Rabbi Ben Zion Krasnianski, Shliach of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, began teaching Tanya at his Chabad house over 14 years ago.
One of the class attendees, an inter-married kibbutznik from Israel (where they made a feast every Yom Kippur) was extremely taken by everything he was learning. Being a professional in video and sound for movies, he joined together with the Rabbi and embarked on a project to bring the classes to the web.
On Yud Tes Kislev 2004, they recorded their the first class. It quickly gained traction. Presently, there are tens of thousands of listeners in over 90 countries. The classes are available online at www.tanyaclass.com, a podcast, a phone app, chabad.org and even has its own cable show called “Kabbalah and the psychology of the soul” on channel MNN.
Rabbi Krasnianski brings a beautiful blend of in-depth, high level learning, coupled with humor, stories and down to earth application. Students walk away with a deep understanding while also feeling empowered in their personal lives.
Many Shluchim prepare their own Tanya classes from Rabbi Krasnianski’s.
Some listeners include:
Professor Ran Kivetz of Columbia University, leading expert in behavioral economics who says, “I have learned more from the little Tanya that I’ve learned than all my years of research.”
Rabbi Mottel Krasnianski (a brother) met someone in Australia who said he became shomer shabbos from listening to Tanyaclass.com.
The superstar rapper Nissim Black introduced himself to the Rabbi at the Kotel, asked if he was Rabbi Krasnianski and told him he began his journey of becoming a Jew through listening to tanyaclass.com.
Today, Mr. Chen Harpaz, (the kibbutznik to whom the credit is due for bringing the classes to the web) sports a beard, is an inspired Jew, and is engaged to be married to a wonderful Jewish woman in Yerushalayim!
This Tuesday, this 14 year journey arrives at its climactic conclusion. Rabbi Krasnianski will teach his final class! All his fans, devotees and listeners are invited to come in person to celebrate this milestone with him and personally thank him. The final class will be followed by a celebratory Farbrengen.
Join Rabbi Ben Zion Krasnianski for a milestone celebration. On Tuesday, December 18 / 6:30pm at Chabad Upper East Side 419 E 77th Street / NYC and live at Chabad.org.