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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.
Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin (1796-1850)
Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin, referred to as the Heiliger Ruzhiner, “the holy one of Ruzhin,” was royalty of the Chassidic movement.
The “First Lady” of the Chassidic Movement
Learn about the Baal Shemtov's only daughter, Udel, who plays a unique role in early Chassidic history.
Discover the special innovation of Chassidus, beyond mysticism, in a variety of areas of Jewish theology, philosophy and practice. Rabbi Paltiel illustrates many of these fresh perspectives through story and anecdote.
What is the distinction between Hasidism and Mitnagdim? What caused the emergence of these groups? And where in the general Hasidic movement, does Chabad-Lubavitch stand?
An online class in honor of the 19th of Kislev
The study of chassidus is compared to coal mining and pearl hunting. These two metaphors shed light on the nature and objective of the revelation of chassidus. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 20, p. 171)
An online class in honor of the 18th of Elul
If we had to categorize Chassidism, what would it be: philosophy, psychology, religious system, moral code, Biblical commentary, Kabbalah, culture, all of the above, or none of the above?
Peer under the broad black hat and learn what makes Hasidim tick
The Alter Rebbe’s Unique Approach
What is the special contribution of the Chabad approach of chassidus, and what are we meant to accomplish with it?
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