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Questions tagged [chasidut-hasidism]

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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Gebrocht: how does an old person eat matza on seder night

If someone (e.g old people) can't eat a kzais (about 20 grams according to volume) of matza on seder night (within the required amount of time of about 4-9 min) because its too dry, then one usually ...
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Source for the Baal Shem Tov's idea of seeing one's own flaw in others?

I recently heard the following story a few times and was wondering if anyone had a source for the story. The story is that the Baal Shem Tov said that if you see a fellow Jew breaking Shabbos it ...
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Were the spiritual worlds created (sources)?

I was told the spiritual worlds are above time, does that mean they always existed? What does it mean that on some level they do not experience any change? Sources please.
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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 Chagiga Daf 139b, it says "Where is Ester from the ...
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Why so many vocalized shvas in Siddur Tehillat Hashem?

I prayed using a Siddur Tehillat Hashem the other day, and I noticed that many more shvas were marked with an asterisk above, indicating that they should be vocalized, than I'd expect. In particular, ...
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Recommendation of Chassidic classics

I have recently seen reference to the “chassidic classics”, a term which I understand encompasses works by the great rebbes of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Examples that I have seen mentioned are ...
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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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Is there a chashash of sheidim with liquids other than water?

There are many people who spill out water (at least in chassidic circles) before drinking it based off of a statement in Gemoro Brochos if I remember correctly that says water left uncovered gains a ...
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Is it permitted to browse Mi Yodeya on Christmas Eve?

Some communities have the custom to avoid learning Torah (some have the custom to avoid learning publicly) on Christmas Eve, known as Nittel Nacht. Would they allow one to browse this website? What ...
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What is klipa (kabbala)

In kabala/chassidus Klipa translated as a shell, (i think it is used as a name of the source of evil) That is the etymology of the word? Why is the word shell used? It is somthing in it? (what?) or ...
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What is the chassidic version of ruach?

In my understanding by comparing the Arizal's works to the Tanya, the animal soul = nefesh, the G-dly soul = neshamah. But what about ruach?
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“The Sophisticate and the Simpleton” story by Rabbi Nachman- where is the earliest mention of “the Devil” in Jewish Literature?

In his story The Sophisticate and the Simpleton Rabbi Nachman mentions the Devil (Source from Wikisource) Meanwhile someone came and said, "The Devil [Yid. Toivl, Heb. Azazel] has sent for you [...
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Halachic Justifications for the Amshinover Rebbe

The current Amshinover Rebbe in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem is known in the Jewish world as a man of great piety and for his great knowledge in Torah. He is also known to keep very different "Zmanim"- ...
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Searching a text about story of chasididus

Somone knows where can I found this text online for free, the whole text or some parts of it: Samuel C. Heilman, Who Will Lead Us?: The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America. University of ...
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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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Is there a “chasiddish” Mishna Berura?

The Mishna Berura, to the best of my knowledge, is, for the most part, the accepted psak for the Litvish/yeshivish community. Is there a Halachic work that Chassidim generally turn to for piskei ...
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“The Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Prizite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite,”- What is the Noam Elimelech's source?

The Noam Elimelech writes in the Tzeitel Katan (5) the following: (Source from Sefaria.org) (Partial Quote) כשיתחיל להתעורר בו מידה רעה ח"ו ממידות רעות שהוא רגיל בהם, כגון עקשנות ובושת של גאוה ...
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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and Chassidism

Does anyone know if there is any historical record of Rabbi Hirsh's perspectives on Chassidism? The movement was obviously not very present where he was in Germany, but given that he was in contact ...
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What are some fundamental chasidic works of philosophy / theology?

Which books are fundamental in terms of presenting the philosophy / theology of mainstream chasidut? I know Chabad has Tanya, and Breslov has Likkutei Moharan. Which sefarim are philosophically ...
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Is there a book that summarizes various Chassidic customs?

B"H, the NYC area has so many groups of Hassidm. I am quite fascinated by the variance in their customs and dress. Is there a book that lists the most "common" groups of Hassidim? (I don't have an ...
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Talk to me about din

We always hear about din vs. rachamim, which got me thinking: If rachamim is made up of chesed and gevurah, then what are the components of din? I find it interesting or else inexplicable that the ...
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Implications of “According to Your fear is Your anger” (“כיראתך עברתך”)

It says in Tehillim 90 (a chapter attributed to Moshe Rabbeinu, if that affects anything): יא: מִֽי־י֖וֹדֵעַ עֹ֥ז אַפֶּ֑ךָ וּ֜כְיִרְאָֽתְךָ֗ עֶבְרָתֶֽךָ: לִמְנ֣וֹת יָ֖מֵינוּ כֵּ֥ן הוֹדַ֑ע ...
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Which Hasidic rabbi has no beard, and what is the story?

There is a famous Hasidic rabbi who has no facial hair, and I seem to recall that there is a famous story as to why. But I can remember neither which rabbi (or of which sect), nor the story. I do not ...
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From where does Rabbi Nachman know that King David's Lyre possessed 5 strings?

In Likutei Moharan 1:8:2 Rabbi Nachman says: (Source From Sefaria.org) כי כנור של דוד היה של חמש נימין, כנגד חמשה חמשי תורה [King] David's Lyre had 5 strings, corresponding to the 5 books of ...
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Looking for a text by Yosef Perl (a parodist of Rebbe Nachman)

Yosef Perl was a satirist, and is often described as a maskil. A vigorous opponent of hasidim in particular, he was active in the middle of the 19th century when the stories of Rebbe Nachman and ...
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Bish'vili nivra ha'olam/Anochi afar Papers

Who was the person who would walk around with 2 papers in his pocket, one of which said "bishvili nivra ha'olam" ("the world was created for me") and the other "anochi afar va'eifer" ("I am dirt and ...
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Is it possible to be chasidish without wearing the garb and keeping all the minhagim? [closed]

Can someone be chasidish (or a chasid) if they don't dress in a distinctively "Jewish" way or don't keep all the minhagim such as "cholov yisrael", saying tehillim on rosh chodesh, etc? Does it ...
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Who compared “the ox that gores the cow” to “I am Hashem Your G-d”?

I once read a machshava--possibly from chasidus--to the effect that: "'The ox that gores the cow' is as much charged with G-dliness as 'I am H' your G-d.'" I was quite moved by this. What is its ...
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Is there a list of living Rebbes? [closed]

I just saw a video of another Rebbe I never heard of and am wondering if there's a list of living Rebbes.
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Should a minyan that never recites Tachanun at Mincha say Tzidkatcha Tzedek?

This site states: The minhag of many Chassidish kehilos is not to say tachanun at mincha. This minhag is recorded in many Chassidic and Sefardic sources. A number of explanations are offered: ...
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Why do people get Chassidishe Shchita?

The Rambam says that the Shchita of a Mumar for one aveira is Kosher, just that there needs to be a Shochet who will check his knife before he shechts (as one can assume that he won't work too hard to ...
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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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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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Did the Ba'al Shem Tov actually exist?

In my high school Jewish history class, we learnt of the idea that the Ba'al Shem Tov might have not even existed. I have also heard this "dispute" from another rabbi recently. Is there any ...
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The Noam Elimelech: “G-d is refereed to as a Kohen”- What's the source?

The Noam Elimelech in his first piece in Parshas Metzora writes: (Source from Sefaria.org) "ביום טהרתו והובא אל הכהן", פירוש ביום שיטוהר מעוונו יפעול להעלות השכינה ליחדה עם קב"ה, וזהו "והובא אל ...
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Where does the concept of “shirayim” come from?

Please explain the concept of shirayim (literally, leftovers) wherein the followers of a chassidic Rebbe will receive portions of his food to it, these leftovers are considered holy or special in some ...
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Help finding a Noam Elimelech

I recently finished Meseches Makkos and went through the Agadetahs (Summed up very quickly) of when Raban Gamliel, Rabbi Elazar Ben Azaria, Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Akiva were together and Rabbi Akiva ...
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The Noam Elimelech on a “Tzaddik with wings”

Disclaimer: The following is very Kabbalah heavy, so obviously there is much to be understood with what is understood in that respect. My question primarily stems from locating a source. The Noam ...
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What the Bal Shem Tov Said [duplicate]

There is "famous" thing that is said over in the name of the Baal Shem Tov. It's essentially that one who sees faults in others, really himself has that fault in themselves. And perhaps the one who ...
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R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev - Story About the Surname “Derbaremdiker”

There are descendants of the renown Hasidic rebbe, R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev with the surname Derbaremdiker (דערבארעמדיקער) which means "the Merciful One" in Yiddish and refers to Hashem. I once ...
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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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Is there a Kabbalistic source for not walking with one's hands behind one's back?

I've heard from people that it says in Kabbalah that one shouldn't walk with one's hands behind one's back. Does anyone know the source?
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Kissing Back of Hand

Is there a source for Sephardim and Chassidim that kiss the hand of their Rabbi, a Torah scholar or even their father upon meeting them?
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Women wearing men's “women's shirts”

Some chassidic shirts are basically identical to women's dress shirts, save for the bust shape, i.e. they button right-over-left. Would a female wearing the former be transgressing the prohibition on ...
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Hasidim's (lack of) hats [closed]

I heard that hasadim put on black hat but I also see some not putting; what are their differences?
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Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim

For Gerer Chassidim (Polish Chassidishe Dynasty), what minhagim do they follow concerning these things: Tefillin Do they use Ashkenazi, Sephardic, or nusach Ari? Do they wind the retzuos inward or ...
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Yesh Me'Ayin - A transformation from a state of ‘nothing’ to ‘something’

Recently I came across this teaching from Chassidic or Kabalistic works which apparently has something to do with our 'task' in this world: Hayom Yom: Tackling Life's Tasks; Translated from the ...
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Do any Chasidim still accept Shabbos according to Rabbeinu Tam zman?

Apparently there is a story that Rav Moshe Feinstein asked the Satmar Rebbe to not have his followers begin shabbos with zman Rabbeinu Tam. Is there still a minhag amongst chasidim to take on shabbos ...
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Source for Lubavitch-style hat

Most Lubavitcher chassidim, if not all, who I see wearing fedora-style hats with a down-brim have deep pinches impressed on them (see image in link of rabbi below). What is the reason(s) for these ...
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Why do chassidim curl their payot?

Understanding there are many styles of wearing payot, in my personal experience nearly all chassidim I have met wear them tightly curled in front of their ears. Example: Is there any particular ...