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Daily Spiritual Motivation

Inspired by the Tanya

By Sara Blau

Daily Spiritual Motivation

Inspired by the Tanya

By Sara Blau

A woman's guide to the foundational text of Tanya. 

Unlock its life-changing secrets with daily meditations and practical tools for life.
 

“Some of our greatest treasures in life are right there within us, but often we need someone to make us aware of them. Close to You does just that — revealing the life-changing methods of the classic book of Tanya in practical and relevant doses of inspiration." 


- Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Note from the Author

Life in the 21st century could be hectic. It could be a kaleidoscope of flashing images and technology, with multiple responsibilities vying for our attention. And as life swirls around us in blinding color, we sometimes crave that calm, grounding center: something to hold onto so that everything else could settle. We search for a piece of sanity, a spiritual anchor.


The holy book of Tanya is such a source. It is a book of deep spiritual concepts, yet written for the average Jew. It is based on a verse in Deuteronomy 30:14: “No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it....” Close to You is literally the point of the Tanya, and the actual point of this volume you are holding in your hand. What better way to provide a center for the modern Jewish woman than with a book of short bursts of inspiration: nuggets that can inspire you and motivate you to serve G-d according to your capacity; a book to invite you to delve deeper whenever you have the chance; a book to show you that it is close to you to serve G-d whoever you are, wherever you are?


Serving G-d is relevant. Serving G-d is realistic. And here is a manual to show you, in bite-sized nuggets, just how.


Just like a well-rounded meal has an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert, each piece in this book has a hook, an expounded idea, and a takeaway dessert for you to keep chewing on—a line that you can take with you, sweet as chocolate pudding, to inspire the rest of your day. That can help you get unstuck emotionally and spiritually, and keep you focused during the day.


So if you’ve never studied Tanya, this book is for you.

If you’ve studied Tanya just a bit but felt it was out of your league, this is for you. And if you’ve studied the Tanya but are at a loss how to apply its teachings to everyday life, this is for you.


Use this book as a springboard for meditation. Journal about it. Internalize the one-liners that can accompany you throughout your day, proving to you that it is indeed Close to You to serve G-d with true love and awe.


Sara Blau


Sara Blau

Sara Blau is an educator and creative at heart. She has written over twenty children’s books, as well as 150 articles on Chabad.org. She has lectured internationally to audiences of all ages and stages, aiming to impart Chassidic values in everyday terms. 


She would love to hear from you!


For info, feedback, or bookings, please email Info@sarablau.com.


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Tanya opens up doors of wisdom. So much to learn, so much insight into living truth! I am loving Sara's work on making Tanya accessible. Thank you!


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I love how you go through the Tanya perek by perek and extract the most practical parts... the areas that are so relatable and helpful in life! 



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Thank you for Tanya to go. These presentations are exceptional. They keep getting better and better! It's beautiful and such a talent!



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