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A Journey Through Tanya

A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth

This lecture-series presents an overview of the primary ideas in the foundational book of Chassidism. The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life. Tanya has revolutionized the way we think about G-d, the human condition, the world and our place in it, and it serves as a practical guide to realize your spiritual potential.

Tanya
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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.
The Mechanics of the Soul
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 2
What is the true nature of the human condition, and what is the inner makeup of the Jew? How are we to understand the reality of a soul, and what is the unique persona, faculties and expressions of the soul? (covering chapters 1-4)
Distinguishing Good from Bad
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 3
In this lesson we continue to clarify the difference between the faculties and garments of the soul. Then, we discuss the essential definition of good and bad in Tanya, and the classifications of holiness and “kelipah” that exist in the world. (covering chapters 6-8)
The Tzaddik and the Rasha
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 4
We are introduced to a novel definition of the levels of tzaddik and rasha in Tanya, which is worlds apart and far more complex than simply describing someone as either righteous or wicked. (covering chapters 9-11)
The Hero of the Tanya
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The Hero of the Tanya
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 5
Now we reach a central point in Tanya, where we address in practical terms how to attain full control of our behavior. Can the Beinuni only master the external, or can he change internally too? (covering chapters 12-17)
Joy and Depression
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Joy and Depression
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 6
In this lesson we search for an easier strategy to achieve inner change. Then we examine how to avoid depression, guilt and shame, and remain joyful in serving G-d. (covering chapters 18-34)
Searching for Purpose
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Searching for Purpose
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 7
Now, we need to understand the big question behind it all. What is my purpose in life, and why did G-d create the world. (covering chapters 35-37)
Action and Intent
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Action and Intent
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 8
This lesson contrasts the unique contributions of action and intent in the Jew’s service of G-d, and explores why is it so critical to develop inner emotions like awe and respect for G-d. (covering chapters 38-41)
For the Love of G-d
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For the Love of G-d
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 9
Next the Tanya presents various meditations to produce different types of love to G-d. From the reflective reciprocal love to the ‘golden’ submissive love. Finally, we highlight the ultimate purpose in expressing G-d’s presence in this low world. (covering chapters 46 -53)
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