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Watch our past classes:
 

Intro and beginning of 1st Chapter - Feb 14, 2022 (Purim Katan 5782):


Summary:
We asked 3 foundational questions of the Tanya – who am i? how to be happy? And why was I born?
And we started reading the beingining of chapter 1, that talks about the oath “be a Tzadik”, and asked why we should see ourselves in a negative way “see yourself as a rasha”?

Chapter 1 - Part 1 - Feb 21, 2022 / 20 Adar 5782:


Summary: 
W e learned to look internally, there's the external perspective of the behavior, then the definition of Tzadik rasha and beinoni is according the mitzvot the man accomplishes.
And there’s the internal perspective on the personality and identity of the person, according to that, the definitions depend on the good and bad that are inside the soul.

Chapter 1  - Part 2


Summary:
We learned the foundation of 2 souls: The Animalistic soul is selfish and worries only about herself, and the G‑dly soul only thinks about Hashem.
We learned about the 4 elements and bad qualities that come from the animal soul.
And we discovered that even the good qualities that Jews have, come from the animal soul.

 

Chapter 2 - Part 1

Summary:
Every Jew is an actual part of Hashem, as we see from the fact that 1. we’re called Hashem’s children, 2. created through thought vs. speech and 3. created through breathing vs. speech. Even though there’s differences between the Jews, we’re still from the same source, and that’s why every Jew is holy in essence.

Chapter 2 - Part 2

Summary:
We expanded on the structure of the Jewish people. Just like in the creation of a child, the pregnancy is responsible for the differences between the organs, and in the end, all organs have 1 source, 1 identity and make 1 body; so too, the process of the descent of the Neshama is responsible for the personal journey of each Soul, and in the end all Neshamot have 1 source, 1 identity and make 1 body. This is done with the connection to the Tzadik, which is like the brain, and he connects us to the true and original essence – actual part of Hashem above.
We hear in life the voice of our G‑dly soul at different occasions (conscience, faith, sacrifice and spiritual elevation), even if we don’t always recognize it as the revelation of our G‑dly soul. Our work is to let the G‑dly soul express itself more in our life, listen to it, recognize it and behave according to her will.
 

Chapter 3

Summary:
The soul is derived from 10 powers, that come from the 10 upper sfirot – this is the meaning of man created in the image of G‑d.
The 10 powers are divided into 2 categories, 3 intellectual powers (Chochma, Bina and Daat = Chaba"d) and 7 emotional powers (Chesed, Gvura, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, Malchut).
The mind generates emotions. The difference between Chochma and Bina is the idea vs. the development of the idea, they are are the father and mother bringing children – who are the emotions. The end of this chapter expands on the special value of Daat – the internalization and personal connection, which is the Key to emotions. 

Chapter 4 Part 1



Summary:
The soul has tools of expression, called Garments (לבושים): Thought, speech and action.
On one hand the garments express the soul just like clothing express who the person is, but on the other hand, the garments aren't part of the soul and don’t always express the truth inside, just like clothing aren’t part of the person and don’t always express who he is.
T
he G‑dly soul uses the garments for 1 goal – to connect to Hashem. With thought – to understand the Torah, with speech, to talk words of Torah, and with action, to do the Mitzvot.
We discovered the combination of Love of G‑d and Fear of G‑d. Love brings to actively do the 248 positive Mitzvot, and Fear brings the person to avoid doing the 248 negative Mitzvot.

Chapter 4 Part 2

 

Summary: The garments of the soul enable her to practice Torah and Mitzvot, and in this way they’re more important than the soul itself. The reason for this is, because Torah is Hashem’s wisdom and is part of Him, the only way to connect to Him is by practicing Torah and Mitzvot with our 3 garments (thought, speech and action).
From this perspective, it’s more important to be a Jew of action than a Jew at heart.
Even though Hashem is unlimited, he restricted himself to 613 limited Mitzvot, all this, so that we have the possibility to connect to Him.
That’s why Torah is compared to water. Just like the water go down from high to low, so the Torah came down from above to below, until it deals with the most physical things of life.

 

Chapter 4 Part 3

Summary: W hen a Jew does Mitzvot, Hashem wraps his life from all directions and the Jew merits a G‑dly hug. This is the advantage of doing Mitzvot in this world over the world to come.

Chapter 5 Part 1


Summary:  We learned the special value of learning, especially learning Torah. When a person learns a piece of wisdom, his wisdom grasps and gets the idea, until it becomes a part of him. Torah comes from Hashem, every Halacha is an expression of Hashem’s wisdom and will. When a person learns Torah, Hashem’s wisdom penetrates in his brain, until it becomes a part of him.

 

Chapter 5 Part 2

Summary:  We learned the special value of learning Torah, that Hashem’s wisdom penetrates and shapes our personal wisdom, like food that influences the body.  This is the advantage of learning over action.

 

Chapter 6 Part 1:


Summary: Chapter 6 describes our Animalistic soul.

We learned about the full contrast inside ourselves:
- 2 souls: G‑dly soul that searches for Hashem, vs Animalistic soul self centered
- 10 powers, the 3 intellectual powers and 7 emotional ones: By the G‑dly soul, they serve Hashem's will, the mind is before the emotions, by the animal soul, the mind and emotions serve the ego, the emotion is before the mind.
- 3 garments: Thought speech and action. The G‑dly soul uses them for Torah and Mitzvot, and the Animalistic soul uses them for the vanities of the world.
 

Chapter 6 Part 2

Summary:
The foundational division of the world: Kedusha and Sitra Achra. Kedusha, holiness, includes everything that is nullified to Hashem. Sitra acha is the other side, everything that's not Kdusha and includes everything considered an independent existence.
Klipot (Peels) is the world, the means to the goal. The fruit is Holiness, the goal. (Peels are necessary for the goal, they protect the fruit and can be eater with the fruit)
There's 2 types of Klipot: Shalosh Klipot Hatmeot, like the hard peel that can't be eaten, impure things that can't connect to G‑d, that we should stay away from, & Klipat Nogah, like the peel that can be eaten and is part of the fruit, they can become holy.