A Yearning for Unity: The Fulcrum of Chabad Chassidut
Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe / June 9, 2016
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Throughout the literature of the Chabad movement, from its first written expression in the Likutei Amarim of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi to the writings of the most recent rebbe, a singular vision remains constant: the essential unity of God within the chaotic multiplicity that characterize our limited perception of reality. The teaching of Chabad emphasizes that even what appear to us as fragmentation and darkness is, in its essence, unity and light. Ein od milvado—“there is nothing but God.” We are called upon to transmute our experiences to reflect this reality. In this session, we will explore this calling, focusing on texts from the first Rebbe of Chabad, the Baal haTanya, with commentary from the subsequent six generations.
Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe
Shlomo Yaffe directs Chabad of Watertown, MA and the Institute for Judaic Knowledge. He is Dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law, based in New York, NY, and a regular lecturer for BatSheva Academy, an institution providing advanced, in-depth, and full-spectrum Torah study for women.