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The Tanya Interviews

Discussions with Experts on Tanya

Host, Michael Chighel, talks to some of the world's greatest experts about the masterpiece of Hasidic thought, the book of Tanya.

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Soul of the Universe
Does the universe have intelligence and consciousness; is it not far more complex than the human brain?
What Is 'Holiness'?
Audio | 15:51
What Is 'Holiness'?
A more precise translation of the Hebrew word kadosh would be "transparency"
The Kabbalah of Prayer
The concept of prayer seems paradoxical: asking G-d, who is infinite and all knowing, to grant us our puny needs and desires?
Psychology or Morality?
A New Definition of Human Nature
Ultimately, psychology doesn't provide the answers. It's a method of dealing with malfunctions or dysfunctions, not a system for healthy living.
The Kabbalah of Charity
Our Sages teach: “tzedakah, charity, is equivalent to all the mitzvot combined”. Why such great emphasis on this individual mitzvah?
The Kabalah of Sin
Audio | 16:16
The Kabalah of Sin
What's so bad about sin? If I'm not hurting anyone, why does G-d care?
Master Mind
Audio | 15:08
Master Mind
The sages teach that the mind, by its very nature, has the ability to master the heart...
Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge
Chabad is an acronym for chochmah, binah and daat, which are commonly translated as wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Learn the mystical meaning of these three intellectual soul powers.
Kabbalah of Happiness
Everyone is looking for more happiness in their lives; but what is the magical formula for attaining true joy in life?
Kabbalah of Love
We are commanded to love every Jew at all times. But is this really doable? And what exactly is this love that is demanded of us?
Kabbalah of Imperfection
G-d is not found in what is, but in what is becoming, in what is being done...
The Kabbalah of Self-Knowledge
If you truly understood what you are and where you stand, how would you feel about yourself? Would you be elated? Utterly inadequate? Both at once? A mystical guide to self-knowledge as the ultimate antidote to depression.
What Makes a 'Good' Person?
There are three conditions in life: good, evil and the holy.
A Relationship With G‑d
For man and G-d to be in relationship with each other there must be some common denominator that bridges the gap between the finite and the infinite.
Whatever happens is for the good: This belief may get us through hard times and is virtuous, but it has its limits…
Judaism of the Non-Religious Jew
For the mitzvah which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off… Rather, the thing is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.
The Kabbalah of Parenthood
The parents’ behavior and virtue significantly affects the molding of their child from the very earliest of stages and onward.
Are You Supposed to
What makes a person "good"? Do you have to want to do good to be good?
We engage our physical world and nurture it, to find the common grain of truth, to expose and reveal the G-dly aspect latent in all of creation.
Kabbalah of Sadness
When is sadness bad? When is it a necessary and even positive tool for self-betterment?
Judging Others
When seeing a wrong, do we have a moral responsibility to get involved and object or is it solely between that individual and G-d.
Truth in a Book?
Life is dynamic, equivocal and constantly changing. A book is static. Can a book serve as a guide to life generations and centuries after it was written?
Loving Your Fellow as Yourself
The Talmud teaches that the mitzvah of loving your fellow Jew is the entirety of Torah. How could this mitzvah that’s between man and man encompass all of Torah that’s between man and G‑d?
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