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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Introduction to Rav Tzadok HaKohen

Can someone recommend an introductory text to the thought of Rav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin?
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Chabad custom of not allowing water to touch matzah on Pesach

What is the origin of this custom? This must be fairly recent and "Lubavitch-specific", because my grandparents, who were very observant, always had matzah ball soup and fried matzah with eggs for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sources for 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 an emphasis ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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, כִּי ...
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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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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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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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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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Which Chasidic group departed the least from Ashkenazi minhag and nusach?

Chasidic groups vary in terms of their siddur's differences from nusach Ashkenaz, as well as their general minhagim and hashkafic approaches. Is there a Chasidic group which most closely matches the ...
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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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Special occasions where various Chassidim don't say Tachanun

Various Chassidim have different customs regarding special occasions where they don't say Tachanun. [I know this because sometimes I daven in a Vishnitz shule and, upon asking why they didn't say ...
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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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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 the origin of Hasidic pronunciation? [closed]

Does anyone know when and by whom the Hasidic pronunciation started? I mean "burich" as opposed to "boruch". The same goes for Yiddish.. "vus" as opposed to "vos&...
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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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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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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 is the origin of the Chassidish pronunciation of Hebrew? [duplicate]

If I am not mistaken initially there were Ashkenazic Jews which later on branched off into Chassidim via the leadership of the Baal Shem Tov. Does this mean that prior to the Baal Shem Tov all ...
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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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Arguments FOR Radzyner Techeiles

Mostly everyone agrees that the organization Ptil Tekhelet most likely uses the real techeiles and that Radzyner techeiles is unfortunately not the real deal. But I'm asking what are the arguments ...

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