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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
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?
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?
The Jews in Exile
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
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" 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...
Founder of the Chassidic Movement
What are the roots of the Chassidic movement? What was the personage of its founder, Rabbi Yisroel Ba’al Shem Tov? Presented is a dialogue with noted scholars and historians as they trace the birth of Chassidism.
The Early Years
A brief biographical overview of the founder of the Chasidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760).
Celebrating the Liberation of Chassidism
This lecture is from a celebratory gathering commemorating the 19th of Kislev, the Chassidic holiday marking the liberation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad Chassidism (Montreal, Canada - Dec. 6, 2009).
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