Shemot: Bicentennial of a Revolution: The True Father of Psychology



Modern-day psychology believes that we humans are evolved beasts, driven by primal, narcissistic needs and feelings. What can we truly expect of such creatures who are obsessed with the survival of the fittest? What can we really look forward to when we consider the future of the human race? At best, not much, it would seem, and at worst, horror and destruction.

But is that the way it really is?

This sermon dissects our current view of the human psyche, and offers a fresh psychological model – a revolutionary way to think about ourselves and the world. In so doing, it examines the ground-breaking teachings of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya and Shulchan Aruch.

As we honor the 200th anniversary of his passing this Motzei Shabbat, it is appropriate to recognize his pioneering approach to the human psyche. His teachings present a profound philosophy that plumbs the depths of Talmud and Kabbalah and integrate it all into a systematic lifestyle – joining ritual and spiritual in a seamless union.

The key is the cardinal mitzvah of the Torah: Love your neighbor as yourself.

The intimate appreciation of each soul’s divine nature fuels the drive to relate to all with unmatched warmth and without judgment. Eternal and humble respect for the mysterious journey of every unique soul, and the responsibility to do everything possible to actualize that soul’s potential, lies at the heart of the commitment to not just warm yourself in this cold universe but to warm all those around you.

Discover how the Alter Rebbe’s Chassidus empowers and changes lives.


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