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Chabad is a branch of Hassidim that focuses heavily on Chassidus as an intellectual pursuit, and on outreach to nonobservant Jews.

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Chassidim selling their silver ataros to bail their Rebbe from prison

Today is Yud-Tes Kislev, the anniversary of the day the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch1 was released from prison. I once heard that his chassidim sold their silver ataros on their tallisos to pay for his ...
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Why does chabad say “Yisbareich” instead of “yisbarach”?

Why according to the Nusach Ari (siddur "Tehilat Hashem") does it say "yisbareich" instead of "yisbarach" in Kaddish?
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Chabad nusach for Birkat Hamazon

I noticed that in the last part of Birkat Hamazon, at the level of the pesukim יראו את ה' קדושיו ... יְראוּ אֶת יְיָ קְדֹשָׁיו, כִּי אֵין מַחְסוֹר לִירֵאָיו. כְּפִירִים רָשׁוּ וְרָעֵבוּ, וְדֹרְשֵׁי ...
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Why is the Torah (itself) called an inheritance

my question concerns the Maamer "Torah Tziva" (ה'תשכ"ג). (try to read at least the first 3 paragraphs, since that's what my question is on) תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהלת יעקב1, שהתורה היא ירושה2 לכאו"...
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Why is Hashkiveinu not considered a hefsek between Ga'al Yisra'el and the Amidah (Chabad)?

Read this first: Veshameru in Chabad siddur TL;DR Many recite Veshamru (Shemot 31:16) before the Amidah in the Friday night Ma'ariv service. The custom in Chabad, however, is to not recite this ...
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Who is Zevadyah, and why is he mentioned at the end of Hallel?

On Rosh Chodesh, after Hallel, there is the following: :זְבַדְיָה יִשְׁמְרֵנִי וִיחַיֵּנִי, כֵּן רָצוֹן מִלְּֿפָנֶיךָ, אֱלֹהִים חַיִּים וּמֶלֶךְ עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר בְּיָדוֹ נֶפֶשׁ כָּל חָי, אָמֵן ...
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If One Considers Chabad to be Avodah Zarah What Kosher Products Should He Avoid?

If one were to consider Chabad to be a religion of Avodah Zarah because of their practices regarding the Rebbe as Mashiach, what otherwise marked "kosher" products should one avoid that are Chabad-...
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“Maaneh Loshn” - מענה לשון

Maaneh Loshn is a profoundly beautiful tefila once said by many people, now mostly said by Lubavitcher Chasidim at their Ohel. 1) Does anyone else say Maaneh Loshn today besides Chabad? 2) The ...
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Chaba''d doesn't follow minhag hamakom?

My shul davens "standard" Nusach Sfard. During Shabbat mincha, the sha''tz was a Chaba''d chasid. While we were returning the Torah, the sha''tz started saying Kaddish. (Nusach Chaba''d/Ari only says ...
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Are there specific laws or stringencies regarding a “Chabad mikve” [duplicate]

I have been informed of an ongoing fundraising effort for a "Chabad mikve". Are there specific halachic stringencies (chumrot) regarding such a mikve according to Chabad? Would Chabad women not be ...
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Is claiming that the Rebbe is moshiach considered heretical? [duplicate]

I was recently referred to a popular Chabad Rabbi and towards the end of the lecture he just totally shocked me. He started claiming that the Rebbe is moshiach, potentially never died, could get ...
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Stripe Pattern on CHABAD Tallit Gadol

According to the story posted on BEN'S TALLIT SHOP: http://tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/ : "The History of the Chabad Tallit During a visit to Eretz Yisrael, the previous Chabad Rebbe came across a ...
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Four Pairs of Tefillin: Why only the Shel Rosh?

Although not a normative custom, there is a rare custom practiced by lofty individuals to put on four pairs of tefillin (Rashi, Rabbeinu Tam, Shimusha Rabba and Raavad). In Hayom Yom, the ...
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Russian original of Baad Kodesh?

I would like to find the Russian original of one of the presumably very few chasidic works written in that language. The work in question is בד קדש, addressed by the Miteler Rebbe, Rav Dovber of ...
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Was the original Yiddish lost in the Hebrew sichos?

The sichos (speeches) of the Lubavicher Rebbe were alternately published: some in the original Yiddish and some translated into Hebrew. Therefore some sichos are published only in translated form (...
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Why would the Belzer Rebbe usually shake hands with a towel wrapped around his hand?

Jewish Educational Media publishes a series of videos about the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The series is called Living Torah. Disc 34, Program 135, contains an interview with Rabbi Chatzkel Besser, [about ...
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How does the Siddur Torah Ohr differ from the Siddur Tehilas Hashem?

The most common Chabad siddur is obviously the Siddur Tehilas Hashem (TH), which was first published in Rostov, Russia in 1918. It is used by over 300,000 Chabad families worldwide. However, it's not ...
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Dayanus taught at the 770 Central Yeshiva

Does anyone know what the Dayanus curriculum is taught at the 770 central Yeshiva today?
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Explanation of Alter Rebbe's proof of G-d?

I heard recently from a Rabbi's speech (a.k.a., I don't know the actual source) that when the Alter Rebbe was in prison in Russia one of the Russians there asked him to prove the existence of G-d. So ...
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Who wrote Piskei Hasiddur?

I've seen people write that the Alter Rebbe wrote Piskei Hasiddur, and I've also seen people write that Rav Chayim Naeh wrote it. They did not overlap in their lives...so who wrote it?
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Difference between Chabad mikvaos and other mikvaos?

I've heard from some rabbonim and educated laymen that there are some differences between Chabad mikvaos and the more standard ones. This makes it so Lubavitch women can't use any other mikva. Is ...
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Chabad kuntres “Toras Ashkenaz”

What is the Chabad pamphlet Toras Ashkenaz: Frankfurt, Germania ? Background: A Chabad friend of mine noticed this pamphlet at the Chabad Ohel in Queens. While the title would imply that it is of ...
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Doing Rambam using audio shiur?

Regarding the institution of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe to learn the Rambam, either 3 chapters a day or 1 chapter a day, does anyone know if one is yotzei by listening to and understanding a audio ...
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Source for Lubavitch Siddur Legend

If you take a look in the old print of the Siddur Tehilas Hashem on page 13, you will notice a strange looking vav in the word "yetzur" (as in "yetzur nivra" from the tefillah of Adon Olam). I have ...
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Learning Chabad Sichos

My 13-year-old son wants to start learning Chabad Sichos. I'm looking for advice. How do we decide which sichos to learn? Do Lubavitchers generally learn the sicha of the current parsha, but ...
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Tehillim “Ohel Yosef Yitzchok”

I have heard many Lubavitchers (generally from the older generation) speak about the importance of the Tehillim "Ohel Yosef Yitzchok" (OYY), the Tehillim printed by Kehot, the central Lubavitch ...
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Is the Baal Hatanya being too harsh with his definition of Rasha?

Is it just his opinion? Cause it is kinda depressing. From "Lessons in Tanya": As true definitive terms, tzaddik and rasha describe the quality of the good or evil in one’s soul. Viewed in this ...
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Are there other Chasidim who omit “Tzur Yisroel” besides Chabad?

This is a follow-up to this question I asked earlier on this site. All Nusach Sfard siddurim I have ever seen, with exception to the Chabad siddur, include the line of Tzur Yisroel, in accordance ...
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What is the significance of 770 for Chaba"d?

Wikipedia explains the significance of the number 770 for Chaba"d. What isn't clear is if the rebbe made this comment after the purchase of the home or if Agudat Anshei Chaba"d specifically sought (or ...
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Tefillin - Source for the Chabad Kesher

Ashkenazim wrap inwards, so both the yud kesher and the loop the strap goes through are near the body of the wearer. Sephardim wrap outwards, so their kesher places the yud near the body and loop on ...
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Tefillin - Are there any others who wear 4 x 4 battim besides Chabad?

Lubavitch minhag calls for the tefillin battim to be 4 x 4 cm based on the Baal HaTanya's ruling in the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, 32:63. Are there any other communities who have the minhag to use Chabad-...
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Why does the Chabad nusach omit “Tzur Yisroel” before Shemoneh Esrei?

In the bracha right before the Amidah during Shacharis, Nusach Ashkenaz and many variations of Nusach Sefard have: שִׁירָה חֲדָשָׁה שִׁבְּחוּ גְאוּלִים לְשִׁמְךָ עַל שפַת הַיָּם. יַחַד כֻּלָּם ...
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According to the Tanya, is one never permitted to be sad at all?

In Iggeret Hakodesh chapter 11, the Baal Hatanya says : In truth, however, “No evil descends from above,” and everything is good, though it is not apprehended [as such] because of its immense and ...
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“HaRachaman hu yevarech es avi mori…” - Questions

There is a part in the third bracha in bentching which goes like this: הרחמן הוא יברך את אבי מורי בעל הבית הזה ואת אמי מורתי בעלת הבית הזה אותם ואת ביתם ואת זרעם ואת כל אשר להם אותנו ואת כל אשר ...
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Why are the holes diagonal on a Chabad tallis katan?

So I understand the reasoning for having two holes on the tallis katan (so that the tzitzis will hang on one side of the corner and won't move around), but why do Chabad tallis katans have the holes ...
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Keeping the tallis katan straight underneath the shirt

I wear my tallis katan under my shirt, and I usually tuck my shirt into my pants and pull the tzitzis up to wear they come out the top of my pants and hang down at my beltline, like this. The only ...
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Why does Chabad not “do” conversions?

Lubavitch institutions do not conduct conversions. I read somewhere that it is because of some agreement between the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. Why does Chabad not "do" conversions?...
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What minhag is this tefillin wrapping in this video?

This video on YouTube shows man showing a particular minhag for wrapping tefillin which he says is Nusach Arizal. It looks a lot like the Chabad method (such as making the shin on the bicep), but I ...
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What was the Lubavitcher Rebbe's approach to rebuke?

Did it differ from when he was giving to others and from when he was telling others to give it? There's always the stories of him being very loving and reaching out to every Jew and emphasizing ahavat ...
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Lubavitch Kinnos

Kehot does not sell a book of Kinnos for Tisha B'Av, and so this led me to assume there was no particular nusach that Lubavitchers use for kinnos. If that is so, what nusach is used? Nusach Ashkenaz? ...
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Wearing the tallit katan over the shirt in Chabad

Lubavitchers generally do not wear the tallit katan over the shirt like other Chasidim. Is this because there is some halacha about it, or kabbalistic preference, or is it simply because the Rebbe did ...
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Why does a Chabad tallit katan have silk corners?

All wool tallitot katanim I have ever seen have reinforced corners, usually made from a square of cotton cloth. This prevents the tzitziyot from tearing through the hole from daily "wear and tear" and ...
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Daily Rebbe Video

I'm looking for a place where I can sign up and receive a daily video of the Lubavitcher Rebbe through my e-mail. Could someone point me to a place where I can do this?
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sanctify the soul or sanctify the world?

I read a chabad sheet which claims (no source) that the main purpose of our religious service is to sanctify the world and not the soul and that this was the mistake of the spies who thought they ...
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Lighting yizkor and yahrzeit candles for rebbeim

I have heard of a custom in Chabad to light yahrzeit and yizkor candles for the rebbeim. But I literally don't know anything about it except that some in Chabad do it. Can anyone tell me: How common ...
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What is the closing psalm at Chabad services about?

On the seventh day of Pesach I went to Chabad for morning services. I've only been there a couple times before (always on a chag), so I'm not very familiar with their customs. At the end of each of ...
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Chabad Chazzanus Recordings

Is there a place online where I can find recordings of Chabad chazzanus (i.e. the tunes a Chabad chazzan would use for Hodu, Shemoneh Esrei, etc.)? The recordings should preferably be free online. ...
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Siddur Tehilas Hashem - Yiddish

Does anyone know where I might find the common Chabad siddur, Siddur Tehilas Hashem, with a Yiddish translation? A while back I had seen one for sale on Eichler's website, but the link has since been ...
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“El melech ne'eman” not in Chabad siddurim

There is a common custom amongst many to recite the words אל מלך נאמן before Kriyas Shema when there is no minyan. However, in all Chabad siddurim I have davened from, this phrase is not there. ...
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Visualizing the Rebbe during marital relations

Rabbi Slifkin wrote in a recent post that: ... in some Chabad chosson/kallah classes, they are taught that during climax, they should visualize the Rebbe. Slifkin brings the writings of Rabbi ...