Classes

Class 31, Perek 3, Class 1 Tanya (text based)

Introduction: The Neshama’s three levels: 1) Etzem, 2) Kochos and 3) Levushim. Chapter 2 dealt with Etzem, Chapter 4 will deal with Levushim and our Perek will deal with Kochos. The idea of נשתלשלו מהם, that בצלמינו כדמותינו in חקירה means intelligence, but in קבלה it means that all the aspects that exist in אלקות…

Class 32, Perek 3, Class 2 Tanya (text based)

Another idea associated with the Kochos is that it inhibits, limits, and gives finite expression to the infinite soul כחות הנפש מבטאים גילויי הנפש בהגבלה ובהתחלקות. This allows the Neshama and the person to operate in a finite world and to co-exist with other Neshamos and to even make compromise.

Class 33, Perek 3, Class 3 Tanya (text based)

The ten S’firos. The idea that the human form is a Mashal to understand the ten supernal S’firos based on the principal of מבשרי אחזה אלוק. Chassidus explains the משל to us as well, so we can understand the ten כחות הנפש precisely.

Class 34, Perek 3, Class 4 Tanya (text based)

A thought on current events. Review. Mind and heart, objective vs. subjective. Mind closer to Soul, Heart closer to actions.

Class 35, Perek 3, Class 5 Tanya (text based)

Chochma. Two parts: 1) acknowledging one’s limit and surrendering to the unknown and transcendent. 2) This opens the person up to the enlightenment, intuition, or light, the flash of Chochma. But the two are based on the quality of the person and his prior preparedness as an intellectual.

Class 36, Perek 3, Class 6. Tanya (text based)

Bina. Bina is everything Chochma is not. It analyzes and forfeits the light and pleasure of the “Flash of Chochma” for the sake of the credibility and discernment and clarity of Bina. Example from the Rebbe’s teaching a RaShI.

Class 37, Perek 3, Class 7. Tanya (text based)

Bina cont. התבוננות (Class One). Emotions (אהבה ויראה) that come from the “father and mother” combination of Chochma and Bina. The idea of using the mind to arouse the heart. The רמב”ם בהלכות מלכים, about not being afraid on the war front by not thinking. This is the explanation found in Chassidus to explain the…

Class 38, Perek 3, Class 8. Tanya (text based)

התבוננות (Class Two). In order to engage one’s mind there must be the אסורה מכאן להתקרב לשם in order to engage with Hashem they need a lot of time to get away from regular life in order to engage with and Daven to Him. התבוננות is not meditation. [I believe that התבודדות which is practiced…

Class 39, Perek 3, Class 9. Tanya (text based)

התבוננות (Class Three). The point of the התבוננותו is וידעת היום so that it should bring to the והשבות אל לבבך. The Mitteler Rebbe writes that התבוננות must be in details so it should truly arouse the heart. Ironically the mind and heart contradict each other (unless one is on the level of פנימיות המוח…

Class 40, Perek 3, Class 10. Tanya (text based)

התבוננות (Class Four). This class discusses the idea of self honesty when it comes to life in general and עבודה פנימית in particular. There are three levels in התבוננות and one caveat. 1) ממלא כל עלמין; כי הוא חייך the contemplation that starts with us and that He sustains US. 2) סובב כל עלמין; הכל…