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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Relationship between Chabad and the Malachim today

These days, what is the relationship between Chabad and the Malachim? How close are they -- do members of the groups marry each other, participate in each other's mosdos at all, etc.? Do Chabad ...
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Shin on Tefilin - changed in Belz?

I recently heard that in Belz they changed the Shin on the Tefilin Shel Rosh due to an old pair that was found that the Rebbi believed to be the true Mesorah. Is this true? How does the new Shin ...
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A source for the claim that the Satmar Ruv (R' Yoel Teitelbaum) said to VP Hubert Humphrey “Sell weapons to Israel!” [closed]

There is a commonly quoted anecdote that when Vice President Hubert Humphrey came to the Satmar Rav for votes in 1968 and asked him what he could do for him the Satmar Rav replied "Sell weapons to ...
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Why didn't the prophets (and others “inspired from Above”) ever learn the secrets of science or cures for disease?

Why is it that people like the prophets, and other, more modern figures who are seen as being divinely inspired (the kabbalists, the Chasidic rebbes, etc.) never seem to be told secrets of science, ...
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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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Hair Covering Before Marriage?

Are there any communities in America or Israel where women cover their hair before marriage? Do Satmar women cover their hair before marriage?
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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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Sources for Hassidic views on marital celibacy/asceticism?

My understanding is the traditional view of Ger Hassidism was that marital celibacy was a good idea, once all procreative needs had been met. My impression is that Chabad-Lubavitch never advocated an ...
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Good sefer on chassidus [closed]

What would be a good sefer that would introduce me to the foundations of chassidic thought and prepare me to learn the seforim of the early chassidic masters?
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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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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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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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Source for the Mitzvah Tanz

At a Chassidishe Wedding, there is a special dance done, known as the Mitzvah Tanz. Where is the source for this dance and what is the meaning behind it? Also, why is it not done at Litvish Weddings? ...
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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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Minhag not to learn Torah on the night of Nitel (Who and where)

This related question explains what this minhag is and a couple of reasons for it. I was wondering to what extent is this minhag practiced today apart from Chabad (see Hayom Yom - 17 Tevet)? Do all ...
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What is the origin of the title “rebbe”?

The title "rebbe" (as opposed to "rabbi") is often given to leaders of hasidic groups. It is also often used by both hasidim and non-hasidim to refer to one's personal teacher. What is the origin of ...
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Siddur for Skolyer Chasidim

Is there a specific siddur for the minhag of the Skolyer Chasidim (Chasidim of Ukrainian town of Skole)?
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Do other Chasidic communities follow Shulchan Aruch HaRav?

The Maggid of Mezeritch told the Baal HaTanya to put together a Shulchan Aruch for Chasidim. The result is the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, which is used as a final authority for halacha in Chabad ...
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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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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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Hassidim and white shirt

I always wonder what kind of white shirt the hassidim were wearing. They look different. I know you have to button these shirt from the left but the collar looks very different. Do you know what kind ...
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What is Chassidus?

I have heard people say that Chassidus is all different kinds of things. Probably the most often said thing I have heard is that it emphasizes avodas Hashem be'simcha. Now while that might be true, it'...
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Are Orthodox Jews opposed to women singing in public, particularly if the woman is singing to a fussy baby in an attempt to soothe it?

My sister lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, and the neighborhood has a large population of Orthodox Jews and, I think, Hassidim (I don't really understand the difference, but that is a ...
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What is the significance of “mayim nukvin” according to chassidus

What is the spiritual significance of "Mayim Nukvin" (feminine waters) according to Chassidus? I have seen it plenty of times in Tanya and various Maamarim, but I never really understood the concept.
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Is there a list of Nusach -> Shevet correspondence?

It says in the introduction of the English Tehillas Hashem siddur (in the name of the Maggid of Mezeritch - Likutei Amarim 133) that each tribe has its own Nusach (and the Nusach Arizal is the Shaar ...
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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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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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Why do Lubavitchers put on tefillin of Rabbeinu Tam from bar mitzva?

Based on this question, Shulchan Aruch (O"C 34:2-3) says that only people who are noted for their piety should put on Rabbeinu Tam tefillin. Why do Lubavitcher chasidim (and descendants of certain ...
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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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Source of Dzikov customs

Does anyone know of a book of minhagim (practices) or a sidur (prayer book) of the chasidim of Dzikov (דזיקוב, sometimes דז׳יקוב)? (Or anything that would show their minhagim.) Hebrewbooks.org doesn'...
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Was the Hasidic gartel influenced by Zoroastrianism?

In this lecture Dr. Secunda postulates a connection between the Zoroastrian Kushti belt and the external belt some (mainly Hasidic) Jews wear during prayer called a gartel. The possible reason for ...
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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 of the chasidic custom not to say tachnun on yahrzeit

I attended today a chasidic minyan and they did not say tachnun because it was the yahrzeit of a certain rebbe. What is the source of this? Shouldn't this be a sad day?
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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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Is there a special significance of 4 directions as opposed to 6?

According to halacha, when a person says the word "echad" (אחד) in Shema: בדלי"ת צריך להאריך יותר כדי שיעור שיחשוב שהקב"ה יחיד בעולמו ומושל בד' רוחות העולם [One should] draw out the dale more [...
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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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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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What is the procedure for a Shiduch inside the Satmar community?

What is the procedure for a Shiduch inside the Satmar community? Can they "date" outside of parents house? What happens if the girl (or boy) is not from a religious family, do they date in the house ...
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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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Chassidish pronunciation: הוא and היא

In Chassidishe pronunciation, I am under the impression that the וּ makes a "i" sound, correct? If this is so, do they differentiate between הוא and היא in davening? How? Seems like it would sound the ...
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Upsherin at ​​2

Why do Chernobyl* chasidim do upsherin at the beginning of the third year? ​* Including Trink, Skver, etc.
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Satmar and head covering

I was looking pictures of the Satmar wedding and I found that some women where wearing a headscarf with no hair out and others where wearing a wig or a wig with a scarf. Why is that ? What is the ...
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Why is the shtreimel worn balanced atop the head?

It seems like many chasidim wear their shtreimel (and their weekday hats) balanced atop their heads, a size or so smaller than one might wear a hat in the secular world. Is there an underlying ...
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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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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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Ba'al Shem Tov online

Hebrew books does not have Ba'al Shem Tov on the Torah. Does anyone know where I can find the Ba'al Shem Tov on the Torah online?
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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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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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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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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 ...