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A fast and exciting tour of the structure, contents and flow of Tanya, the foundational text of the Chabad system of chassidism. Perfect for complete beginners and seasoned scholars alike.

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Practical Spirituality

An Overview of Tanya

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Practical Spirituality: An Overview of Tanya

A fast and exciting tour of the structure, contents and flow of Tanya, the foundational text of the Chabad system of chassidism. Perfect for complete beginners and seasoned scholars alike.
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Tanya, Chassidism, Kislev 19
Rabbi Shais Taub is a renowned speaker and noted scholar on Chassidic philosophy. He is the author of G-d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction. He and his family make their home in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Anonymous April 7, 2016

Where is the map Where can I get a copy of the map? Can you download a pdf off the Internet? Reply

Eliyahu Ontario, Canada February 2, 2015

To Chaya's Question Just my opinion but in a simple way should we not aim for the highest goal ? Even if we can't reach it, we can surely reach half of the promise and not be a rasha?

Sort of like reach for the stars, and you will grasp the top branches of the trees... Reply

Elisha Canada December 11, 2014

LaShana Tova Rabbi Shais Taub While we have studied Torah for the past few years, the depth and breath of your learning is truly from the source, and I thank him regularly, for revealing so clearly your interpretation, the healthiness of mind, or maybe being one with Hashem gives my jewish soul essense and then more to expand on & build. Forever gratitude. Kind of remind me of my dad, there are a few folks whose mind has taught the heart. B'H' for the wholeness of Tanya Study. Reply

Chaya bracha Leiter November 30, 2014

If the best we can be is a Benoni, then why do we take an oath to become a tzaddik? We discussed this question quite a lot and would like to hear what other teachers answer Reply

Pamela Cole Boston MA October 2, 2014

intro to Tanya Thank you for this online teaching and thank you for your book "G-d of Our Understanding". I encountered the Tanya after 30 years in AA. I experience it as the next step in recovery, totally congruent with all that got me to this place. You book helped me understand why I felt that Twelve Step programs are totally compatible with Judaism.

Pamela Reply

solomon naiem-cohen los angeles February 17, 2013

intro to tanya Thank you for your Wonderfull introductory lecture. Shalom. Reply

william savigne January 12, 2013

shalom where can i find a Rebbe to learn tanya Reply

william savigne January 12, 2013

great teaching where can i get authentic Tanya manual? Reply

pedroq quz September 23, 2012

rabbi more you are an inspiration...please submit more.... give all of us more Reply

Mr. pedroq quz September 12, 2012

sounds similar like the buddism belief that one battles against himself.

where buddha was confronted by evil and could not move the buddha to give in..

he defeated temptations by evil but acknowledging he was fighting against himself rather than an external force of evil Reply

Pedro September 12, 2012

wow Rabbi your teaching are so clear...
i am deeply inspired..
thank you so much Reply

Baron Castillo Los Angeles, Ca July 31, 2012

Thank You Rabbi Shais Taub Thank You! Reply

maydoff wayne, NJ July 28, 2012

Mordechai Mordechai,

We are very proud at how righteous you have become. Reply

Ms. stella croning July 3, 2012

To Maria Bricette Maria, I too feel I have a Jewish soul. But I am Noahide. Did you convert?

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Avigayil Chana Boston, MA June 28, 2012

Hi Anna! Hi Anna... I have learned through the Tanya twice, and it took about 10 yrs -- from a rabbi who goes deep. (Some rabbis go quickly and you get more of a survey.) Tanya is wonderful, and I expect you will understand a great deal from your first time. But if you have a choice of rabbis teaching it, ask them how quickly they move through the chapters, and pick whoever goes the slowest. It really is an oral tradition, and is handed down with stories that you will love. Your Rav may never have studied the tanya because it's a chabad thing! Reply

Anna Di Palma Montreal, Canada June 27, 2012

In response to Avigayil Chana hello Avigayil, My Rav teaches Kabbalah (Baal Ha Sulam) - and Rabash (Rabbi Ashlag). Rav Michael Laitman says he never studied Tanya (in response to a query made by a student) you can check it in his wbesite. He teaches Zohar lessons and has a nightly lesson on the web. I wonder why he never studied Tanya? So, this is why I am drawn to chabad.org many thanks for your question. Reply

Avigayil Chana Boston, Massachusetts June 27, 2012

Anna - what do you study? Hi Anna... what have you and your Rav been learning? Very curious!! Reply

Anna Di Palma Montreal, Canada June 26, 2012

Tanya Oh, wow, I have been studying Kabbalah since 2007 in Toronto with a Rav and I never heard about Tanya. Many thanks Rabbi Taub. I am drawn to the audio lessons on Chabad.org. Reply

Micah Dallas, Texas May 12, 2012

Thank you Rabbi Taub for your excellent presentation of Tanya. You are truly a great teacher. Reply

Anonymous Oldsmar, Fl. January 17, 2012

Practical Spirituality Dear Rabbe, first thank you for sharing your thoughts on Tanya. I looked at my animal soul as my enemy. Recently I felt I didnt agree with what I thought was Chabad philiosophy, that it was an enemy to be fought. I kept losing so I decided to use the energy of my animal soul (my ego) as my spiritual souls advocate. Your wrapping up of Tanya reinforced what I have been trying to implement. Thank you, for clarifying this for me. Many blessings to You and Yours. Reply

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