "Tanya".

The Ba'al HaTanya named his entire text "Tanya" in order to help counter the effects of this destructive angel. Reply

Jenny Fla June 18, 2017
in response to Ephraim:

Thank you!
I was wondering about the name.
That explains stuff! Reply

Anonymous Denver , Co September 10, 2006

Lessons In Tanya has changed my life. I grew up in a very small lubavitch community in Colorado where there was NO Chassidus. Tanya has really opened my eyes. I am starting a Tanya class every shabbos, with G-d's help, to teach other people the wealth of holiness and spirituality. Reply

Anonymous August 2, 2006

Our small Jewish Community in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, "SHALOM SMA", is learning Kabbalah, starting with the Tanya of R. Zalman.
We include in our community any Jew who wishes to learn with us, as well as some Gentiles who join with us. Our religious services follow inclusive Conservative Minhag, we celebrate all the holy days; we are blessed with Jewish scholars. Please accept our gratitude for your organizations' worldwide work. Reply

Anonymous April 2, 2006

The Tanya Why was Tanya chosen as the name of the text? Reply

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