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Audio About R. Schneur Zalman

Melody of Four Stanzas
Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s Niggun
Prisoner of Peace
A deeper look at the day commemorating the deliverance and release of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the first Chabad Rebbe, from Czarist incarceration. The weekly parshah for this date talks of Joseph sold as a slave to Egypt; a striking similarity between these two great Jewish leaders.
Chai Elul: The Life of Elul
The 18th of Elul commemorates the birth of the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Shneur Zalman, both pioneers in revealing the secrets of the Kabbalah, which brought a new life and energy to Judaism.
Tzamah Lechah Nafshi
This Chabad classic expresses the profound cry of the soul in exile striving to unite with the Infinite. It ends with the wish that this intense yearning not be lost even when G-d's goodness and glory will be revealed to all.
Avinu Malkeinu
Audio | 1:58
Avinu Malkeinu
This soulful melody is divided into three parts. The first, wordless, elevates the singers to a deeply spiritual mood. The second expresses yearning for the Divine, while the third is a declaration of faith in the help of our Father and King.
Kol Dodi
Audio | 2:49
Kol Dodi
The deeply moving tones of this melody give expression to the significance of this verse, "I sleep, but my heart is awake"
Bnei Heichalah
Audio | 4:11
Bnei Heichalah
24 Teves 5749 - Sicha
Audio | 28:11
24 Teves 5749
24 Teves 5752 - Sicha
Audio | 9:00
24 Teves 5752
Who Came Up With Tikkun Olam?
Don’t surrender. Don’t escape. Fix the world.
From the soon-to-be-released book “Wisdom to Fix the Earth”
Mission Statement and Overview
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 1
A brief historical overview of the author and the background of Tanya, the purpose and structure of this unique book.
How is Chassidus Chabad Different?
The Alter Rebbe’s Unique Approach
What is the special contribution of the Chabad approach of chassidus, and what are we meant to accomplish with it?
A Chassidic Gathering in Honor of the First Chabad Rebbe
The 24th of Tevet marks the passing of the Alter Rebbe
Join a farbrengen in Thornhill, Ontario on the anniversary of passing of the Alter Rebbe, the founder of Chabad. Rabbi Mendel Kaplan will lead a discussion on how the Tanya authored by the Alter Rebbe, serves as a practical roadmap for a fulfilling life today, and enables us to attain joy, inner tranquility and experience satisfaction in serving G-d.
The Physical World According to the Alter Rebbe
A conversation about the nature of existence
On the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Alter Rebbe, founder of the Chabad school of mysticism, two scholars sit down to discuss the significance of one of his teachings—the meaning and value of the physical universe.
Spirituality for Materialists
Why you need a body to be spiritual
Great spiritual treasures lie hidden in the most material aspects of our world—a unique chassidic perspective on physicality.
A Chassidic Tract for Non-Jews
A chink in the wall of the Ghetto
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's curious choice to print an obscure manuscript in the dark days following the Second World War.
Rationality in the Mystical Theology of Chabad
Logic and demythologization in the teachings of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi cohesively incorporates rational elements into his mystical ontological system. Examples include the demythologization of philosophically obscurities and adherence to certain logical principles, some of which were transcended by successive Chabad rebbes.
Bonding With G-d Via Torah
Chassidic and Mitnagdic Perspectives on Torah as a Path to G-d
The legal aspect of the Torah has been described by Kabbalists as concealing a deeper, more mystical dimension. But Mitnagdic and Chassidic thinkers both argued—in similar but different ways—that study of legal topics “for its own sake” could itself embody a mystic purpose. But what is the nature of that purpose?
Living From Within, Hearing With Your Soul
On Why One Must Celebrate 19 Kislev
Hasidism is not simply a doctrine or a theory; it’s an experience to be felt, to be lived from within.
Did Chabad's Founder Envision an American Future?
A historical reflection on the significance of “America” in Chabad thought, marking the 80th anniversary of the Rebbe’s arrival on US soil in 5701/1941
Can We Add Our Own Jewish Holidays? lists some newer “holidays.” How can we add holidays?
15 Historical Facts About Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch
Join us as we discover the life and times of a Jewish leader and Torah scholar.
Prisoners of Light
Audio | 45:26
Prisoners of Light
The Biblical story of Joseph’s descent into Egypt and subsequent incarceration is often read in the same week in which we celebrate the liberation from Czarist imprisonment of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, founder of Chabad. This class will explore the link between these events and offers insight into the nature of redemption. (Likutei Sichos volume 25, Parshas Vayeishev)
Moses, Maimonides and the Alter Rebbe
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Shemot
When G-d shows Moses a sign by having him turn a staff into a snake, G-d asks Moses, (Exodus 4:2) "What is this in your hand?" But the two words, "mah zeh" ("what is this") are spelled in the Torah as one word, "mizeh" ("from this.") How does the term "mizeh" hint to the Alter Rebbe and Maimonides whose yahrzeits are this week?
Reflections on
The liberation of the Alter Rebbe from czarist imprisonment
The Ushpizin, Day Three of Sukkot
Leading the delegation of ushpizin on the third day of Sukkot is Yaakov our patriarch. Understanding the special qualities of 3rd day, and the connection to the chassidic ushpiz, the Alter Rebbe.
How the Simple Villager Changed His Ways
Although the villager was a simple Jew, he hoped that his children would one day surpass his meager knowledge of Torah.
The Dry Sukkah and the Holy Bagel Seller
With no destination to guide him, he slowly traversed sprawling forests and small towns, hoping to finally encounter what his rebbe had in mind.
The Ship Builder's Carriage
It was an unusual job for a religious Jew, and his success aroused jealousy, even among his own artisans.
The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad.