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There seems to be a negative connotation around Chabad Lubavitch - mostly caused by the mashichists. For someone that does not adhere to the beliefs of the mashichists (someone who believes that the Rebbe is the mashiach with different versions: he died but will come back, he never died, etc.) but admires the teachings of the chasidut of chabad, would learning the Tanya be detrimental?

If the learning is done with a chavrusa who happens to be a mashichist is that a reason for concern?

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    There isn't a negative connotation surrounding Chabad Lubavitch among most Orthodox circles that I'm familiar with. – Daniel Sep 2 '15 at 18:19
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    @DanF, perhaps this question is more suitable for a rabbi than the MY crowd. – Ani Yodea Sep 2 '15 at 19:31
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    If you believe meshichists to be heretics or otherwise beyond the pale, don't have a meshichist chavrusa. Whether you want to study the Tanya is up to you...I'm not aware of any source that says it's forbidden to study it. There's no particular connection between the Tanya itself and modern-day messianism--the latter is mainly based on (incorrect) beliefs about what the Rebbe said and did. The mpaths link you provided is just a blog post and no special weight should be placed upon it. In any case, it says most Chabadniks hold the position number 1, which is not meshichist and not heretical. – Kordovero Sep 3 '15 at 0:45
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    @DanF, I will not post the problem on a web site reachable by Google, where people hostile to Judaism can find it. – Micha Berger Sep 3 '15 at 1:44
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    @Aaron, one shul in England deciding to discontinue classes in Tanya is not "banned in England" vosizneias.com/21587/2008/10/23/… – Yishai Sep 4 '15 at 14:11
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Seeing as how the group you are calling "mashichists" are a very recent group, and the Tanya was written more than 200 years ago, there is no reason to worry about that.

In regards to having a "mashichist" Chavrusa, that really depends on the person, but that's true of any Chavrusa. If he's just teaching you Tanya though it should be fine, because once again the Tanya is not "mashichist" propaganda in any sense, being over 200 years old (and I say that also based on having learnt through the whole of Tanya).

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