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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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?
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Is Nusach al-pi Arizal davened by anyone besides Chabad?

Are there any other Chasidic sects besides Chabad that daven Nusach al-pi Arizal (Siddur Tehillas Hashem or Torah Ohr)?
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Looking for info about the issur to marry chassidim

In the early days of the "war" between the misnagdim and the chassidim, some of the leading Rabbis of the misnagdim made some sort of public cherem forbidding marriage to chassidim. Are there any ...
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Can you use a pool for a mens mikvah

Is a pool allowed to be used as a mikvah for keri, for erev shabbos, and Shabbos day? If so does the filter have to be off? Since it is not only made of rain water i am having a doubt. Please answer ...
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Story about Nachman of Breslov on the holiness of Eretz Yisrael

I heard a story (I think it was recorded by Reb Noson) about either a Shabbes of Yomtov when Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was sick, and many students came to visit him. He was too weak to deliver an ...
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Chassidic Statement Supporting Misnagdim

I heard from my Rabbi that there was a Chassidic rebbe (possibly Lubavitch) who said that if not for the Misnagdim the Chassidim would've gone off the derech/ not remained within orthodoxy. Does ...
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What's the story behind “The Malachim's Niggun ” of the Karliner chassidim?

What's the story behind the Karliner niggun for Chapter 130 in Tehilim that they refer to as "The Malachim's Niggun"? Is it true that Rav Aharon Karliner claims to have heard the malachim singing this ...
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Rebbe Nachman's The Master of Prayer Story

In Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's tales, The Master of Prayer Story, the Master of Prayer talks about a Hand that the King had. I assume the details that follow are not to be understood on only the most ...
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How exactly are the three tamei klipot the source of a forbidden thing?

I often hear that something which is forbidden originates from the three tamei klipot - where no good comes from - and as such it cannot be used for good. However, that which is permitted originates ...
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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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Satmar before 1905

What did the Kehillas Satu Mare (Satmar) have in terms of minhagim, nusach, etc. before R' Yoel ben R' Chananiah-Yom-Tov-Lipa Teittelbaum founded the Satmar Hasidic Sect/Dynasty?
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Location of Eden in Seder Histalshilus

In Likutei Torah parshas Tzav (pg. 16d and onward) and Shaar HaEmunah by the Mittler Rebbe (ch. 57 and onward) discuss the splitting of the river in the future, and part of that description is that it ...
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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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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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Location of Mochin Steemin?

In likutei torah, parshas re'ah page 21b, the Alther Rebbe maps out the three different "holy's" that the angels say. The first two correspond to 1) inner layer of "sovev kol almin" which is totally ...
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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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Chassidic aversion to dual-sided implement-wearing

Disclaimer: This may sound like purim-torah-in-jest, but since Mi Yodeya has pasken'ed that only Adar Sheni is elegible for such, I (despite my personal minhag) post this question in all seriousness. ...
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Where to get a Kapoteh online

Is there any place online where I could purchase a Chassidic kapoteh? I know there are places in NY where you can get them but I do not live in the North East.
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What biographical information is known about Rabbi Yitzchak Izaik Zorovitz?

What biographical information is known about Rabbi Yitzhak Izaik ben Yaakov haLevi Zorovitz, author of this sefer, among others. Apparently he was of a Chassidic background, but I wasn't able to find ...
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Why follow a rebbe's every custom?

I'v noticed among some chassidim (Chabad in particular) that they will follow every minute practice attributed to a their rebbe, even to inconsequential ones. For example, I've noticed that most ...
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Nusach Sefard vs. Nusach Ha-Arizal

So I was wondering what differences there are between Nusach Sefard, the traditional Chassidic nusach and Nusach Ha-Arizal, the Chabadnik nusach arranged by the Alter Rebbe (Rabbi Schneur Zalman of ...
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Does the cherem that the Vilna Gaon put on certain sectors of Chassidus still apply?

It is known that the Vilna Gaon put 2 sectors of Chassidus in Cherem. I am wondering who has permitted them now seeing as we non-Chassidim don't make borders between them and ourselves.
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What do you call a female Chosid?

I have encountered a lot of different words purporting to be the feminine version of Chosid (Hasid/Hassid/חסיד). I have seen or heard: Chosides (~Chosidit?) Chasideh/Chasida Most recently, "...
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Purchasing bekishes online

Does anyone know where I could get a bekishe online besides eBay? I need it to be online because I don't live anywhere near a place where I could normally go to a physical store for one.
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“The feelings reveal the soul.”(Pieseszner Rebbe). Is this idea accepted by contemporary Orthodox thought?

In “Experiencing the Divine: A Practical Jewish Guide,” by Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira (the Pieseszner Rebbe), translated by Yaacov Dovid Shulman, the Rebbe says, (p 28): Every feeling that is ...
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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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Are there any misnaged works?

Recently I have been reading the Tanya so that I can discuss Chabad Chassidus with my friend. I think it's only fair to see what the other side has to say, so is there any work that the mitnagdim ...
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Lubavitch Hiskashrus

I was recently on a Lubavitch dating site in which the following profile question was asked: Hiskashrus (select all that apply): __ 770 __ Igros __ Ohel Is this question asking how you prefer to get ...
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Why was Chassidus controversial?

When Chassidus came about, it was very controversial. The Vilna Gaon even put Chassidim in cherem. What were the reasons for the controversy? And why is there peace and mutual respect today between ...
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In search of book(s) by the Koznitser Maggid

I'm in search of a possibility to read online (and free) some books of Rabbi Yisroel Hopsztajn Hupstein, most specifically the work Geulath Israel (on the writings of the Maharal). He cited this book ...
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Did Rabbi Dovid Feinstein of Uzda wear tefilin that were Ktav Ari or Ktav Beit Yosef? What about his son?

The biographical sketch of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein that appears in the beginning of Igrot Moshe volume 8 states that his father, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein of Uzda, was born and raised Hassidic, but took on ...
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Source for a story: Rambam paskening people out of heaven

I'm sorry to ask a source-seeking question (because I don't like seeing them myself), but I'm at a loss here in trying to find what I think is a theologically important Hassidic story. The story goes ...
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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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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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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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What to call the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe [closed]

Often times a few different rebbes are mentioned (either previous Chabad rebbes or rebbes of other Chasudusim) in the same talk and then the word "The Rebbe" comes in and it's ambiguous. I have heard ...
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Chasidic Sefarim on the Moadim

I am looking for a comprehensive list of Chasidic sefarim which deal with every one of the Moadim, in terms of Machshava/Hashkafa. One I know of so far which meets this criteria is Pri Tzaddik by Rav ...
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Where does human consciousness derive from according to kabbalistic teachings?

In the kabbalah there is an extensive writing on how a human's soul derive from different worlds, Nefesh - Assiyah, Ruach - Yetzira etc. Then we also have the distinction between the G-dly soul and ...
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Reb Yoel's opinion on Torah of Baal Shem Tov

In the answer here, an opinion that 'the Torah of the Baal Shem Tov is forgotten' is attributed to Reb Yoel of Satmar. Is there an actual source for these words being said by him? Is there any ...
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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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How To Prevent Eyes from wondering [duplicate]

My name is Ariel and I am converting to Judaism. I am converting with Chabad (I am aware Chabad does not have any beys dins), and Bezrat Hashem I will be wearing a Black Fedora very soon. However, I ...
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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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Raising of the sparks

Central in the chassidic philosophy is the concept of the raising of the sparks of holiness to the realm of Atzilut. For Source, see for example this: "It is part of the spiritual structure of the ...
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What is the difference between a Rebbe Rashab Tallis and the regular chabad tallis?

What is the difference between a Rebbe Rashab Tallis and the regular chabad tallis Was this a specific thing just for his time or do chassidim still follow this today? Is there a difference in tallis ...