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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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How did the Lubavitcher Rebbe react to the Crown Heights riot? [closed]

Did he say or write something addressing the event? I guess he wasn't very active at this stage, but he suffered a disabling stroke about a year after the riot so I'm interested to know how he dealt ...
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Why would the Rebbe Rashab lift his hands for al netilas yadayim?

The minhag Chabad by netilas yadayim in the morning is to raise the hands until the peyos for the brocho al netilas yadayim. The source for the minhag is in Likutei Diburim of the previous Lubavitcher ...
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How to identify if a Chabad shul is Meshichist?

How can one discern whether a Chabad shul is Meshichist?
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Chabad Yeshiva Ketana?

Does anyone know a Chabad Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel for boys aged 15/16 preferably with a summer program? Thanks in advance
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Does anyone have a list of Chabad yeshiva gedolas?

I'm looking for a list of Chabad yeshivas. I need some help compiling it, as I didn't go to a Lubavitch Mesivta.
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Source for story about the Rebbe Maharash

I asked this question to my Rabbi last week and my Rabbi quoted for me an interesting story about the Rebbe Maharash. The story goes as follow (paraphrased): The Rebbe Maharash would have personal ...
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Chabad Chumash difference

I try to understand the difference between two Chumash: Kehot Chumash Synagogue Edition Gutnick Chumash Synagogue Edition What is the main difference and which one is recommended for use by Chabad ...
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Who owns 770 Eastern Parkway? [closed]

Seriously, some gabaim just kicked me out for no valid reason, someone else said that no gabai there has any legal rights to it, so who does actually own it?
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R' Elazar Shach's polemic against Chabad [closed]

There are numerous reports that the late R. Elazar Shach fought a bitter battle against Chabad, even using harsh language in his campaign. If these reports are true, I wonder why this rabbi was so ...
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Translation request of Likkutei Sichot

I do not know if I am allowed to ask this, but is there someone who can help me to translate the following teaching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in his Likkutei Sichos, Shavuos on the topic "the last ...
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How would Beis Din rule in the Aguch v Gourary Case (Didan Natzach)? [closed]

In the case of the Chabad library case (Agudas Chasidei Chabad of United States, v Gourary) a US federal court ruled that the (Previous) Rebbe's books belong to the Chabad community and not his ...
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Naso - portion divsion

The Chabad Chumash we use has The first portion of Naso to be from 4:21-28. Other Chumash I have (such as the Stone version) have it as 4:21-37. Other random places I look agree with this latter ...
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Source for story of how Lubavitcher Rebbe returned a letter with all the "I"s circled

I have heard the following story, where the "sage" in question was the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and am trying to track down a more authoritative source. So far the only written reference I have ...
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Source for story about origins of Chayei Adam

I recently heard a story that when the Vilna Gaon found out that the Alter Rebbe made his own Shulchan Aruch (Shulchan Aruch HaRav), he told his relative (through marriage) Rav Avraham Danzig to write ...
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Learning How to Lein, Chabad-style

I have trouble picking up tunes, and therefore I have never been able to catch how to lein. I have listened to a few Torah reading tutorial tapes, listened to the Chabad cantillation tune many time, ...
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Ideal time to say the Daily Nasi

It is the custom of some to say the Daily Nasi on the first 13 days of the month of Nissan. Is there any ideal time of day to day this?
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Why is the final Heh in Ha'Shem's name different in K'thav Chabad/Alter-Rebbe?

Now I'm no Sofer by any means, although I do have a strong interest in the different Hebrew calligraphic traditions. All of which I find extremely beautiful in their own way. While studying the style ...
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History of Chabad Moshiach flag

I'm working up a presentation on flags in our history, and I need information on the unofficial but commonly displayed Chabad Moshiach flag. Does anyone know when and where it was first flown, and ...
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Did Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson say that the souls of non-Jews are from the Satan?

According to the book "Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel" by Israel Shahak the Lubavitcher Rebbe allegedly said in the 1965 book "Gatherings of Conversations" (Probably mean "...
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Is the book 'Gatherings of Conversations', containing transcriptions of speeches by Rebbe M.M. Shneerson, available anywhere?

From 'Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel' by I. Shahak and N. Mezvinsky we read ... "The ideas of Rabbi Schneerson that appear below are taken from a book of his recorded messages to followers in Israel,...
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Chabad adding word KODESH to Shabbat Candle blessing

Chabad adds the word "kodesh" to the Shabbat candle blessing. In Shulchan Aruch HaRav RSZ has the standard, regular blessing, but the Siddur is later, so they follow that. But, my REAL question is: ...
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Why is only Chabad very into Moshiach?

I'm only familiar with Judaism through chabad so I may not know how it is in other communities, but from what I've heard and seen, it seems that other sects and flavors of Judaism shun Chabad because ...
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Question and answer sefer for shluchim

I remember hearing about a question and answer sefer that is written for Chabad Shulchim. It deals with various unique questions and answers that many shluchim will encounter during their shlichus. ...
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How does one put on a Gartel according to the Ashkenazi tradition? [duplicate]

I go to a Chabad synagogue where everyone wears black belts called gartels. When I went on a Chasidic tour to Williamsbourg I bought a black Gartel. Now that Yom Kippur is on its way I have bought a ...
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Different blessing when lighting candles on Rosh Hashanah

On every holiday the blessing for candle lighting is "lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov". Why, according to Chabad custom, specifically on Rosh Hashanah there is a distinction made and the blessing is "...
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Can a Reform Ger participate in Chabad programming?

My family has been invited to participate in Chabad programming. I know that the Orthodox do not consider me to be Jewish as I am a Reform convert, but my wife and daughter are Jews through ...
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Laying tefillin in kiruv

From what I've seen, when groups like Chabbad get otd Jews to wear tefillin, they don't have them make birkot hatorah (or any of the birkot hashachar). Perhaps they're just relying on the Ashkenazi ...
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Yahrzeit is most auspicious (source)

An ad, IIRC sponsored by Chabad, in a Jewish magazine (Ami) reads: Chazal teach us that the day of a tzadik’s yahrtzeit is a most auspicious day, a יום סגולה ועת רצון, to connect with the tzadik, ...
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Jewish Views of the Tanya outside the Chabad movement

Do non-Hasidic (i.e., Litvak/Yeshivish) and Hasidic dynasties other than Chabad (i.e., Satmar, Ger, Bobov, Breslov, etc.) ever study the Tanya? And have their leaders ever commented on the Tanya ...
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How do Chaba"d shluchim size tefillin shel Rosh for everyone?

I see many Chaba"d shluchim have Jews put in tefillin. Wonderful work their doing. However, I read this in Aruch Hashulchan O.C. 27:20: ומקום הנחת תפילין של ראש מהתחלת עיקרי השיער שעל המצח עד סוף ...
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Chabad, Prayer, and Corporeality of Hashem

Statement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, regarding 'betten' (beseeching) the Rebbe [quoted here]: “It is not possible to ask a question about a [Rebbe being a] go-between, since this is G-d Himself, ...
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Parnassah and Marriage: Rambam vs. The Lubavitcher Rebbe

Reading Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Human Dispositions 5:11, we stumble upon the following opinion: The way of sensible people: A man should first select a permanent vocation out of which to derive a ...
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Which Black Fedora fits Chabad?

Recently I've decided that I want to start wearing a double covering for when I daven. I believe that it would thus be best that I get myself a black fedora, however I don't know which to get. Are ...
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Do you have to be a Chabadnick to follow the Shulchan Aruch Harav?

If I'm a bred and born ashkenazic male, who's been taught to follow the Mishna Brurahs Psakim all his life. Would it be significantly different to follow more or less by the Shulchan Aruch Harav? ...
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Is the Tanya only for those that are a Benoni?

What about those that want to get from the level of Rasha to Beinoni, is there a book for that? It is called Sefer shel Beinini and the few things I've read in it seem to be instructions directed for ...
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Why is chabad not worried about putting their head down when saying "l'david" when the Zohar says its dangerous?

Why is it Chabad's minhag to put their head down when saying "L'david" when the Zohar says its dangerous to "fall on ones face" when reciting it?
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Chabad beginner visiting a Modern Orthodox shul

I have been practicing my observance with a super-friendly Chabad congregation but my area, predominantly secular and Modern Orthodox, has a bunch of MO congregations that I'm very curious to visit, ...
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"Eis" instead of "es" in the crop b'racha in the Amida

The ninth b'racha of the amida begins with the words בָּרֵךְ עָלֵינוּ ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ אֶת הַשָּׁנָה הַזֹּאת וְאֶת כָּל מִינֵי תְּבוּאָתָהּ לְטוֹבָה where both את are vocalized with segol (three ...
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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 ...
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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 May ...
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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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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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