Chassidic Texts

The soul of Judaism

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

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.
Selections From Torah Or and Likkutei Torah: Festivals
Classic Chassidic Discourses by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Selected discourses from the founder of the Chabad Chasidic philosophy's great works: Torah Ohr and Likkutei Torah. This edition focuses on Rabbi Schneur Zalman`s insights on the festivals. It has been the custom for Chasidim to study the discourses in Torah Ohr and Likkutei Torah, affectionately known as the "Chasidic Parsha," weekly and at festival time.
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.
Selections from Derech Mitzvosecha - Volume 1
A Mystical Perspective on the Commandments
Derech Mitzvotecha dives into reasons behind mitzvot such as tzitzit, tefillin, prayer, belief in G-d, loving a fellow Jew, starting a family and many others. Five generations later, the author's grandson and successor, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, has often advised those seeking to begin study of Chasidic philosophy to study this fundamental work.
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
Sefer HaSichos 5700
Talks delivered in 5700 (1939-1940) by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe
Sefer HaSichos 5701
Talks delivered in 5701 (1940-1941) by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe
Sefer HaSichos 5702
Talks delivered in 5702 (1941-1942) by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe
Sefer HaSichos 5705
Talks delivered in 5705 (1944-1945) by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe
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.
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