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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
Devorah Leah’s Story
Breaking down in tears, Devorah Leah begged them, “I ask you to swear a serious oath that cannot be broken, that you will follow my request even if a human life is at stake.”
"I am very impressed with your chassidim. However, I see your chassidim spending so much time learning chassidic texts. Doesn't this go against a Talmudic directive?..."
“What have you been doing for the last year?” asked the incensed father-in-law. “What have you accomplished wasting your time by those wild men?” “I learned that G‑d creates the world,” answered the young man.
“Grind, mix, pour, squander the entire gemstone,” commanded the king. “Who knows? Perhaps a single drop will enter the mouth of my son, and he will be healed!”
When the man saw me he asked: "What is a small child doing all alone in the forest? Are you not afraid to be in the forest all by yourself?"
No sage since Biblical times is more known than Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov as an incredible miracle worker. Read some amazing stories about the feats of the founder of the chassidic movement.
The Baal Shem Tov loved light. So his disciples always made sure to have many candles burning whenever they expected their master...
The chassid hurried through the streets of Karlin, heading to the home of Rabbi Aharon. Suddenly a Russian policeman stood before him, blocking his path. Immediately the chassid’s hands were bound . . .
Someone lit a lamp. People squinted at each other in the sudden light, and then, to their shock and surprise, they noticed a new face among them . . .
"Tell us Rebbe! If you have the ability to stir such a Jew to repentance, why don't we, who spend so much time with you and try so hard to improve, find it easier to repent?"
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