Why do Chabad Chassidim write ב''ה at the top of pages and most other Jews write בס''ד? I already know what these acronyms mean, I was just wondering why there is a difference. (ברוך השם and בסייעתא דשמיא, "Blessed is Hashem" and "With the help of Heaven")

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    Incidentally, from my experience, ב"ה used to be much more common, and only more recently, has בס"ד taken off.
    – mevaqesh
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:11
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    ב"ה is be'ezras Hashem, with G-d's help, that essentially means the same thing, not as you wrote.
    – Miriam
    Aug 8, 2016 at 19:12
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    @Miriam - I've always seen בעזרת השם written like this: בעז''ה or בע''ה. Also my many Chabad friends have told me it stands for ברוך השם.
    – ezra
    Aug 8, 2016 at 19:22
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    Ezra, I usually follow the same abbreviation scheme as you quote in your comment, but most people understand ב”ה at the top of a page to be בעזרת ה׳, rather than ברוך ה׳. Aug 8, 2016 at 19:41
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    there is no specific custom in chabad to write it either way. I have seen it done both ways.
    – Dude
    Feb 20, 2017 at 3:49

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Baruch HaShem - is usually used when thanking hashem Bisiyata deshmaya or bezras hashem- means with the help of hashem so it's for when there is something that is a good action and your asking for hashems help. Im yaritz hashem- of hashem wants involves things that are either out of your control or when you are not sure if this is a good action.

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