Tanya, the Masterpiece of Hasidic Wisdom Selections Annotated and Explained

ISBN-10: 1594732752

ISBN-13: 9781594732751

Edition: 2010

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Tanya, ¿It Was Taught,¿ is one of the most powerful and potentially transformative books of Jewish wisdom. Written in 1797 by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Hasidism, Tanya sets forth the fundamentals of Jewish spirituality and metaphysics. While a focus of daily study by tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews, Tanya is little known outside the world of Jewish mysticism, its kabbalistic terms and esoteric language making this essential text of Jewish spirituality inaccessible to most readers. In this accessible volume, Rami Shapiro offers a contemporary English translation of key selections of the Hebrew text coupled with commentary designed to clarify and amplify the wisdom they contain. He brings the genius of Tanya to readers seeking to deepen their understanding of the soul and how it relates to and manifests the Divine Source from which all life comes, in which all life lives, and to which all life returns. About the series: SkyLight Illuminations offers today¿s spiritual seeker an enjoyable entry into the great classic texts of the world¿s spiritual traditions. Each classic is presented in an accessible translation, with facing pages of guided commentary from experts, offering readers the keys they need to understand the history, context, and meaning of the text. The series enables readers of all backgrounds to experience and understand classic spiritual texts directly, and to make them a part of their lives.
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prize-winning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" and "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder." Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.Rami Shapiro has been a congregational rabbi for 20 years, is currently an adjunct professor of religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University, and directs One River, a not-for-profit educational foundation. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the most celebrated and original Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. Though renowned in his day as a theologian and philosopher, Heschel is also celebrated today for his tireless activism against the war in Vietnam and his work for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of numerous spiritual classics, including: The Prophets, The Sabbath, Man is Not Alone, God in Search of Man, and The Earth is the Lord's. Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi (b. 1924) is the father of the widely influential Jewish renewal movement and one of the most important spiritual leaders in the world today. He is the author of such acclaimed works as Jewish with Feeling, Spiritual Intimacy, and two authoritative works on Hasidism, A Heart Afire and A Hidden Light.

Key Philosophical Ideas
Core Spiritual Practices
The Five Kinds of Humans
God, Wisdom, and Your Essential Nature
The Three Mothers: Wisdom, Reason, and Knowing
The Three Garments: Thought, Word, and Deed
Unity Beyond Thought
The Necessity of Opposites
Using the Body for Good
Using the Body for Evil
The Secret Yearning for the Good
The Purpose of Transformation
Redemption from Evil
Bringing Light into the Darkness
Internal Conflict
Becoming an Inbetweener
Serving God
The Essential Task
The Practice of Comprehension
The Nature of Wisdom
The Candle of God
The Unchanging One
God's Speech
Other Gods
Torah and God Are One
The Interplay of Opposites
The Profit of Sadness
Passive Restraint
Distracting Thoughts
A Dull Heart
Cultivating Humility
Working with Sadness
Love Your Neighbor
Attaining True Joy
The Task of Self
No High or Low in God
Illuminating the World
The Necessity of Intent
Acting without Ulterior Motive
Revealing the Hidden God
Love and Awe
Your Inner "Moses"
Two Types of Awe
Higher Grades of Love
Compassion for God
Way of Friendship
Release from Bondage
The Finite and the Infinite
The Purpose of Creation
Run and Return
The Dwelling of God
Perceiving the One
The One Is within You
Glossary of Hebrew Terms
Books Cited in Tanya
Suggestions for Further Reading
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