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Understanding the Tanya

Volume Three in the Definitive Commentary on a Classic Work of Kabbalah by the World's Foremost Authori

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz


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Understanding the Tanya guides the reader through one of the most extraordinary books of moral teachings ever written. The Tanya is a seminal document in both the study of Hasidic thought and of Kabbalah—Jewish mysticism. With a keen understanding of the profound struggles within the human soul, the Tanya helps us understand how we can raise ourselves to higher and higher spiritual levels.


Timeless in its approach, the Tanya addresses specific moral problems and dilemmas and delves into their root causes, distilling the universal predicaments of humankind and offering solutions that can change the way we view ourselves and conduct our lives. The Tanya explores the workings of the soul and examines the complexities, doubts, and drives within all of us as expressions of a single basic problem—the struggle between our Godly and animal souls.


Jossey-Bass, 9780787988265, 384pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2007

About the Author

Adin Steinsaltz is internationally regarded as one of the most brilliant and influential rabbis of our time. Scholar, teacher, scientist, author, mystic, and social critic, Rabbi Steinsaltz is well known for his monumental Random House multi-volumed commentary on the Babylonian Talmud, and many other books for the religious, secular, and even non-Jewish market. For JB/Wiley, he has written "The Miracle of the Seventh Day, Opening the Tanya, " "We Jews" and is the subject of the book "On the Road With Rabbi Steinsaltz." He is recipient of the prestigious Israel Prize, which is that country's highest honor, and has been a resident scholar at Yale, Princeton, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C.