Tanya: Chapter 49 – Part 1 – video

The Alter Rebbe explained in the previous chapter that since the light and life drawn down from G‑d is infinite — Ein Sof, as its name indicates — therefore in order for this finite world to be created, the Divine light had to undergo a multitude of contractions (tzimtzumim). This was the only way that […]

Tanya: Chapter 49 – Part 2 – video

ובזה יובן טוב טעם ודעת לתקנת חכמים, שתקנו ברכות קריאת שמע: שתים לפניה כו׳, דלכאורה אין להן שייכות כלל עם קריאת שמע, כמו שכתבו הרשב״א ושאר פוסקים This will enable one to understand the eminently reasonable explanation of the Rabbinic enactment (Mishnah, Berachot 1:4) ordaining the recitation of the blessings of the Shema: two blessings […]

Tanya: Chapter 49 – Part 3 – video

ואחר כך ברכה שניה Then follows the second blessing, which declares G‑d’s great love of the Jewish people. Notwithstanding the lofty service and the subjugation of all the heavenly angels, G‑d saw fit to set them all aside, as it were, choosing instead to delight in the service of His people below. This blessing begins: […]

Tanya: Chapter 49 – Part 4 – video

אך איך היא בחינת אתדבקות רוחא ברוחא But how does the attachment of spirit to Spirit take place? I.e., what measures are to be taken if one seeks to desire to “only cleave to Him”? לזה אמר: והיו הדברים האלה גו׳ על לבבך, ודברת בם גו׳ To this end it is stated, soon after the […]