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Chassidic Philosophy

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Practical Spirituality
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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.
An Oasis of Calm
19 Kislev
An inspiring talk on Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s unique contribution to Jewish spirituality.
What Does G-d Think About Me?
19 Kislev
On the 19th of Kislev we celebrate the “New Year” of Chassidut, join us as we explore some of the revolutionary ideas illuminated in Chassidut by the first Chabad Rebbe, known as the Alter Rebbe.
Rebuilding A Shattered World
Breathing new life into a shattered people; the three components that set the Rebbe’s leadership apart, in the aftermath of the holocaust.
Rebbe and Chassid
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Rebbe and Chassid
An open and informative class on the relationship between Rebbe and Chassid.
Getting to Know His Will
Chassidic philosophy enhances our understanding of G-d, the creation and our relationship with Him.
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.
Overview of the Maamar Basi L’Gani 5710
Rabbi Dubov presents a recap of the historic Chassidic discourse by the 6th Chabad Rebbe, which he gave out to learn for the 10th of Shevat—the day of his own yahrtzeit.
The Elements Of Humility
Its a mitzvah to imitate our creator. We also try to imitate a Rebbe, teacher or mentor. A chasid tries to acquire at least some measure of his Rebbe's personality and character. This class tries to give us an observation of one measure of the Rebbe's qualities which we may try to emulate.
Liberation of the Previous Rebbe
12th & 13th of Tammuz
The 12th and 13th of Tammuz marks the anniversary of the liberation of the previous Rebbe from Soviet imprisonment. Presented are stories detailing some of these events.
Living the Rebbe's Legacy
The Rebbe said a chassidic discourse and personally gave it out to thousands of people shortly before he passed away. In it, he explains the role of the ‘shepherds of the people’; the Jewish leaders. It sets the tone for the future and tells us what we need to do to reveal G-dliness in this world.
Training Wheels
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Training Wheels
Rabbi Kaplan explains what happens when the soul leaves the body and the concept of a Yahrtzeit. How is it that Chabad copes after the 3rd of Tamuz -- the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory. What is the significance of the passing of a tzaddik.
Shaar Hayichud Vehaemuna - Part I
Part I
The Gate of Unity and Faith. About the Divine permation and of every existence.
Shaar Hayichud Vehaemuna - Part II
Part II
The Gate of Unity and Faith. About the Divine permation and of every existence.
Hashgacha Pratis – Divine Providence
This class takes an in-depth look at the central teaching of the Baal Shem Tov regarding divine providence.
Simcha – Joy
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Simcha – Joy
This class outlines the great importance and centrality of joy and happiness in our service of G-d.
Reward for a Mitzvah?
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Reward for a Mitzvah?
This class provides an in-depth analysis of the optimum and ideal approach to performing mitzvot; beyond personal reward.
Free Choice
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Free Choice
A comprehensive analysis of the complex issue of free choice; the need for free choice and its reconciliation with divine providence and G-d’s all encompassing knowledge.
Suffering in the Eyes of Chassidus
This class gives us the Chassidic perspective on the purpose of human suffering and the ideal way to react to it.
Understanding the Role of a Rebbe
This class illuminates the integral role of a Rebbe and his relationship to the people.
The Apple of His Eye
Love, fear, and compassion for G-d can and should be directed towards the part of G-d within us, the soul which is a literal piece of G-d from above. This is how we should relate to our fellow Jews.
So What’s Sacred?
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So What’s Sacred?
What is sanctity, where do we find it, how do we create it and what does it do for us?
The Top of the Morning
Chassidus stresses the permanent, eternal G-dliness of the Jewish soul: A piece of G-d from above, separated momentarily, only to come together again more deeply than before. That’s the beginning of Jewish life; it is the "modeh ani" of the morning.
You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do
Sometimes we do things out of inspiration, something moves us – love, hate or compassion – to act on these feelings. Other times we do what must be done objectively; this behavior comes out of humility.
The Power of Speech
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The Power of Speech
This class emphasizes the special quality of speech which is the ultimate expression of the soul as explained in Chassidic thought.
Good Character Traits
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Good Character Traits
Chassidus empower's us to change the nature of our middos – character traits.
Chassidus and Mussar
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Chassidus and Mussar
This class describes the differences in approach between the Chassidic and Mussar movements.
The Power to reach into the Supernatural
This class presents a comprehensive analysis of the natural and the miraculous; a tzaddik’s special power to reach into the supernatural to alter nature.
Kabbalah and Chassidut (1)
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Kabbalah and Chassidut (1)
This class defines what the teachings of Kabbalah really are and introduces some extraordinary lofty insights on the Kabbalah and its development.
Kabbalah and Chassidut (2)
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Kabbalah and Chassidut (2)
This class explains many Kabbalistic concepts about the spiritual secrets of creation that are elucidated in the teachings of Chassidut.
Jewish Dress
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Jewish Dress
This class discusses the kabbalistic and spiritual meaning of garments which are the source to physical clothing; this sheds light on the Torah laws relating to dress.
What’s in a Name?
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What’s in a Name?
An in-depth look at the spiritual significance of Hebrew names; the channel of life-force contained in every being.
The Power of Nigunim
The nigun, chassidic song, is a central component in the service of G-d; often wordless melodies intended to stir and express the soul.
Why Tell Stories of Tzadikim
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Why Tell Stories of Tzadikim?
The great importance in telling stories of miracles performed by tzaddikim.
The Mystical Dimension of Numbers (1)
Part 1
This class delves into the deep esoteric teachings of Kabbalah on the mystical dimension of the numbers 1 through 5.
The Mystical Dimension of Numbers (2)
Part 2
This class delves into the deep esoteric teachings of Kabbalah on the mystical dimension of the numbers 6 through 10.
The Name of Hashem: Ekyeh
This class delves into the deep spiritual meaning to the obscure name of G-d: Ekyeh.
Hashem’s Name Tzvakos
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Hashem’s Name Tzvakos
A detailed analysis of the spiritual status of G-d’s name Tzvakos and its inner meaning.
Psalm 50
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Psalm 50
A Tribute to Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin
Three kinds of revelation of G-dliness expressed in three names of G-d mentioned in Psalm 50.
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.
Yud Shevat Farbrengen with Rabbi Shais Taub
Anash around the world are invited to join a farbrengen broadcast live from London, UK at Beis Lubavitch with guest speaker Rabbi Shais Taub.
Chassidism and the Month of Kislev
The month of Kislev is replete with chassidic milestones, beginning with the Maggid of Mezeritch (successor to the Baal Shem Tov) and the Alter Rebbe (founder of Chabad), and concluding with our Rebbe. This class will address this phenomenon and its powerful, timely message.
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.
Holy Folly
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Holy Folly
From the Chassidic Discourse “Basi LeGani”
Based on the fifth chapter of the maamar Basi Legani, the Chassidic discourse of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe for the 10th of Shevat.
Reflections on Jewish Meditation
The art of quiet ‘hitbonenut’
The Ethics of Joy
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The Ethics of Joy
Chabad Perspectives on Happiness
Chassidism is often associated with joy, but what is the nature of this joy? A review of Chabad texts on the subject reveals that chassidic joy is best described in terms of its ethical properties and its moral implications.
Quantum Torah in the Rebbe’s Teachings
The Rebbe probes the unifying theme in all areas and levels of Torah study, from the legal to the mystical, the heavenly to the earthly, demonstrating the common thread running through different dimensions of Torah wisdom. This class studies a talk of the Rebbe on Shavuot in 1956.
At Home, At Last.
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At Home, At Last.
Based on the last discourse of the Previous Rebbe and our Rebbe’s complimentary discourses from the year 5718 (1958), this class explores the mystical significance of the Hebrew letter Hey and its powerful message for creating the ultimate home.
The Return of the Lost Ten Tribes
Moshiach has to be a scion of the House of David of the ‘Kingdom of Judah’. But why can he not be a descendent of the ‘Kingdom of Joseph’? Indeed even Judah bowed to Joseph acknowledging his authority? In this class a profound debate in the Talmud is evoked that provides the key to the answer and, more significantly, reveals the unique contribution that our generation must give in bringing about the final redemption. (Based on the Maamar V’Avdi Dovid, Achron shel Pesach 5746)
One Crazy Big Lie
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One Crazy Big Lie
In exploring the timeless spiritual dimensions of the Sanctuary, the Mishkan, this class reveals how craziness and lies are essential components of a meaningful life. (Based on the maamar Basi L’Gani 5719)
How Is Our Neshamah (Soul) Relevant?
Rabbi Paltiel shares profound inspiration from Chassidic teachings for making spirituality practical in our lives.
The Uniquely Chassidic Perspective
Discover the special innovation of Chassidus, beyond mysticism, in a variety of areas of Jewish theology, philosophy and practice. Rabbi Paltiel illustrates many of these fresh perspectives through story and anecdote.
The Ultimate Mission Statement
The Rebbe’s Inaugural Address
An overview of the very first Maamar (Chassidic discourse) that the Rebbe delivered on the 10th of Shevat 5711 (January 17, 1951), signaling his formal acceptance of the mantle of leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch. This historic discourse defines and directs the mission and destiny of our generation.
In the Image of G-D, Part 2
Chassidic insights on the 10th and 11th of Shevat
A powerful excerpt of the Rebbe’s ‘Yud Shevat’ maamar (a mystical discourse) from the year 1957 (titled Basi LeGani 5717) expounding on the idea of restoring the letter ‘hei’ in G-d’s name and illuminating the depth behind speech and communication. The class begins with truly profound insights into the wondrous significance of the 11th day of Shevat, which is specifically associated with our generation.
The Whole Point
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The Whole Point
In My Garden of Delight, Part 2
This class will explore the significance of a single point, and how that makes all the difference in the world.
The Mystical Thought of the Rebbe Rashab
Is there a single, overarching theme to "Hemsech Ayin Beis" or can it perhaps better be understood as the culmination of various ideas advanced by its author throughout the years of his leadership?
The Mystical Thought of RaShaB in its Educational Context
A Chassidic Education
Viewing the Rebbe RaShaB's mystical teachings as an educational initiative for producing students who would go on to defy Communist oppression and challenge American Jewish apathy.
Nature as a Synthesis of the Infinite and the Finite
The Natural and the Miraculous
Which is greater, the natural or the miraculous? Rabbi Freeman charts the development of a kabbalistic doctrine from the Ari, to the RaSHaB to the Rebbe.
The Apotheosis of Physicality in the Thought of the RaShaB
Can earth be holier than heaven?
Reconciling the pursuit of spiritual ecstasy with the idea of creating a “dwelling place for the divine in the lower realms of creation.”