The Beinoni in Tanya


Being a Beinoni:[1] Every person has the power and ability to be a Beinoni at any moment of his life, as every person is able to negate and push away a lust for a permitted or forbidden matter. Every person has complete control of what he does, what he speaks and what matters he thinks about. While what one feels is not in one’s control, it is in one’s control to give that feeling a platform of expression in one’s mind or to ignore it and push it away.  Every person should strive to be a Beinoni at all moments.

Will always have forbidden thoughts enter the head:[2] A Beinoni never be successful in completely banishing the evil that is within them, and will forever be troubled by forbidden thoughts that enter their head.

The essence of the evil doesn’t change:[3]  The essence of the animal soul doesn’t change: The reason for this is because the essence of the animal soul which comes from the side of evil retains its full strength in the Beinoni just like it was when it was first born.

Control of the garments:[4]  It is only the garments of the animal soul that the Beinoni is able to control, and limit the expression of his evil that is contained within them.


[1] Tanya Chapter 14

[2] Tanya Chapter 35

[3] Tanya Chapter 35

[4] Tanya Chapter 35

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