Tanya the Masterpiece of Hasidic Wisdom: Selections Annotated & Explained

Author:   Rabbi Rami Shapiro ,  Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi
Publisher:   Skylight Paths Publishing
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9781683363262


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   18 March 2010
Format:   Hardback
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The wisdom of Jewish spirituality and mysticism can be a companion for your own spiritual journey. Tanya, It Was Taught, is one of the most powerful and potentially transformative books of Jewish wisdom. Written in 1797 by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Hasidism, Tanya sets forth the fundamentals of Jewish spirituality and mysticism. While a focus of daily study by tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews, Tanya is little known outside the world of Jewish mysticism. Until now, its kabbalistic terms and esoteric language have made this essential text of Jewish spirituality inaccessible to most readers. In this engaging volume, Rabbi Rami Shapiro offers a contemporary English translation of key selections of Tanya coupled with commentary designed to clarify and amplify the wisdom it contains. He also outlines the philosophical and spiritual framework on which Tanya is based-God's nonduality; the five dimensions of reality and their corresponding intelligences (body, heart, mind, soul, and spirit); the purpose of mitzvot, the practices of Jewish life, as catalysts to God realization and the hallowing of all life through godliness-to help you understand the selected Tanya translations in a way that enhances your own spiritual development. Now you can benefit from the wisdom of Tanya even if you have no previous knowledge of Judaism or Hebrew terminology. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents the core teachings of Tanya, with insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that will deepen your 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.

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Author:   Rabbi Rami Shapiro ,  Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi
Publisher:   Skylight Paths Publishing
Imprint:   Skylight Paths Publishing
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781683363262


ISBN 10:   1683363264
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   18 March 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix Preface xvii Introduction xix Key Philosophical Ideas xxxiii Core Spiritual Practices xliii 1. The Five Kinds of Humans 3 2. God, Wisdom, and Your Essential Nature 7 3. The Three Mothers: Wisdom, Reason, and Knowing 11 4. The Three Garments: Thought, Word, and Deed 13 5. Unity Beyond Thought 17 6. The Necessity of Opposites 21 7. Using the Body for Good 23 8. Using the Body for Evil 27 9. The Secret Yearning for the Good 31 10. The Purpose of Transformation 35 11. Redemption from Evil 39 12. Bringing Light into the Darkness 43 13. Internal Conflict 47 14. Becoming an Inbetweener 49 15. Serving God 51 16. The Essential Task 55 17. The Practice of Comprehension 57 18. The Nature of Wisdom 61 19. The Candle of God 65 20. The Unchanging One 69 21. God's Speech 71 22. Other Gods 73 23. Torah and God Are One 75 24. The Interplay of Opposites 77 25. Folly 79 26. The Profit of Sadness 81 27. Passive Restraint 85 28. Distracting Thoughts 89 29. A Dull Heart 93 30. Cultivating Humility 97 31. Working with Sadness 99 32. Love Your Neighbor 103 33. Attaining True Joy 105 34 Generosity 109 35. The Task of Self 111 36. No High or Low in God 113 37. Illuminating the World 117 38. The Necessity of Intent 119 39. Acting without Ulterior Motive 121 40. Revealing the Hidden God 125 41. Love and Awe 129 42. Your Inner Moses 133 43. Two Types of Awe 137 44. Higher Grades of Love 139 45. Compassion for God 143 46. Way of Friendship 147 47. Release from Bondage 149 48. The Finite and the Infinite 153 49. The Purpose of Creation 155 50. Run and Return 157 51. The Dwelling of God 161 52. Perceiving the One 163 53. The One Is within You 165 Notes 167 Glossary of Hebrew Terms 168 Books Cited in Tanya 173 Suggestions for Further Reading 177

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Rami Shapiro is one of the great Jewish spiritual teachers of our generation. This volume opens one of the all-time classics of Jewish spirituality for beginning students of all faiths. Through his poetic translations and paraphrases, he not only unlocks Tanya but also adds a classic of his own to our library of personal yearning. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El Scholar, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco; author, The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition and other books A masterful unfolding of Tanya paves a way for readers to find a path to God that is a 'returning through kindness.' I can't ever imagine teaching Tanya again without pointing toward this edition. Reb Mimi Feigelson, mashpiah ruchanit (spiritual mentor); lecturer of Rabbinics, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University With insight and nuance ... opens the mystical wisdom of Hasidism to spiritual seekers of all faiths. Both the translation and the commentary guide the reader to a transformed religious consciousness. Dr. Eitan Fishbane, author, As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist


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Rami Shapiro, a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, is an award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist. He is author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice, Recovery-The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice and The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & Explained (all SkyLight Paths), among other books. Rami Shapiro is available to speak on the following topics: Writing-The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice Stop Playing God: 12 Steps as Spiritual Practice Biblical Wisdom for Post-biblical Times: An Exploration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life Hasidic Wisdom: An Exploration of Hasidic Storytelling, Theology and Contemplative Practice Saints and Sages: Biblical Prophets, Ancient Rabbis and the Building of a Just World Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi (z l), the inspiration of the Jewish Renewal movement, is widely recognized as one of the most important Jewish spiritual teachers of our time. Professor at Temple University, he authored many books including Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit: Reb Zalman's Guide to Recapturing the Intimacy & Ecstasy in Your Relationship with God (both Jewish Lights); From Age-ing to Sage-ing and Wrapped in a Holy Flame.

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