Do non-Hasidic (i.e., Litvak/Yeshivish) and Hasidic dynasties other than Chabad (i.e., Satmar, Ger, Bobov, Breslov, etc.) ever study the Tanya?

And have their leaders ever commented on the Tanya regarding whether it was worthwhile to study it?

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    I assume you mean studying more than a few cursory famous quotes. Many rabbis have seen bits of almost any work, and even cited a few especially in surveys or to discuss controversy. But I assume you mean studying something in depth for its own value?
    – Double AA
    Jun 24, 2019 at 17:50
  • Yes, I mean in depth study. Thank you. Jun 24, 2019 at 18:19
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    The author of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch wrote a commentary on Tana D'vei Eliyahu in which he quotes large sections of Tanya.
    – user9643
    Jun 24, 2019 at 19:42
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    Rav dessler studied Tanya and is largely inspired by Tanya
    – kouty
    Jun 24, 2019 at 20:05
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    Yeshivat Darche Noam had one chassidus teacher who was not a Lubavitcher. He noted that Baal HaTanya was an important part of the early chassidic movement and that ideas in Tanya are for all chassidim, not only Lubavitch. He specifically taught the Introduction to Tanya at one point while I was in that yeshiva. Nov 22, 2019 at 16:33

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I have heard that many hasidic groups study Tanya. In fact, in 1983 there was a famous incident in which an esteemed Lubavitch teacher, Rabbi Pinchas Korf, was teaching Tanya to Satmar students, but some in the Satmar establishment wanted the students to learn it only from Satmar teachers.

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