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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.

17:15
Does the universe have intelligence and consciousness; is it not far more complex than the human brain?
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17:55
A more precise translation of the Hebrew word kadosh would be "transparency"
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16:59
The concept of prayer seems paradoxical: asking G-d, who is infinite and all knowing, to grant us our puny needs and desires?
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17:25
Our Sages teach: “tzedakah, charity, is equivalent to all the mitzvot combined”. Why such great emphasis on this individual mitzvah?
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16:39
How to argue intelligently with the voice of temptation – the kabbalistic approach in dealing with the "yetzer hara."
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16:56
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.
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17:08
What's so bad about sin? If I'm not hurting anyone, why does G-d care?
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16:51
The sages teach that the mind, by its very nature, has the ability to master the heart...
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17:02
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.
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16:53
Everyone is looking for more happiness in their lives; but what is the magical formula for attaining true joy in life?
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16:04
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?
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17:13
G-d is not found in what is, but in what is becoming, in what is being done...
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16:32
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.
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16:59
There are three conditions in life: good, evil and the holy.
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17:00
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.
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15:53
Whatever happens is for the good: This belief may get us through hard times and is virtuous, but it has its limits…
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16:58
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.
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16:50
The parents’ behavior and virtue significantly affects the molding of their child from the very earliest of stages and onward.
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16:21
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.
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17:07
When is sadness bad? When is it a necessary and even positive tool for self-betterment?
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17:06
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?
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17:11
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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16:54
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.
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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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