Tanya: Chapter 36 – Part 1 – video

In the previous chapter, the Alter Rebbe began to explain why the observance of the practical mitzvot is the ultimate purpose of Torah and of one’s spiritual service to G‑d. (This practical aspect is underscored by the conclusion of the verse, “For the thing is very near to you, in your mouth and in your […]

Tanya: Chapter 36 – Part 2 – video

A question arises, however. How is it possible (even upon subjugating the kelipot and transforming them into holiness) that we in this world should experience a revelation of the Ein Sof-light without veil or concealment, when even the higher worlds cannot receive such revelation without dissolving into nothingness? In answer, the Alter Rebbe writes: ולזה […]

Tanya: Chapter 36 – Part 3 – video

וגם כבר היה לעולמים מעין זה, בשעת מתן תורה A glimmer of this revelation which will take place in the future has already been experienced — at the time of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai, כדכתיב: אתה הראת לדעת כי ה׳ הוא האלקים, אין עוד מלבדו as it is written:10 “You (G‑d) revealed […]

Tanya: Chapter 36 – Part 4 – video

ולכן היו בטלים במציאות ממש, כמאמר רז״ל, שעל כל דיבור פרחה נשמתן כו׳ Therefore, they the Jews who stood at Sinai were nullified out of existence, as our Rabbis have said:14 “At every [divine] utterance their soul took flight from their body, אלא שהחזירה הקדוש ברוך להן בטל שעתיד להחיות בו את המתים but G‑d […]