Class 21, Perek 2, Class 1 Tanya (text based)

The Neshama is called “the second Soul”. It is a part of G-d above Mamosh. 1) This is qualified by two ideas: A Chassidic form: חלק אלוקה ממעל ממש, as it was blown (rather than spoken) by Hashem into our nostrils. A Kabbalistic form: we come from מחשבה and חכמה like all children (have their…

Class 22, Perek 2, Class 2 Tanya (text based)

This class explained one idea only: the dichotomy in the words חלק אלוק ממעל ממש. A) חלק אלוק ממעל: there is nothing more lofty and spiritual than a Neshama. B) ממש: There is nothing that can descend as low as a Yiddisher Neshama. The combination of the highest high and the lowest low tells what…

Class 23, Perek 2, Class 3 Tanya (text based)

This class explores the ויפח, the allusion to Hashem creating the נשמה by blowing. The idea is explained in the topic of גבורה; which means two things: 1) It takes גבורה to unify opposites; in this case, a נשמה and a physical body. 2) Only while in the body does the true גבורה of the…

Class 24, Perek 2, Class 4 Tanya (text based)

The second proof of the נשמה’s lofty origin is from the מאמר חז”ל: ישראל עלו במחשבה. This is a Kabbalistic “Proof” linking Neshamos to Chochma and through Chochma to the very Essence of G-dliness. The use of Kabbalah within Chassidus gives it “form” and a framework for understanding it intellectually.

Class 25, Perek 2, Class 5 Tanya (text based)

Linking ישראל עלו במחשבה to the רמב”ם. What the RaMbaM understands about Hashem: that He is one with his wisdom and all of His faculties, allows us to understand how He can know what is happening in a changing world without changing Himself. הוא היודע הוא הידוע והוא המדע עצמה or הוא וחכמתו אחד. This…

Class 26, Perek 2, Class 6 Tanya (text based)

1) A thought on Tisha BiAv, Teshuva and Moshiach. 2) Neshamos are G-dly, but independent, as they come from the Keilim. The פסוק נר הוי’ נשמת אדם that compares Neshamos to a Candle and the two ways of understanding this. 3) Though all Neshamos are one with Hashem and come from His Chochma, as the…

Class 27, Perek 2, Class 7 Tanya (text based)

The answer; we all start out the same but change as we develop. The real issue is the divine כונה which affects this diversification. The example of the fetus.

Lesson 2 Tanya Lectures – Iggeres Hateshuva

Chapters 1-3 also address the question of fasts as they do or don’t relate to Teshuva.

Tanya Lectures (05) – Likutei Amarim – Chapter 02 03 04

Chapter 2,3,4. The soul’s structure: Essence (Wants what’s beyond, altruistic), Kochos (attributes), Garments (tools for expression).

Lesson 03 Shaar Hayichud Vihaemuna

Chapters 1-2. Constancy of creation. There are divine words that are manifest in each creation (individually and) constantly, to perpetuate their continued existence from nonexistence (G-Dliness). This requires a constant involvement of the Creator in His world.