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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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 ...
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Why is the Lubavitch custom to have short Peoth?

If R' Schneur Zalman of Liadi had long Peoth, as in this famous sketch, why is it not the custom in Lubavitch circles these days for adult men to maintain long, emphasized Peoth as it is in many other ...
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Where in Brooklyn can I buy the round chasidish hat?

I'm referring to the hat that has the same finish as a normal fedora, just without the crease; not the flat hat with long fur that Satmarers wear or the higher flat ones. Like the one Rav Auerbach ...
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Non-Lubavitch views of the Maggid of Mezrich's relationship with R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi?

As far as I know, all chasiduses agree that the Maggid of Mezrich was the primary student of the Baal Shem Tov. But I was listening to an online shiur about Chabad (Lubavitch) history, which conveyed ...
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Who is Rebbe Nachman referring to when he mentions “Sheid Yehudi” (Likutei Moharan 12)

The concept of the 1שד יהודי is introduced by Rebbe Nachman in Likutei Moharan 12:1 (Source from Sefaria.org) מַה שֶּׁאָנוּ רוֹאִים, שֶׁעַל־פִּי הָרֹב הַלּוֹמְדִים חוֹלְקִים עַל הַצַּדִּיקִים, ...
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Who is the Veretzky Rebbe that's been coming up everywhere? [closed]

I've been seeing videos and things everywhere with this rebbe who I've never heard of before named the Veretzky Rebbe. Seems he's been popping up over the past six or so months especially, and I used ...
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Rule of first occurrence?

Searching online I came across a nice article which wrote: link It is a teaching of Chassidic thought (the only source I have for this is Shlomo Carlebach!) that the first occurrence of a certain ...
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Difference in the location of the buttons among Chassidim

Years ago, when I taught classes to a mainly Chassidic male group, there were two students in my class whom I had trouble distinguishing. (Yes, I know it's sometimes hard to do this among Chassidim :-)...
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Are women allowed to drive?

Prompted by this article is there any basis for not allowing woman to drive? Can this practice even be termed a 'minhag'? If so, what is the motivation behind this 'tradition'? As quoted from the ...
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The Yiddish Language and its Sanctity

Rav Avrohom Schorr in his Sefer HaLekach V'HaLevuv al HaTorah (5763) for on Parshas Noach the following: (Took a picture because there is no online copy available) (Rough Translation by myself) ...
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Is Vidui before a Talmid Chacham permitted? (based on Breslov/Likutei Mohoran)

In Likutei Mohoran Torah 4, it explains about the process of confession before a Talmid Chacham and how that it a significant process. How does that fit in with what is recorded in the Talmud/Rambam ...
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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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Minhagim of Nowy Zmigrod/Galicianers?

I'm reclaiming ancestral minhagim (practices) that were lost during American Assimilation. My family came of Nowy Zmigrod, Poland in Galicia before both world wars. I believe my family were chassidim ...
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Yerushalmi about davening with a Tzadik

Rav Hershel Schachter gave a shiur (on numerous topics on maseches berachos) explaining the machlokes between chassidim and litvaks concerning davening bzmano. He mentioned that the chassidim were ...
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Why do some people split the third and fourth wrap on their arm when wrapping tefillin?

When wrapping their tefillin shel yad, I have noticed that some people (mainly Chasidim, especially Lubavitch but also in other dynasties) wrap around the arm three times, then make a visible split ...
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Could someone explain the significance of this headwear?

There is a viral video making its way around social media, this is a guy asking a question to some young Hasidic men. This relates to an offensive nickname for a football team, despite the obvious ...
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Hassidim and their socks

Is there a way of differentiating between different sects of chassidim by the type and color of socks that they wear as well as by how they wear them?
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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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To what extent are non-Chasidim bound by kabbalah?

Chassidim seem to follow the views of kabbalah to a greater degree than non-Chassidim. What status does kabbalah have in determing the practical halacha for non-Chassidim?
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(How) is Chai Elul observed in Chassidic communities?

I have a wall calendar (source forgotten) that, as is typical for Jewish calendars, marks the parshiyot for each Shabbat. Next week, instead of giving the name of the parsha (Ki Tavo) it says "Chai ...
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Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?

Do Chasidim not wear ties as a rule? If so, is this by design or an accident of history? If by design, where can I find said intended reason in print?
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The use of intimate relationship as a mashal for g-dliness in chasidus and kabala

I in a shiur a story was told that it was asked: Why the relations between a man and woman are used as the mashal (since for chastity it is preferred not to use it, if you have the option). And it ...
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Why does each chasidut have its own distinct clothing?

Why does each chasidut have its own distinct clothing? Google and Wikipedia only list different kinds of clothes, but they don't explain why.
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What siddur do Satmerer Chasidim use?

Many Chasidic groups have a particular siddur that is used by most in that group. Does Satmer have such a siddur?
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Where could an extreme ultra-orthodox baal t'shuva etc. realistically find a shidduch? [closed]

When it comes to shidduchim, the extreme ultra-orthodox (both chassidim and non-chassidim) often seem to discriminate against equally (or even more) religious (children of) baalei t'shuva, gerim, ...
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Nusach of the Satmar Siddur

Many chassidussim use their own nuschaot, typically based on Nusach haAri or the so-called Nusach Sefard. For example, Sudilkover Chassidim use their own variant, as discussed in this blog post. ...
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What clothes do the members of Neturei Karta wear? Why?

I noticed the clothes of the members of Neturei Karta were different than other haredi groups. The shoes are different, but also socks, pants, shirt and vest. I also noticed they wear two kinds of ...
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Rabbi Nachman on connecting to Tzaddikim and Tefillah

Rabbi Nachman M'Breslov in Likutei Moharan (2:6) writes: (Source from Sefaria.org) (Partial Quote) וְצָרִיךְ כָּל אֶחָד לְכַוֵּן בִּתְפִלָּתוֹ, שֶׁיְּקַשֵּׁר עַצְמוֹ לַצַּדִּיקִים שֶׁבַּדּוֹר, ...
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Chasidic meal seder and bracha on dessert

So apparently -- not sure if this is a retroactive explanation or what -- we eat fish, soup, meat, and "compote," in that order, by all Shabbos and Yom Tov meals in order to symbolize the Four Worlds. ...
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A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?

Last night, I was pulled in off the street to help an unfamiliar shul make a minyan for Mincha/Ma'ariv. The rabbi greeted me, and when he learned I do not speak Hebrew, he gave me a very nice blessing ...
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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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How do Chasidim stack seforim?

Somewhat distressingly, Chasidim whose traditions include their own seforim seem often to prioritize them, when push comes to shove, over works of nigleh (="revealed," non-mystical knowledge, such as ...
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Starting Maariv with Shir Hamaalos

I've found that in chassidish shuls (at least in London and Manchester, UK) that they always do one of the Shir hamaalos and a Kaddish before starting maariv with והוא רחום. Is there a source and ...
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Rademishel: Velomar Barchu

When I was in London last month, I davened by the Rademishel Schtiebel in Hendon (Beis Chunuh, also known as R' Duvid's). I noticed at Kabbalat Shabbat that the tefillah of Barchu was prefaced by the ...
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Are there other extant Chabad groups besides Chabad-Lubavitch?

Wikipedia lists a number of different Chabad groups including: Chabad-Lubavitch Chabad-Bobroisk Chabad-Kapust Chabad-Liadi Chabad-Nezhin Chabad-Strashelye I was told that these different groups were ...
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Hachanoth - what period did they start? [closed]

There is a minhag with many chasidim to prepare before davening with psalms, mussar, chasiduth, or any learning to awaken the heart to prayer. Was this a practice of the Besht or was it taken on by ...
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Asterisks in the Noam Elimelech

In the sefer Noam Elimelech, many of his Torah pieces have shorter pieces within them that have a few asterisks before and after the piece. What is the significance of these markings?
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Learning Torah on Christmas

Can one learn Torah on Christmas day? I've heard there are a number of opinions on this: what are their sources? I've heard that Chasidim don't study anything Xmas night as well as the 6th of January....
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Who are the chassidei klali?

I've heard of these people who wear chasidic garments, pray nusach sfard, and learn chassidus but don't follow one chassidus exclusively or have one rebbe they follow. Does this fit in with a normal ...
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Spiritual meaning of splitting of sea?

In this video: Can someone explain what he says about the splitting of the sea was really a splitting of spiritual "words" Where exactly are these words and how can they "split"?
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Why don't Hassidim whistle?

A few of my friends of Hassidic background have told me that there is a minhag in the Hassidic world to not whistle with the mouth at all - weekdays, Shabbos, no difference. I am trying to find the ...
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Source for Chasidik practice of imagining yourself giving up your life during the first verse of Krias Shma

in a chassidus shiur i heard that the obligation for krias shma (for people busy with parnoso) according to all opinions is the first posuk of shma with kavono and that the kavono is by saying it you ...
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Siddur Ha'Arizal (R' Asher Margaliot)

This link claims that the Siddur Ha'Arizal compiled by Rabbi Asher Margaliot is the siddur that was used by the Ba'al Shem Tov and his original followers. How accurate is it to say this?