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When Communist Russia came to power, and Jews were in danger, the Russian Jews (which included Lubavitch) began cutting their peyos short as to avoid distinction, wearing fedoras to cover their kippos, and a long Prince Edward frock coat in place of the traditional bekishe. By the time Lubavitch wound up in the States, these customs were well set and ...


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There's several types of Shlichus Merkoz Shlichus. This is temporary shlichus. Often Bochurim in small groups, often 2 people, travel around to areas temporarily. They'll visit the Jewish homes in the area and move on to the next place. Also included is when they go to places to make a seder. Groups of Bochurim travel to another city and help the ...


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There were several things. One was the Rebbe's innovation of learning Rambam everyday to finish it in 1 years or 3 years. R. Shach mocked it saying that people already knew of the Rambam before the Rebbe came around, and he said that no one should follow the Rebbe's Rambam learning cycle. (He supported daf yomi, and never rejected it saying that people knew ...


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The Rebbe didn't actually write many seforim. He wrote hayom yom in the name of the Friediker Rebbe and a Haggadah (and I think he also wrote a biography of the Rebbe Maharash). igros kodesh is from his letters, which I think some were written by him and some were dictated to the secretary. The rest is from his sichos (speeches) and ma'amorim (chassidus ...


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By doing those specific things the rebbe told us will bring moshiach 1) “They should add in learning Torah – nigleh and chassidus, 2) fulfilling mitzvos b'hidur, 3) adding in ahavas Yisroel and 4) the spreading of chassidus.” Specifically adding in learning should include inyanim in geula and about moshiach ...


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The Rebbe meant that mashiach is a transition between a spiritually collapsing universe and a spiritually expanding universe. The closer we align our actions to the state of the world after mashiach arrives, the less of a change there has to be in the current world order for mashiach to arrive. Therefore mashiach needs you as much as you need mashiach.


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Does he have the most published seforim out of all gedolim? Many of 'his' books are (near-)transcriptions of what he said, in many cases not even corrected by him ("בלתי מוגה"). Since God taught the complete explanation of Chumash (plus some other stuff) to Moses at Sinai, the gadol with the most published books is הקל הגדול.


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It seems to be coused by the Rebbe's sicha which sais to put this time (and to copy the Rebbe's if there minhagim became public, but specifically by weddings, by a marriage ain sof power is needed the leader of the generation brings it to us so we should act like him) י. האמור לעיל הוא בנוגע למנהגים בכלל. ובפרט בנוגע למנהגי חתונה – ה"ז בודאי נוגע לכל, ...


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On Hebrewbooks i made a search (of scanned books) for author שניאורסון, מנחם מנדל, 1902 I get 322 (some of them have the same sicha/maamar/point printed in 2 different books (sometimes translated differently or just in different orders))


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In the Path of the Just ch.1 Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato says: Behold, our sages, of blessed memory, have taught us that man was created solely to rejoice in G-d and to delight in the splendor of the Shechina (divine presence). For this is true joy, and the greatest possible pleasure that can possibly exist. The place of this joy is, in truth, in ...


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In his letters printed in michtavim umaamarim (Simanim 534 and 535), Rav Shach responded to an accusation of disliking chasidim in general. He vehemently denied this, stating as proof that there were many chasidim that had learned in his Yeshiva. The only sect of chassidus he said he wanted nothing to do with was chabbad. The reason he gave was that every ...


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According to the Leshem, the cherem of the Gra against chassidim was primarily on Chabad. Rav Shach never objected to the Rebbe's philosophy, as Judaism is an open playing field in this area, he objected to halachical abberations such as not sleeping in the succah. He also objected to Chabad not working on communal issues together with other groups, this ...


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Otzar Minhagei Chabad says that the Sefer "Minhag Israel Torah" says that there was an old Chassidic custom to stay up on the seventh night of Pesach and say over miracle stories. However, some aren't happy with this custom (it doesn't say the reason in Otzar Minhagei Chabad and I don't have a copy of Minhag Yisrael Torah). Presumably, the reason to stay up ...


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I was under the impression Nusach Ha-Arizal was the precursor to Nusach Sefard. Nusach Sefard being an umbrella term for the various Chassidic Nusach.


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The Shulchan Aruch says that one may only eat from a shochet that has yiras shamayim (fear of heaven). Since this is a matter of a person's character that you cannot simply test, one solution is to only eat from shochetim that one knows personally and trusts. In old-world shtetls where everyone in the village knew everyone else, this was a common practice. ...



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