Is perfection attainable? The Tanya redefines our understanding of what it means to serve G-d.
The "second soul" described in Tanya is the impulse for losing oneself in the Oneness of G-d. This chapter describes the selflessness of the "nefesh …
The make up and composition of the G-dly soul is the "ten soul powers" or "kochos hanefesh" which correspond to the Ten Sefiros. These soul …
The G-dly soul seeks expression through three modes or "garments"--namely, thought, speech, and action.
Torah study is unique among all mitzvos, for all other mitzvos are "garments" for the soul while the study of Torah is "food." Whenever we …
These chapters look at the unholiness within our own animal soul as well as in the universe around us. Just as the G-dly soul is …
The body is compared to a small city over which two kings battle for total domination.
The tzaddik is the one who has defeated his or her animal soul either incompletely by neutralizing it or completely by transforming it. The rasha …
The beinoni is one who experiences the inner conflict of a rasha yet whose behaviors are indistinguishable from those of a tzaddik. The beinoni manages …
We continue to learn about the personality of the beinoni. Emotionally, the beinoni is no different than a rasha, yet behaviorally he resembles a tzadik.
We cannot change our feelings at will, but we can control our behaviors. The beinoni need not feel the love and awe of G-d that …