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Chassidism

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Chassidism: (a) The movement within Judaism founded by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), stressing service of G-d through the mystical in addition to the legalistic dimension of Judaism, the power of joy, love of G-d and one's fellow, emotional involvement in prayer, finding G-dliness in every aspect of one's existence, and the elevation of the material universe; (b) the teachings and philosophy of this movement; see also Chabad
Teachings from the core essence
The Baal Shem Tov’s teachings are like a diamond of many different facets, and yet it is one glistening essence. And from that essence comes life.
Historical and biographical studies
Discover the famous – and some of the not-so-famous – chassidic personalities of the past three centuries. Learn how chassidism, and Chabad chassidism in particular, developed and became a monumental force in world Jewry.
Who gave permission to reveal the secrets of millennia?
For millennia, these were secrets, only to be revealed to a select few. What changed that allowed the Baal Shem Tov to reveal them, and his student's disciple to open the floodgates?
The Alter Rebbe’s Unique Approach
How is Chassidus Chabad Different?
What is the special contribution of the Chabad approach of chassidus, and what are we meant to accomplish with it?
1965
The Rebbe articulated a vision of Chassidism that illuminates the theological and methodological principle at the core of all his teachings.
The Jews in Exile
The Baal Shem Tov and the Chasidic Movement
Following a period of terrible demoralization for the Jewish people that included the Chmielnicki uprising and the Shabtai Tzvi debacle, new hope arose in the form of the Chasidic movement.
Thoughts for 19 Kislev
A Chasidic Story
In honor of the "Chasidic New Year" celebrated on the 19th day of Kislev, Rabbi Moshe New shares a chasidic story from which we can learn what Chasidism is all about.
A Jew is a Jew is a Jew
The Chasidic Revolution
The "Chasidic revolution" of the late 1700s and early 1800s revealed the basic truth that "a Jew is a Jew is a Jew." This premise -- that a Jew always remains essentially Jewish -- also introduced a new approach for dealing with spiritual defects when the...
Do-It-Yourself Judaism
Chabad is a cognitive approach that has faith in the divine spark within each of us, and empowers us to find that spark and fan its flames. Not through coercion, not through guilt or tirades from the pulpit, nor by promises of instant enlightenment does C...
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