The fundamental, classic work upon which all concepts in Chabad Chasidism are based, the Tanya is indispensable to an understanding of the Chasidic movement and the philosophy behind it. More importantly, it offers guidance for every facet of the day-to-day life of a Jew in his or her service to G-d. Reprinted more than 3,000 times and translated into eleven languages, including parts in Braille, Tanya is the magnum opus of the illustrious founder of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812). During the course of 20 years, Rabbi Schneur Zalman elaborated its style and form so punctiliously that it came to be regarded as the "Written Torah" of Chabad, a work in which every word and letter is meaningful. Tanya addresses itself to the challenges and aspirations of facing the "average" person. The range of subjects dealt with is breathtaking: the infinitude of G-d, the "mechanics" of Creation; the soul of the Jew; the structure of the human personality; the resolution of inner conflict; free will; Good and Evil; the nature of the cosmos; and the Messianic Age. Rabbi Schneur Zalman reveals how one can achieve perfect harmony between body and soul. In his system the esoteric and exoteric, the Kabbalah and Talmud, are thoroughly blended and unified, just as physical and metaphysical, body and soul, emerge as two aspects of the same unified reality, reflecting the unity of the Creator. The Tanya has been subdivided into small sections for daily study throughout a yearly cycle. (For study guides, see facing page.) Its treasures will enrich those on every level of knowledge. The handsome bi-lingual edition includes a lucid translator's introduction to each section as well as a glossary and extensive footnotes, providing an in-depth explanation of many concepts and technical terms.