The Magnum Opus of Chabad is a masterpiece called The Tanya, written 200 years ago by the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman. The Tanya is the ‫תורה שבכתב‬ (the written Torah) of Chassidus. In many ways it is compared to the standard traditions of the written Torah. The Tanya is divided into 54 chapters (including the introduction). And the Chassidim say that each chapter corresponds to one of the 54 Parshios of the Torah. The following is offered b’derech efshar, as a possible understanding of this concept. Possible Basis of Connection

Long Way, Short way Animal Soul G-dly Soul 10 powers (mother & children) Three Garments Special Unity with G-d in Learning Torah Understanding the Animal Soul ‫קליפת נוגה‬ Nature of evil K’lipas Nogah 3 levels of Tumeah Battle in the Small City 2 levels in a Tzadik 2 levels in a Rasha Benoni Like a Rasha Every person can be a Benoni

2 Stories of Creation Mankind Prior to the Jews First Jew Sarah & Yitzchak Hidden Miracles of Everyday Life Dweller in Tents (Yeshivah) Dealing with Galus Elevating the Environment Battling the Darkness (Eisav, Shechem) Descent into Egypt Yosef Rising to Power Maintaining His Essence Yehuda (Yaacov) vs. Yosef Blessings and Curses Dealing with Enslavement Paroh’s Options Liberation to Become a “Free” Person

Introduction Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14

‫בראשית‬ ‫נח‬ ‫לך לך‬ ‫וירא‬ ‫חיי שרה‬ ‫תולדות‬ ‫ויצא‬ ‫וישלח‬ ‫וישב‬ ‫מקץ‬ ‫ויגש‬ ‫ויחי‬ ‫שמות‬ ‫וארא‬ ‫בא‬

2 levels in a Benoni Recognizing the Greatness of HaShem Head Rules the Heart Hidden Love and Mesiras Nefesh Fear From Being Separated from HaShem G-d’s Singular Unity Appearance of a Separate Existence Selfness, Haughtiness, Idol Worship Torah & G-d are One Mahn & the Oasis of Transformation Matan Torah Laws and Reasons Gifts (Types of Love) to the Mishkan Beyond Expectations Building of the Mishkan Finding the Missing Link Jews Misunderstand Concept of Unity Keeping Focused Double Vision Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 ‫בשלח‬ ‫יתרו‬ ‫משפטים‬ ‫תרומה‬ ‫תצוה‬ ‫כי תשא‬ ‫ויקהל‬ ‫פקודי‬ ‫ויקרא‬ ‫צו‬ ‫שמיני‬ ‫תזריע‬ ‫מצורע‬ ‫אחרי מות‬ ‫קדושים‬ ‫אמר‬ ‫בהר‬ ‫בחקתי‬ ‫במדבר‬

Lesson of the Small Aleph Karbonos to Bring a Sinner Sin and Separation from G-d Closer to G-d Inner service in the Mishkan Revealing One’s Inner Powers Baby Steps, Adult Thinking Despair in Earthly Matters Lashon HaRa and Heavenly Matters Actions are Important Don’t Worry from Thoughts of Sin More Than Skin Deep Removing Disturbing Proper Intention While Thoughts in Time of Service Entering Holy of Holies Dullness of the heart Aspire don’t retire Making Room in Our Hearts Humbleness for G-d Distinction Between More Than Love Bitterness and Sadness Ahavas Yisrael Harmony in Life Traveling in the “Desert” of Happiness in G-dly Purpose Life

Happiness of the Soul Crying of the Body Merit of Action G-d Desires this Lowly World Fixing the World Through Doing a Mitzvah Deed and Intent Body and Soul Levels of Intention Wings of a Mitzvah – Love and Fear Love and Fear of HaShem Is Fear a Little Thing? Nesiim – Challenges of the Leaders Lighting the “Lamps” Spies Desired to be Removed from This World Stop Arguing, for G-d’s Sake Secrets of the Red Heifer Bilaam Attempted to Curse But Ended Up Blessing Pinchas’ Action Spiritual Battles Against the Forces of Darkness Road Sign to Messianic Consciousness Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36 Chapter 37 Chapter 38 Chapter 39 Chapter 40 Chapter 41 Chapter 42 Chapter 43 Chapter 44 Chapter 45 Chapter 46 Chapter 47 Chapter 48 Chapter 49 Chapter 50 Chapter 51 Chapter 52 Chapter 53 ‫נשא‬ ‫בהעלותך‬ ‫שלח‬ ‫קרח‬ ‫חקת‬ ‫בלק‬ ‫פינחס‬ ‫מטות‬ ‫מסעי‬ ‫דברים‬ ‫ואתחנן‬ ‫עקב‬ ‫ראה‬ ‫שופטים‬ ‫כי תצא‬ ‫כי תבוא‬ ‫נצבים‬ ‫וילך‬ ‫האזינו‬ ‫זאת‬ ‫הברכה‬

2 Levels in Fear and Love of Mishneh Torah HaShem Additional Levels of Love of Shema Yisrael HaShem Two Paragraphs Mercy on the Soul Heel of Life Love is Like the Reflection Set Before Us Choice of in the Water – Face to Face Good and Bad Daily Leaving of Egypt Cities of Refugee/Egla Arufah G-d Contracted His Infinite Going to War Light Through Tzimtzum in Battle with one’s inclination Order to Create This World Additional on Reflection of The Secrets of the Altar of a Face in the Water Joy All Standing Together to Do Love (gold) Thirst to Cling G-d’s Will to HaShem Key to Choosing Life Holy of Holies Complete in actions Revelation of G-d’s Song of Moshe Presence in Torah Hear the Music of Moshiach G-dly Soul Receives Fully When the Animal Soul Complete Blessing Fulfills Mitzvos


The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe once stated (Sefer HaSichos 5701, 142ff) that the four parts of Tanya correspond to the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch. The Previous Rebbe gives a short explanation of the connection between the revealed basic work of Chassidus and the revealed basic law book of Judaism.

‫אורח חיים‬
Path of Life

‫יורה דעה‬
Teaching Knowledge

‫ספר של בינונים‬
Established principals of everyday Chassidic life for the “normal” person

‫שער היחוד ואמונה‬
In twelve chapters proposes the means that a rational person can achieve “faith”

‫אבן העזר‬
Stone of Help

‫חושן משפט‬
Breastplate of Judgment

‫אגרת התשובה‬
Establishes the “home” life of a Chasid

‫אגרת הקדש‬
Fixing one’s attributes Matters of prayer, Tzedakah and service in the realms of Torah