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Often, when someone comes to a synagogue to pray who never does otherwise, and it's not a red-letter day on the calendar, it's because he's commemorating a relative's yahrzeit that day and wants to be with a minyan to say kadish. I propose that the rabbi assumed that about you. Many have the custom of lighting a candle on a relative's yahrzeit.


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There is no Neturei Karta dress code: Each member dresses according to his custom or preference. That being said, many are very religious and seek a old fashioned outwards appearance. Therefore, many will e.g. opt for a flat shtreimel without "crown". Your pictures: The graybearded man is a Hirsch1. He is anti-chassidic litvish, and wears the traditional ...


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The most susinct summation of what the Ba'al Shem Tov innovated I have seen is from the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe in Kuntres Toras HaChassidus: מורנו הבעש"ט נ"ע פתח צנור היכולת בעבודת השי"ת, בהוראה והדרכה אשר כל אחד ואחד מישראל יכול לעבוד את הוי' באהבה וביראה. גם אנשים פשוטים הנה על ידי תמימות עבודתם באמירת תהלים - אף גם כשאינם יודעים פירוש המלות - ...


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From Wikipedia: Symbolism According to Rabbi Aaron Wertheim, Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz (1726–1791) stated, "The acronym for Shabbos is: Shtreimel Bimkom Tefillin -- the shtreimel takes the place of tefillin."[4] Since wearing special clothing on Shabbat is a form of sanctification, among the Hasidim of Galicia and Hungary, the shtreimel is associated ...


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You seem to be asking two things: "what it was that was so new" – past tense: when chassidus was a new thing "how Chassidus defines itself" – present tense: chassidus today So, in very short form: Increasing emotional attachment to Judaism by incorporating aspects of kabbalah into daily life (esp. prayers and rituals) under the closer supervision of a ...


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The Lubavitche Rebbe said that there are four explanations on "What is Chassidus": The [Jewish] world was in a faint, and the Baal Shem Tov woke them up. A Chossid does more than the law requires Through Chassidus, a person can change his natural traits to G-dly traits. Chassidus innovated that even a simple unrefined person can understand G-dliness The ...



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