Tanya

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. The foundational text of Chabad Lubavitch written by the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi.

Example Sentences

  • "In camp, we had a competition to see who could memorize the most Tanya by heart."

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • תניא tanya 'it is stated [in a baraita]' (the first word of the text)

    • Who Uses This

      • Chabad: Jews affiliated with the Chabad Lubavitch movement

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

  • First published in 1797. "Considered to be a classic work of Jewish mysticism" (Eisenberg & Scolnic). Also known as the Likutei Amarim.

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