Praise for Rabbi Steinsaltz
“Steinsaltz is a genius of the highest order…the sort of mind that comes around only every couple thousand years.”—Newsweek
“[Steinsaltz has] a searing wit and is also a man for all seasons…as well versed in fundamental Jewish texts as he is in modern literature and scientific studies.”—Los Angeles Times
“The scope of Steinsaltz's work can only be compared to Rashi's [the great medieval commentator]. He has revolutionized the way the Talmud is studied. His commentaries will live for centuries.” —Washington Post
“Rabbi Steinsaltz is a distinguished educator and his commentary is extremely clear.” —Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
“Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is one of the world’s most respected Jewish scholars. His books are exceptionally clear commentaries on rabbinic, mystical, and Hasidic teachings.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Steinsaltz, a scholar of international renown, plumbs the depths of the Tanya (an eighteenth-century Jewish classic) in a line-by-line commentary on the text. He explores the intricacies of the human soul and body and the correlation between the two.” —Cleveland Jewish News
“Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz presents a comprehensive picture of the Tanya, the first and most fundamental book of Hasidism.” —San Diego Jewish Press Heritage
From the Inside Flap
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 KabbalahJewish 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 problemthe struggle between our Godly and animal souls.
The internationally celebrated Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, who has dedicated his life to the study, teaching, and writing of books that explain Jewish scripture, religious practice, spirituality, and mysticism is the author of this explanation and commentary on the Tanya.
The first book in the series, Opening the Tanya, introduced us to the "beinoni," that person who is neither inherently righteous nor evil, but who seeks to reach moral perfection even as he struggles with animal soul. The second volume, Learning from the Tanya, offers a deeper description of the moral tensions within each of us. This third volume, Understanding the Tanya,continues where volume two left off in its page-by-page commentary on the linear sequence of the Tanya's original text.