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Chasidut (or Chassidus) is a branch of Orthodox Judaism founded by Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov in the 18th century. His followers in turn branched out, leading to many different schools of Chassidus.

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How do non-chassidim relate to the Baal Shem Tov's ascent to heaven?

With respect to non-chassidic Torah scholars who respect the Baal Shem Tov and don't believe he was hallucinating in his אגרת הגאולה: Do any of them endorse or discuss the Baal Shem's letter? (e.g. R....
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Yarmulke with fur rim

I came across this picture of a Gur Chasid at his wedding wearing a black yarmulke with a sort of fur rim (not the spodik). Why does the yarmulke/kippah have this fur rim. Is this because he is of ...
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Shalosh Klipos Hatme'os

What are the 3 tamei klipos, my question isn't what they are as a whole (what they represent), rather like a list, what are the three?
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Is Buber's Legend of the Baal Shem Tov credible?

Did Buber base his stories on authentic Chassidic lore or was it his own making?
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Looking for a translation of Toldos Yaakov Yosef

I’m looking for a translation of the Toldos Yaakov Yosef, does anyone know where I could buy one (preferably online)?
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Looking for an easy to read chassidic commentary on the Torah

I'm looking for an easy to read chassidic comentary on the Torah. I'm looking for a single commentary. Iwas considering to buy Imrei Noam by the Dzikov rebbe, but I'm not sure if it is easy to read.
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Is being on welfare if you can work against the will of Hashem?

Genesis 3:17 And to man He said, "Because you listened to your wife, and you ate from the tree from which I commanded you saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed be the ground for your sake; ...
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Ariza"l and Seer (Chozeh) of Lublin on Korach

This fascinating article says: The Seer of Lublin said: “Were I alive at the time, I would have supported Korah” … Rabbi Yitzhak Luria Ashkenazi, the Ari, writes: “In the future, Korah will be shown ...
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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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What are the foundation sifrey chassidus that should be studied to understand it [duplicate]

What are known as the sefarim ikariyim in the library of hasidic books. There are contemporary books which glean sources. But what are the foundational texts.
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How to pronounce Hebrew with the Chassidic pronunciation?

First of all, I'm not Jewish but I love Judaism and feel a strong connection to the Jewish people and faith. My question is regarding the Chassidic way of Hebrew pronunciation when praying and reading ...
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Aish Kodesh - Edition Recommendations

Can someone recommend a good edition of Aish Kodesh by R. Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro? I am looking for an English or Hebrew edition.
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Basis for Hassidut

Is hassidut based on the canonical Jewish texts (Tanakh, Mishna, Midrash, Gemara)? What is its basis? In other words, how do we know that hassidut has divine roots and presents us with ontological ...
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Hassidut for Non-Mystics

I have difficulty connecting to mysticism. Can anyone recommend a hassidic thinker or a work of Hassidut that would be appealing to someone who is not into mysticism?
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Tzidkat HaTzadik - HaRav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin

Can someone recommend an edition of Tzidkat HaTzadik by HaRav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin? I am looking for an edition with clear type, accurate text, and perhaps some explanatory notes.
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Introduction to Rav Tzadok HaKohen

Can someone recommend an introductory text to the thought of Rav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin?
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The Maggid of Mezeritch on jewels and straw

In his sermon on the ethics of controversy, R Norman Lamm says: The great Maggid of Mezeritch, the leading theoretician of Hasidism and one who knew only too well the life of controversy, told us ...
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Sources for Minhag of Davening Fast (Better Kavannah, Middas Hadin etc.)

In some Chassidic circles davening fast is known to be somewhat of a minhag. Sometimes this is only in regards to a specific tefillah. For example: In some of the Polish chassidic courts (i.e. Gur) ...
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Who were students of both the Vilna Gaon and the Maggid of Mezrich

I know Rav Avraham Kalisk was, and Mordechai Babroisk. I know there were others, but there seems to be quite a few more.
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Black Yerushalmi Kippah?

First, not talking about the Na Nach kippahs (which have different stitching and band). Those come on all kinds of colors. I am wondering who wears a black yerushalmi kippah? Karlin-Stolin, some ...
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What is the occupation of the soul, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the months prior to birth?

After reading an interesting scientific article concerning how mammals apparently dream prior to birth, it reminded me of Rabbi Simlai in Niddah 30b discussing how each Jewish soul learns the entire ...
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What do the different chassidish tefillin tying on the palm and hand mean, what sects uses them?

I have noticed many different styles of wrapping tefillin over the hand, fingers, and palm, as seen below. My question is what is the significance of this, and who does this, and is it something ...
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Possuk when washing for bread?

There is a hassidish minhag to say a possuk--between washing the hands and before the brachach--when washing hands for bread. For the life of me I cannot remember which possuk it is, but I remember it ...
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Looking for a chassidic Torah commentary on the level of Pshat

I'm looking for a chassidic Torah commentary on the level of pshat or a chassidic commentary easy to read?
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Different ways to tie gartels

I have noticed that there are not only several different gartels but many different ways to tie them. I have always tied mine as I have seen most modern orthodox men tie it, with two loops on the side ...
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Have Chasidic dynasties ever merged?

Chasidic Judaism is broken up into various communities around the world. I was just curious if any of these communities have ever moved to "consolidate" and absorb into a new larger ...
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Is Avodah Zarah still the great danger that it once was? [duplicate]

I have no direct sources, but I seem to recall that various Chassidic rabbis, maybe others too, have taught that idolatry no longer has any real, or effective power. I think this is limited to Jews, ...
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Is there definitive breakdown/explanation of the various philosophical differences of Hasidic dynasties?

While Chassidism as a whole is easier to research in philosophy/history/concepts, the dynasty system and the distinctions within each community seem to be somewhat of a mystery to me. Certain groups ...
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What are the names of these karakul hats among the Hasidim?

Hats of two men in the foreground.
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הכל בידי שמים אף יראת שמים? Is this just the Mei HaShiloach's Chiddush?

The Mei HaShiloach writes regarding Sarah Eimeinu's denial of her Laughter (Partial Quote; see in full for context) עומק הענין בזה, כי מה דאיתא בגמ' (ברכות ל"ג:) הכל בידי שמים חוץ מיראת שמים הוא ...
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What is this custom of chasidim to say tehillim after maariv chol hamoed Sukkos?

I see a chasidic minyon that has been saying tehillim with a specific niggun every night of chol hamoed after maariv,‎ it seems like a well known practice,‎ does anyone know what it is?‎
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Women in Toldos Aharon Chassidut

I really enjoy the Toldos Aharon Chassidus, the way the are totally focused in Torah, Avodah and Guemach. So i'd like to know if they have a midreshet? I found on Google their Yeshiva and kollel beir ...
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What are nitzotzos?

I've begun learning the sefer Kedushas Levi and I keep coming across the concept of nitzotzos. I don't have much of a background in Hasidism, so I don't quite understand what it is. As far as I can ...
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Censored letters of the book Peri Haarets

I am looking for an uncensored version of the letters, from which we have a censored version in the standard versions of the Peri Haarets. I would appreciate some links. Note. Peri Haarets is the ...
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What Happens in the Parsha Parellel's Current Events [duplicate]

Where is the source(s) that say that what happens each week in the parsha parallels current world events? I believe it is found in chassidus, but I am not sure where.
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Chasidic Clothing [closed]

I am very interested to know a bit about the differences of clothing between the chasidic dinasties. I saw there are some differences in their hats and socks, for example. Does anyone here know a bit ...
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Korah the "holy grandfather"

Various online and written sources claim that various chassidic rabbis referred to Korah as "our holy grandfather". Some of these sources are mustered here, but they're all very secondary sources. ...
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Does the Kotzk dynasty exist today? Is there still a Kotzker rebbe?

A while back I was reading about Menachem Mendel Morgensztern Rebbe of Kotzk and found out that the last Kotzker Rebbe in Europe lived in Wyszków my ancestral town. Is there a continuation of the ...
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Do Hareidim wear a kittel on Yamim Nora'im?

I have never observed Hareidi minhagim during the High Holidays. But, I know that during Shabbat and Yom Tov many wear a bekisheh - a long robe. I'm curious if they were the bekisheh in lieu of the ...
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Marriage between followers of different Hasidic courts

I know that high-profile marriages between followers of different Hasidic courts occur -- such as the Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokach and one of the Satmar Rebbes, Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum ...
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Difference Between Imrei Emes and Toras Emes

I noticed that Imrei Emes and Toras Emes, works written by R' Leibele Eiger, are often printed together. What's the difference between these two works? Did he simply compose two different commentaries ...
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Is there an authoritative source on the similarities and differences of the denominations? [closed]

Background After asking a similar question on Christianity.SE, I was curious about the equivalent phenomenon in Judaism. Question Is there a chart, or graph, or other resource that accurately ...
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Does Judaism discourage inquiring after the dead? [closed]

My aunt has recently passed away suddenly. It is hard to believe. Although I am coming to understand more and more the meaning of her passing, I am still unsettled that HaShem has let this decree ...
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What's the difference between a makor and a shoresh in the Alter Rebbe’s Tanya?

What's the difference between a makor and a shoresh in the Alter Rebbe’s Tanya? My melamed told me in yeshiva but I forgot. I think one is from a higher source. I think it's in the Rebbe's notes but I ...
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How do Hassidim survive the summer heat?

On a recent visit to a desert town in Israel, where summer temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and over, I wondered about a large Hassidic community that reside there and their firm style of ...
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What is the Hasidic view of humility?

I remember reading something to the effect that Hasidic thinking is that humility is not thinking little of yourself, it is not thinking of yourself at all. Is this accurate and what is the source?
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Does "Ein Ye'ush" apply to everything or just spiritual related things?

I have recently heard about a concept called "Ein Ye'ush Baolam Clal" ("אין יאוש בעולם כלל") which translates as "There is never a time of despair". I was wondering if this is referring to all ...
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Is there any continuation to Kotzk\ Pershischa today?

Is there any sort of continuation to the dynasties of Kotz and Pershischa dynasties which actually adheres to the lifestyle of those chassidim? (I don't mean Ger and the like, which have absolutely ...
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What exactly is the meaning of "I will hide [haster asteir] my face on that day?"

[This is a long and complicated question, but if you want just scroll down to the end summary to get the main points] It says in the Talmud Chullin Daf 139b, it says "Where is Ester from the ...
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What are some major differences between the G'RA and the Ba'al Shem Tov?

What are some major differences between the G'RA and the Ba'al Shem Tov, in terms of hashkafa, learning style, and other differences? Any sources would be great.
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