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Tanya - A Tale of Two Souls

presented by Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson

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Side A (34:11)

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Historical Overview: The Life and Times of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi - Tape 1
A leader who revolutionized the landscape of Jewish thought
Side A (28:59)

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General Overview: Man in Search of Identity - Tape 2
Two sous on the battlefield of life
Side A (40:10)

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Author's Forward: Discovering Your Personal Path to G-d - Tape 3
Can a book serve as a guide for the aching soul?
Side A (29:54)

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Chapter 1: Five Categories Within the Jewish People - Tape 4
Redefining the make-up of Jewish Personality
Side A (36:12)

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Chapter 1: The Body and Soul of Torah - Tape 5
On the distinguishing features of Halach vs. Kabbalah
Side A (42:29)

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Chapter 1: The Jewish Animal - Tape 6
The positive and negative qualities of the animal in man
Side A (44:27)

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Chapter 2: The Divine Consciousness of the Jew - Tape 7
A projection of Hashem's intimate self
Side A (44:55)

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Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Soul in Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah - Tape 8
Philosophers, kabbalists and Chassidic masters debate the composition of the human consciousness
Side A (54:09)

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Chapter 2: The Function of a Rebbe - Tape 9
The Role of a Rebbe in our relationship to Hashem
Side A (39:44)

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Chapter 2: The Sanctity of Intimacy - Tape 10
And its effect on the character of your children
Side A (38:54)

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Chapter 3: The Ten Building Blocks of Creation - Tape 11
And their mystical connection to ten letters of the Hebrew Alphabet
Side A (35:38)

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Chapter 3: Workings of the Mind (1): Chochmah and Binah - Tape 12
The primal flash of inspiration and its integration in the mind
Side A (35:45)

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Chapter 3: How To Develop A Love Towards G-d - Tape 13
Can we experience an intimate relationship with the ultimate reality?
Side A (37:33)

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Chapter 3: Workings of the Mind (2): Daas - Tape 14
Transforming impersonal abstractions into personal realities
Side A (40:10)

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Chapter 3: The Seven Experiential Sefirot - Tape 15
The roadmap of the human personality: the seven emotional attributes
Side A (41:35)

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Chapter 4: Opening Windows to The Soul - Tape 16
The Three Outer Garments of A Jew's Subconscious
Side A (31:53)

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Chapter 4: On The Essence of A Mitzvah - Tape 17
Is A Mitzvah Performed by Rote Worth Anything?
Side A (38:01)

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Chapter 4: The Voyage of Torah - Tape 18
Four Stages in Torah's Journey From Heaven To Earth
Side A (48:31)

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Chapter 4: Why This World Is Greater Than The World To Come - Tape 19
The Day The Great Maggid Saved His Students From Extinction
Side A (37:59)

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Chapter 5: A Marriage of Minds Between Man and G-d - Tape 20
The Significance of Torah Study In The Life of The Jew
Side A (32:30)

Side B (31:40)
Chapter 5: Gastronomic Torah - Tape 21
The Process of Digesting and Internalizing G-dliness In One's Life
Side A (31:36)

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Chapter 6: The Chemistry of The Animal Soul - Tape 22
A Life Driven by Impulse and Temptation vs. Reflection and Vision
Side A (49:18)

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Chapter 6: Surrendering The Ego To G-d - Tape 23
A Jew In Ireland Recounts His Battle With Hashem
Side A (55:34)

Side B (55:22)
Chapter 7: The Two Hiding Places of G-d - Tape 24
In One You Can Find Him; In One You Can't
Side A (40:56)

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Chapter 7: How To Deal With A Dark Past - Tape 25
Channeling Pain and Despair Into A Force For Good
Side A (54:20)

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Chapter 7: Perversion of Intimacy - Tape 26
Abusing The Deepest Powers of The Human Soul
Side A (29:37)

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Chapter 8: Can Forbidden Substances Become Holy? - Tape 27
The Fundamental Difference Between The Permitted And The Forbidden
Side A (51:55)

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Chapter 8: The Journey of A Bruised Soul In Its Afterlife - Tape 28
Divine Therapy For A G-dly Soul Tainted By A Course World
Side A (39:30)

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Chapter 9: The Two Souls Assume Their Combat Positions - Tape 29
One Grabes The Heart; The Other Takes The Mind
Side A (45:12)

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Chapter 9: The Two Souls Declare War - Tape 30
The Never-Ending Struggle Between The Drive For Self-Indulgence And The Longing For Transcendence
Side A (37:04)

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Chapter 9: The Two Souls Convene - Tape 31
Alexander The Great Discovers Idealism In The African Mountains
Side A (30:23)

Side B (29:45)
Chapter 10: The Value of Teenage Rebellion - Tape 32
Reorienting vs. Rejecting The Pure Energies Of An Unihibited Soul
Side A (46:27)

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Chapter 10: A Tale of Two Loves - Tape 33
The Spiritual Battle Between The Sourcerer And The Chabad Chassid
Side A (52:10)

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Chapter 10: Can A Tzaddik Sin? - Tape 34
How Reb Chaim Soloveitchik Attempted To Dry The Tears Of The Lubavitcher Rebbe
Side A (33:11)

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Chapter 11: Jewish Guilt - Tape 35
The id of Freudian Psychology vs. The Yid of Chabad Chassidism
Side A (29:59)

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Chapter 12: The Super Man, The Weak Man and The Possible Man - Tape 36
Three Soldiers On The Battlefield Of Life; One Wins, One Loses And One Fights
Side A (29:29)

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Chapter 12: Mind Over Heart (1) - Tape 37
How To Deal With Unhealthy Urges and Impulses
Side A (39:19)

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Chapter 12: Mind Over Heart (2) - Tape 38
How To Deal With Feelings Of Anger and Animosity
Side A (37:48)

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Chapter 13: The Souls Go To Court - Tape 39
Two Litigants Battle For Dominion Over Our Lives. But Who's The Judge?
Side A (36:57)

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Chapter 13: The Hero of The Tanya - Tape 40
Beautiful On The Inside, Beautiful On The Outside, Ugly In Between
Side A (40:33)

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Chapter 13: On The Definition of Truth - Tape 41
Some People Experience It In Paradise - Others At A Hot Dog Stand
Side A (27:32)

Side B (27:30)
Chapter 14: How To Gain Control Over Your Life - Tape 42
A Meditation To Fight Off One's Strongest Impulses
Side A (33:51)

Side B (33:53)
Chapter 14: The Aspiration To Become Saintly - Tape 43
A Mission Statement For People Who Can Never Become Tzaddikim
Side A (47:21)

Side B (47:01)
Chapter 15: Complacent Jews - Tape 44
Rabbi Schneur Zalman's War Against Rebelion's Comfort Zone
Side A (49:56)

Side B (50:03)
Chapter 16: What To Do When You Can't Feel (1) - Tape 45
Using Your Mind To Create Deep Relationships
Side A (41:46)

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Chapter 16: What To Do When You Can't Feel (2) - Tape 46
How Can Emotional Vacuum Can Become An Invitation For G-d
Side A (27:06)

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Chapter 17: Emotional Love and Practical Love - Tape 47
In Our World, The Latter Is The Most Essential
Side A (39:49)

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Chapter 17: Hitting Rock Bottom - Tape 48
The path to recovery for those who have lost control over their lives
Side A (33:19)

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Chapter 18: The Long Road & the Short Road to Inspiration - Tape 49
Relating to G-d as a spouse; as a sibling
Side A (27:20)

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Chapter 18: The Art of Becoming Nothing - Tape 50
Escorting your mind out invites G-d in
Side A (39:49)

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Chapter 18: On the Definition of Faith - Tape 51
The capacity of the soul to experience ultimate reality
Side A (28:20)

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Chapter 18: Jewish Martyrdom - Tape 52
What Inspired the Jewish people to give up their lives for their faith?
Side A (55:11)

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Chapter 19: What Is a Soul? - Tape 53
The quest to become nothing
Side A (43:04)

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Chapter 19: Living With the Real You - Tape 54
How to open windows to the super-conscious forces of your soul
Side A (33:28)

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Chapter 20: A History of Monotheism - Tape 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 - Tape 56
The path of Chassidism to self-actualization
Side A (53:28)

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Chapter 20: A Tale of Two Unity's - Tape 57
The cosmic program for achieving meaningful relationships
Side A (55:08)

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Chapter 21: The Chassidic Theory of Relativity - Tape 58
The simultaneous existence and non-existence of the world
Side A (53:10)

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Chapter 22: The Soul of Evil - Tape 59
What place does evil have in the all-pervading reality of G-d?
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Chapter 22: The Delusion of Ego - Tape 60
The biggest existence of all is not existent
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Chapter 23: Three Levels of Intimacy (1) - Tape 61
A chariot, a body, and a soul
Side A (52:34)

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Chapter 23: Three Levels of Intimacy (2) - Tape 62
On the ultimate significance of Torah study in the life of the Jew
Side A (31:05)

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Chapter 24: Living the Lie - Tape 63
On the essence of sin
Side A (42:44)

Side B (41:18)
Chapter 24: The Tragedy of Sin (1) - Tape 64
A dysfunctional relationship with reality
Side A (42:25)

Side B (42:12)
Chapter 24: The Tragedy of Sin (2) - Tape 65
Abusing the child within
Side A (52:07)

Side B (52:19)
Chapter 25: How Do I Become Inspired? - Tape 66
Summary of chapters 18-25 of the Tanya
Side A (46:49)

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Chapter 25: How to Deal with the Sour Moments of a Relationship - Tape 67
The difference between "being right" and "being happy"
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Chapter 26: Using Sadness as a Tool for Personal Growth - Tape 68
The feelings of joy that are born out of grief
Side A (39:06)

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Chapter 26: How to Deal with Pain (1) - Tape 69
Discovering the intimate language of G-d
Side A (44:47)

Side B (35:03)
Chapter 26: How to Deal with Pain (2) - Tape 70
The day Moses struck the rock, our lives were changed forever
Side A (45:48)

Side B (42:05)
Chapter 27: Confronting Your Inner Demons (1) - Tape 71
Cherishing the opportunity to resist even one ugly temptation
Side A (34:15)

Side B (35:22)
Chapter 27: Confronting Your Inner Demons (2) - Tape 72
Souls designated to serve G-d in the battlefield
Side A (48:16)

Side B (49:59)
Chapter 28: Can We Sublimate Our Ugly Cravings to Holiness - Tape 73
The great debate among the early Chassidic Masters
Side A (36:32)

Side B (36:57)
Chapter 28: What to Do About Distracting Thoughts During Prayer - Tape 74
Smile and go on
Side A (35:56)

Side B (36:17)
Chapter 29: How to Deal with Emotional Numbness - Tape 75
When a broken heart is actually good for you
Side A (45:09)

Side B (46:03)
Chapter 29: The Positive Effect of Negative Thinking - Tape 76
An exchange between a Talmudic Sage and an ugly man
Side A (50:13)

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Chapter 29: How to Handle a Crisis of Faith - Tape 77
Acknowledge, but don't embrace
Side A (41:58)

Side B (39:42)
Chapter 30: Street-Corner Jews (1) - Tape 78
Can we truly be humble before them?
Side A (37:52)

Side B (36:40)
Chapter 30: Street-Corner Jews (2) - Tape 79
A realistic look at those who we believe are inferior to ourselves

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