Tanya: Chapter 02 – Part 1 – video

ונפש השנית בישראל היא חלק אלו-ה ממעל ממש The second, uniquely Jewish, soul is truly “a part of G‑d above,” “A part of G‑d above” is a quotation from Scripture (Iyov 31:2). The Alter Rebbe adds the word “truly” to stress the literal meaning of these words. For, as is known,1 some verses employ hyperbolic […]

Tanya: Chapter 02 – Part 2 – video

ודבר זה אין ביכולת האדם להבינו על בוריו כו׳ Maimonides continues: “And this is not within the power of any man to comprehend clearly”; כדכתיב: החקר אלו-ה תמצא, וכתיב: כי לא מחשבותי מחשבותיכם וגו׳ as it is written,11 “Can you find and understand G‑d by searching?” And it is also written,12 “For My thoughts are […]

Tanya: Chapter 02 – Part 3 – audio

The Alter Rebbe now addresses a difficulty arising from his previous statement that every soul emanates from Divine wisdom. Since all souls emanate from one source — Supernal Wisdom — it should follow that all souls are of the same level and rank. How then do the various levels and ranks found in Jewish souls […]

Tanya: Chapter 02 – Part 4 – audio

כי על ידי דביקה בתלמידי חכמים, קשורות נפש רוח ונשמה של עמי הארץ ומיוחדות במהותן הראשון ושרשם שבחכמה עילאה For, through attachment to the scholars, the Nefesh, Ruach and Neshamah of the ignorant are bound up and united with their original essence and their root in Supernal Wisdom, שהוא יתברך וחכמתו אחד, והוא המדע כו׳ […]