September 17, 2007

Most Important Chassidic Reading

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 4:43 am

If you want to understand airplances, you start by reading about the Wright brothers. Should you want to learn about American History, you learn about Columbus and good old Abramham Lincoln. If you want to understand Litvish philosophy, you read about the Goan, Reb Moshe, Rav Aharon and Rav Shach. Now if you want to understand chassidus, put down your Rebbe’s sefarim, writings! Take out a Tzaavas Harivash. When you properly understand this Sefer from the Baal Shem Tov, you see that all Chassidic Masters are simply writing a commentary on this one sefer. This is the bread and butter of Chassidic thought as the Zohar is to Kabbalah.

After Rebbe Shimon wrote the Zohar, most Kabbalah written was simply a commentary thereon. The Tzaavas Harivash is one of the most underestimated, untraveled masterpieces of chassidic literature. It is the basis.

On free audio section, I have gone through this entire sefer on audio tapes. It is about six-eight hours of listening time.

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