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Advanced Tanya Shiurim

When a beginner learns Gemara, one of the greatest setbacks is the lack of "prerequisite" knowledge. Many concepts are preestablished, including the 13 middos of learning Torah (gzeira shava, binyan ...
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What is the phrase "sin of youth" (חטאת נעורים) referring to, as used in the Tanya?

The Shalah says (in שער האותיות): והיה הדבר נקל אם לא היה עושה החטא הזה רק פעם אחת, אבל בעו"ה מי שהורגל בחטאת נעורים במעשה כעורים ובא לכלל הוצאת זרע לבטלה הן מחמת הרהורים בתאוה או ניאוף בידים ...
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Is the Baal Hatanya being too harsh with his definition of Rasha?

It sounds to me that the reason you are getting upset about putting most Jews into the catagoty of "rasha" is that you associate that term with evil people (pick your favorite, hitler, stalin..,). ...
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Answer to question in first chapter of Tanya

Chapter 13 He explains that one should see them self "כרשע" as having the capacity for sin and should never let their guard down. But not actually as a rasha.
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Should I study the Tanya?

Here is one of the most viewed "introduction to Tanya" videos on the internet, by one of the worlds most popular Tanya teachers*, I recommend watching it to decide if Tanya is for you. How ...
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Acronyms in Tanya

It is not an acronym it is the number 370. See Lessons in Tanya here.
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Machloket about the goal of the creation

This is the subject of R. Betzalel Naor's work, Mahol la-Tsaddikim, available here. From the description of the book on the website: Mahol la-Tsaddikim/Dance Circle for the Righteous explores the ...
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Is the Baal Hatanya being too harsh with his definition of Rasha?

This catagorization puts many fellow Jews I know in the Rasha catagory. Including most of those who study Tanya. And that's ok. Because you can become a beinoni in the very next moment. Teshuva is a ...
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Does a Tzadik have a Yetzer Harah?

You are asking many questions. I will answer the one in the title. The gemara says explicitly that, the greater a person, the greater his yetzer hara (Sukka 52a) כל הגדול מחבירו יצרו גדול הימנו ...
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Advanced Tanya Shiurim

The most advanced online Shiur in Tanya you will find is from Rabbi Yoel Kahn. His Hebrew Shiurim cover the first two sections, you can hear them here and here. The Yiddish Shurim cover almost all of ...
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Jewish Views of the Tanya outside the Chabad movement

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 ...
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Is learning the Tanya dangerous?

The Baal hatanya was a huge Talmid Chochom who's Sefer Shulcan Aruch Harav is a classic in Halacha. His Sefer, Tanya, as well is a very holy Sefer learnt by Talmedei Chochomim of all stripes. Even Rav ...
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According to the Tanya, is one never permitted to be sad at all?

In general, sadness is something to be avoided by anyone trying to serve G-d, like is understood from Tehillim 100:2 which says: Serve G-d with joy, come before Him with song. Contrary to what you ...
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Does a Tzadik have a Yetzer Harah?

I answered elsewhere according to the gemara but you asked for a response according to Tanya as well. The definition of a Tzadik in Tanya is different from the way we use the word today (e.g., "this ...
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Does a Tzadik have a Yetzer Harah?

There are several different definitions of a tsaddik that are used in various ways. Here are 3 that I have heard: 1) Someone whose good deeds outweighs their bad Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish, an ex-...
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Is the Baal Hatanya being too harsh with his definition of Rasha?

In accordance with the opening line of the OP, “Is it just his opinion?” I’d like to provide another opinion on the definition of a Rasha, which is probably even more depressing. The following is a ...
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Detailed sources of the Sefer Hatanya

There is a set of sefarim that give very detailed notes, etc, including sources. You can see the first volume here on hebrewbooks (all the volumes are there). It is called: "לקוטי אמרים תניא (...
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Where is Olam HaPirud? And what are the forces therein?

Sefer Shaare Ora, first Shaar. "Below the name A.D.N.I., (א-ד-נ-י), is the world of perud". The hagaot Maor Yosef says. הם העולמות שתחת מלכות דאצילות, והם עולם בריאה יצירה עשיה Olam ...
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What does Tanya say about gehinnom

Tanya Likutei Amarim ch. 8 writes (translation Chabad) But with regard to forbidden speech, such as scoffing and slander and the like, which being prohibited stem from the three completely unclean ...
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Why does a Tanya level Tzadik get rewarded?

In this answer, I want to try to walk back the normative ideas we have about reward and punishment. Using Tanya as our source, we see that Tanya has come along to actually inform us that this system ...
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According to Tanya, does the animal soul partially abide in the mind?

It is important to understand the various terminology in Tanya and the proper way of grasping the concepts involved. For this, it is often recommended to appeal to a knowledgeable individual who can ...
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According to Tanya, does the animal soul partially abide in the mind?

The animal soul's intellectual faculties abide in the heart ONLY according to the Tanya. The animal soul's intellectual faculties DO NOT abide in the mind according to the Tanya. Abide and rise have 2 ...
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Thought, Speech, Action

As @pcoz mentioned it is answering the point made in the previous pasuk which asks: מִֽי־יַעֲלֶ֥ה בְהַר־יְהֹוָ֑ה וּמִי־יָ֝קוּם בִּמְק֥וֹם קׇדְשֽׁוֹ Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may ...
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Why does Tanya chapter 48 exclude spiritual space, yet talk about it?

He is trying to say exactly what your confused about. That when he says space about something spiritual, he doesn’t mean some sort of aura that fills or surrounds it. Rather any space related term, ...
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Machloket about the goal of the creation

From my blog post "Of Empty Cups": If one puts a cup in the sink, and the cup doesn’t fill as it ought, it could be for at least one of two basic reasons. The first is that the cup’s mouth isn’t ...
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Who says the wicked are full of remorse? Help tracking down a supposed statement of Chazal

I think this statement is a paraphrase of the following which does appear on Nedarim 9b (translation and interpolation: R Steinsaltz) אמר ליה רבי יונה היינו טעמא כשהן תוהין נוזרין וכשהן מטמאין ...
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What is the phrase "sin of youth" (חטאת נעורים) referring to, as used in the Tanya?

see sotah 7a (mishna 1.4) הרבה ילדות עושה and is clearly refering to the drives that must not be satisfied outside of marriage
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"Upper Level Teshuva" for Zera LeVatala

This particular sin starts in the brain{soul}, therefore the best teshuvah for this sin is to cry, bc the tears emenate form the brain{soul}.
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