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Tanya - A Tale of Two Souls

presented by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson

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Historical Overview: The Life and Times of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi - Lesson 1
A leader who revolutionized the landscape of Jewish thought
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General Overview: Man in Search of Identity - Lesson 2
Two sous on the battlefield of life
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Author's Forward: Discovering Your Personal Path to G-d - Lesson 3
Can a book serve as a guide for the aching soul?
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Chapter 1: Five Categories Within the Jewish People - Lesson 4
Redefining the make-up of Jewish Personality
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Chapter 1: The Body and Soul of Torah - Lesson 5
On the distinguishing features of Halach vs. Kabbalah
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Chapter 1: The Jewish Animal - Lesson 6
The positive and negative qualities of the animal in man
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Chapter 2: The Divine Consciousness of the Jew - Lesson 7
A projection of Hashem's intimate self
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Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Soul in Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah - Lesson 8
Philosophers, kabbalists and Chassidic masters debate the composition of the human consciousness
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Chapter 2: The Function of a Rebbe - Lesson 9
The Role of a Rebbe in our relationship to Hashem
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Chapter 2: The Sanctity of Intimacy - Lesson 10
And its effect on the character of your children
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Chapter 3: The Ten Building Blocks of Creation - Lesson 11
And their mystical connection to ten letters of the Hebrew Alphabet
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Chapter 3: Workings of the Mind (1): Chochmah and Binah - Lesson 12
The primal flash of inspiration and its integration in the mind
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Chapter 3: How To Develop A Love Towards G-d - Lesson 13
Can we experience an intimate relationship with the ultimate reality?
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Chapter 3: Workings of the Mind (2): Daas - Lesson 14
Transforming impersonal abstractions into personal realities
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Chapter 3: The Seven Experiential Sefirot - Lesson 15
The roadmap of the human personality: the seven emotional attributes
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Chapter 4: Opening Windows to The Soul - Lesson 16
The Three Outer Garments of A Jew's Subconscious
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Chapter 4: On The Essence of A Mitzvah - Lesson 17
Is A Mitzvah Performed by Rote Worth Anything?
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Chapter 4: The Voyage of Torah - Lesson 18
Four Stages in Torah's Journey From Heaven To Earth
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Chapter 4: Why This World Is Greater Than The World To Come - Lesson 19
The Day The Great Maggid Saved His Students From Extinction
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Chapter 5: A Marriage of Minds Between Man and G-d - Lesson 20
The Significance of Torah Study In The Life of The Jew
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Chapter 5: Gastronomic Torah - Lesson 21
The Process of Digesting and Internalizing G-dliness In One's Life
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Chapter 6: The Chemistry of The Animal Soul - Lesson 22
A Life Driven by Impulse and Temptation vs. Reflection and Vision
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Chapter 6: Surrendering The Ego To G-d - Lesson 23
A Jew In Ireland Recounts His Battle With Hashem
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Chapter 7: The Two Hiding Places of G-d - Lesson 24
In One You Can Find Him; In One You Can't
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Chapter 7: How To Deal With A Dark Past - Lesson 25
Channeling Pain and Despair Into A Force For Good
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Chapter 7: Perversion of Intimacy - Lesson 26
Abusing The Deepest Powers of The Human Soul
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Chapter 8: Can Forbidden Substances Become Holy? - Lesson 27
The Fundamental Difference Between The Permitted And The Forbidden
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Chapter 8: The Journey of A Bruised Soul In Its Afterlife - Lesson 28
Divine Therapy For A G-dly Soul Tainted By A Course World
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Chapter 9: The Two Souls Assume Their Combat Positions - Lesson 29
One Grabes The Heart; The Other Takes The Mind
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Chapter 9: The Two Souls Declare War - Lesson 30
The Never-Ending Struggle Between The Drive For Self-Indulgence And The Longing For Transcendence
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Chapter 9: The Two Souls Convene - Lesson 31
Alexander The Great Discovers Idealism In The African Mountains
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Chapter 10: The Value of Teenage Rebellion - Lesson 32
Reorienting vs. Rejecting The Pure Energies Of An Unihibited Soul
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Chapter 10: A Tale of Two Loves - Lesson 33
The Spiritual Battle Between The Sourcerer And The Chabad Chassid
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Chapter 10: Can A Tzaddik Sin? - Lesson 34
How Reb Chaim Soloveitchik Attempted To Dry The Tears Of The Lubavitcher Rebbe
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Chapter 11: Jewish Guilt - Lesson 35
The id of Freudian Psychology vs. The Yid of Chabad Chassidism
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Chapter 12: The Super Man, The Weak Man and The Possible Man - Lesson 36
Three Soldiers On The Battlefield Of Life; One Wins, One Loses And One Fights
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Chapter 12: Mind Over Heart (1) - Lesson 37
How To Deal With Unhealthy Urges and Impulses
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Chapter 12: Mind Over Heart (2) - Lesson 38
How To Deal With Feelings Of Anger and Animosity
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Chapter 13: The Souls Go To Court - Lesson 39
Two Litigants Battle For Dominion Over Our Lives. But Who's The Judge?
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Chapter 13: The Hero of The Tanya - Lesson 40
Beautiful On The Inside, Beautiful On The Outside, Ugly In Between
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Chapter 13: On The Definition of Truth - Lesson 41
Some People Experience It In Paradise - Others At A Hot Dog Stand
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Chapter 14: How To Gain Control Over Your Life - Lesson 42
A Meditation To Fight Off One's Strongest Impulses
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Chapter 14: The Aspiration To Become Saintly - Lesson 43
A Mission Statement For People Who Can Never Become Tzaddikim
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Chapter 15: Complacent Jews - Lesson 44
Rabbi Schneur Zalman's War Against Rebelion's Comfort Zone
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Chapter 16: What To Do When You Can't Feel (1) - Lesson 45
Using Your Mind To Create Deep Relationships
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Chapter 16: What To Do When You Can't Feel (2) - Lesson 46
How Can Emotional Vacuum Can Become An Invitation For G-d
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Chapter 17: Emotional Love and Practical Love - Lesson 47
In Our World, The Latter Is The Most Essential
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Chapter 17: Hitting Rock Bottom - Lesson 48
The path to recovery for those who have lost control over their lives
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Chapter 18: The Long Road & the Short Road to Inspiration - Lesson 49
Relating to G-d as a spouse; as a sibling
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Chapter 18: The Art of Becoming Nothing - Lesson 50
Escorting your mind out invites G-d in
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Chapter 18: On the Definition of Faith - Lesson 51
The capacity of the soul to experience ultimate reality
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Chapter 18: Jewish Martyrdom - Lesson 52
What Inspired the Jewish people to give up their lives for their faith?
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Chapter 19: What Is a Soul? - Lesson 53
The quest to become nothing
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Chapter 19: Living With the Real You - Lesson 54
How to open windows to the super-conscious forces of your soul
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Chapter 20: A History of Monotheism - Lesson 55
Chassidism's revolutionary explanation of the unity of G-d in the world
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Chapter 20: The Novelist, the Dreamer and the Creator - Lesson 56
The path of Chassidism to self-actualization
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Chapter 20: A Tale of Two Unity's - Lesson 57
The cosmic program for achieving meaningful relationships
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Chapter 21: The Chassidic Theory of Relativity - Lesson 58
The simultaneous existence and non-existence of the world
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Chapter 22: The Soul of Evil - Lesson 59
What place does evil have in the all-pervading reality of G-d?
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Chapter 22: The Delusion of Ego - Lesson 60
The biggest existence of all is not existent
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Chapter 23: Three Levels of Intimacy (1) - Lesson 61
A chariot, a body, and a soul
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Chapter 23: Three Levels of Intimacy (2) - Lesson 62
On the ultimate significance of Torah study in the life of the Jew
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Chapter 24: Living the Lie - Lesson 63
On the essence of sin
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Chapter 24: The Tragedy of Sin (1) - Lesson 64
A dysfunctional relationship with reality
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Chapter 24: The Tragedy of Sin (2) - Lesson 65
Abusing the child within
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Chapter 25: How Do I Become Inspired? - Lesson 66
Summary of chapters 18-25 of the Tanya
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Chapter 25: How to Deal with the Sour Moments of a Relationship - Lesson 67
The difference between "being right" and "being happy"
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Chapter 26: Using Sadness as a Tool for Personal Growth - Lesson 68
The feelings of joy that are born out of grief
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Chapter 26: How to Deal with Pain (1) - Lesson 69
Discovering the intimate language of G-d
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Chapter 26: How to Deal with Pain (2) - Lesson 70
The day Moses struck the rock, our lives were changed forever
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Chapter 27: Confronting Your Inner Demons (1) - Lesson 71
Cherishing the opportunity to resist even one ugly temptation
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Chapter 27: Confronting Your Inner Demons (2) - Lesson 72
Souls designated to serve G-d in the battlefield
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Chapter 28: Can We Sublimate Our Ugly Cravings to Holiness - Lesson 73
The great debate among the early Chassidic Masters
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Chapter 28: What to Do About Distracting Thoughts During Prayer - Lesson 74
Smile and go on
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Chapter 29: How to Deal with Emotional Numbness - Lesson 75
When a broken heart is actually good for you
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Chapter 29: The Positive Effect of Negative Thinking - Lesson 76
An exchange between a Talmudic Sage and an ugly man
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Chapter 29: How to Handle a Crisis of Faith - Lesson 77
Acknowledge, but don't embrace
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Chapter 30: Street-Corner Jews (1) - Lesson 78
Can we truly be humble before them?
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Chapter 30: Street-Corner Jews (2) - Lesson 79
A realistic look at those who we believe are inferior to ourselves
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Chapter 31: Frustration Vs. Depression - Lesson 80
One is a springboard to action; the other an excuse for paralysis
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Chapter 31: Do You Love Your Soul? - Lesson 81
Learning how to celebrate your soul's special moments
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Chapter 31: Four Pathways to Spiritual Healing - Lesson 82
Reorientation, sublimation, transference and transformation
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Chapter 32: The Art of Love (1) - Lesson 83
Learning how to love other people
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Chapter 32: The Art of Love (2) - Lesson 84
Learning how to love yourself
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Chapter 32: The Art of Love (3) - Lesson 85
How to deal with people you dislike
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Chapter 33: Intimacy with the Divine - Lesson 86
Celebrating Simchas Torah in Auschwitz
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Chapter 33: The Ultimate Jewish Conspiracy - Lesson 87
A holistic world
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Chapter 34: How to Structure Your Day - Lesson 88
Introducing cosmic oneness into your fragmented schedule
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Chapter 34: Balancing Your Emotions - Lesson 89
Sadness and joy in the same heart
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Chapter 35: The Endless Struggle - Lesson 90
What's the point?
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Chapter 35: The Power of a Mitzvah (1) - Lesson 91
Do spiritual people need mitzvos?
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Chapter 35: The Power of a Mitzvah (2) - Lesson 92
How the human animal becomes one with G-d
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Chapter 36: The Purpose of Existence - Lesson 93
Chabad's revolutionary approach to the ultimate question
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Chapter 36: Confronting the Darkness - Lesson 94
If you encounter mud in your heart, youre doing well
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Chapter 37: The Cosmic Revolution - Lesson 95
Changing the world, one mitzvah at a time
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Chapter 37: The Cosmic Explosion - Lesson 96
After 5000 years of bottled energy, it takes one match
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Chapter 37: The Demons of Money - Lesson 97
The revolutionary power of charity
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Chapter 37: Transforming the World through Torah - Lesson 98
The superiority of Torah study
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Chapter 38: The Body & Soul of Religion - Lesson 99
In search for passion
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Chapter 38: How Do You Experience G-d? - Lesson 100
Inanimate Judaism, botanic Judaism, animal Judaism and human Judaism
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Chapter 39: Animal Love vs. Human Love - Lesson 101
To be or to create
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Chapter 39: The Four Worlds (1) - Lesson 102
Their origin in Kabbalah
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Chapter 39: The Four Worlds (2) - Lesson 103
A four-step ladder toward inner wholesomeness
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Chapter 39: Religious But Not G-dly - Lesson 104
When a Divine act cant soar
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Chapter 40: Judaism: Ritual or Spiritual? - Lesson 105
The role of Halacah and Mysticism
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Chapter 40: Do You Want to Quench Your Thirst? - Lesson 106
Go drink some water
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Chapter 41: You and G-d Alone - Lesson 107
Does G-d really care about my behavior?
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Chapter 41: Did you ever serve G-d? - Lesson 108
The majesty of Surrender
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Chapter 41: Mitzvos -- Personal Refinement or a Cosmic Experience? - Lesson 109
Do we serve G-d for ourselves or for Him?
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Chapter 41: Self Actualization or Self-Transcendence? - Lesson 110
Which Moshiach are you waiting for?
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Chapter 41: The Ballad of Unity - Lesson 111
Putting all of life into perspective
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Chapter 42: Making G-dliness Real - Lesson 112
Moshes gift to every Jew
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Chapter 42: Artists of Transcendence - Lesson 113
The role of a Rebbe
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Chapter 42: How to Excavate Your Soul (1) - Lesson 114
A two-step program toward a daily encounter with your spark
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Chapter 42: How to Excavate Your Soul (2) - Lesson 115
Getting rid of the cynicism
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Chapter 43: How to Cultivate Divine Awe - Lesson 116
Outer fear vs. inner fear
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Chapter 43: How to Cultivate Divine Love - Lesson 117
Contained love vs. infinite love
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Chapter 44: Getting To Know Your Personal G-d - Lesson 118
No two souls experience Reality in the same way
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Chapter 44: I Am In Love - Lesson 119
G-d my soul; G-d my father
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Chapter 44: Fake Emotions? - Lesson 120
Arent all of these spiritual emotions plain fantasy?
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Chapter 44: Instinctive Love, Transcendental Love and G-dly Love - Lesson 121
How every type of love creates its own world
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Chapter 44: Water-Like Love vs. Fiery Love - Lesson 122
G-d my sibling; G-d my spouse
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Chapter 45: The Tragic Journey of a Soul - Lesson 123
Feeling compassion for your inner holiness
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Chapter 46: Reciprocal Love - Lesson 124
Why we feel attracted to certain people
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Chapter 46: The King and the Peasant - Lesson 125
A meditation that will melt your heart
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Chapter 46: I Am an Animal, But I Am With You - Lesson 126
The biblical verse that gave hope to an exiled people
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Chapter 47: Leave Your Personal Bondage - Lesson 127
Our daily opportunity to transcend the ego
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Chapter 48: The Doctrine of Tzimtzum (1) - Lesson 128
The meaning of infinity
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Chapter 48: The Doctrine of Tzimtzum (2) - Lesson 129
The finite light and the endless light
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Chapter 48: The Doctrine of Tzimtzum (3) - Lesson 130
The great debate among the mystics
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Chapter 48: The Doctrine of Tzimtzum (4) - Lesson 131
G-d knows, therefore I am
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Chapter 49: The Evolution of the Worlds - Lesson 132
From creation to formation to action
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Chapter 49: Sacrificing for a Relationship - Lesson 133
G-d renounced Himself for us; we renounce ourselves for Him
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Chapter 49: The Holiness of the Body - Lesson 134
G-d let go of His infinity to choose the Jewish body
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Chapter 50: Golden Love and Silver Love - Lesson 135
Love as an answer; love as a question
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Chapter 50: The Kabbalah of Music - Lesson 136
Escape and return; tension and resolution
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Chapter 50: Dealing With the Ultimate Paradox - Lesson 137
Where existence and non-existence converge
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Chapter 51: Anatomy of a Soul - Lesson 138
And its relationship with the body
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Chapter 51: Anatomy of the Brain - Lesson 139
And its relationship with the organism
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Chapter 51: The Mind & the Soul - Lesson 140
How the essence of the I connects with the brain
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Chapter 51: Where is G-d? - Lesson 141
Between G-ds essence and our experience of Him
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Chapter 52: Can We Talk About G-d? - Lesson 142
Why are there so many spiritual levels in Chassidus?
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Chapter 52: The Cosmic Brain (1) - Lesson 143
The Central Nervous system of the Divine presence
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Chapter 52: The Cosmic Brain (2) - Lesson 144
On the function and essence of Torah
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Chapter 53: What Makes a Place Holy? - Lesson 145
Isnt G-d everywhere?
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Chapter 53: The Evolution of Consciousness - Lesson 146
A journey through the three main periods of Jewish history
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Chapter 53: Creating a Holy of Holies In Your Life - Lesson 147
Through the four cubits of Halacah
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Chapter 53: How Do You Know If You Have a Relationship with G-d? - Lesson 148
If something is burning within you
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Summation of the Tanya, Chapters 1-25 - Lesson 149
Personal reflections on teaching Tanya
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Summation of the Tanya, Chapters 26-53 - Lesson 150
Personal reflections on teaching Tanya

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