One of the biggest criticisms against Lubavitch is that it does not put emphasis on learning Talmud and only on learning Chassidus. One of the biggest farce in Lubavitch circles is that those critics are actually correct and we really shouldn’t be spending time learning Talmud when we could be learning Chassidus.
HaYom Yom 5 Adar
Studying Talmud and related works, studying Chassidus, and actual avoda, are all imperative. Not only can there be no thought of one superseding or being superseded by the other, on the contrary, their relationship is symbiotic, mutually enriching: An ignorant person cannot be a chassid, so the study of Talmud and halacha is an absolute necessity. Who is a chassid? He who conducts himself with piety toward his Creator, so there must be the study of Chassidus, and the ultimate purpose of all study is, after all, actual avoda.
Kuntres Etz Chaim by the Rebbe Rashab
The entire sefer is dedicated to how to approach learning Chassidus as well as Gemara.
In the early 1970s, Rabbi Meir Tzvi Gruzman sought the Rebbe’s advice on motivating the students of his Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva in their study of Talmud.
Click the link to watch the video.
Learn Gemara, often.