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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
World-renowned Yuval Yaron tackles the niggun, and emerges more committed to his spirituality.
Ethnomusicologist talks spirituality and music in Chabad tradition
Many a participant and observer of Chabad life has been transfixed by the melodies and strains that punctuate, and indeed uplift, the everyday life of a Chassidic community. The often wordless melodies dictate the mood and set the tone of an event, whethe...
Musician and scholar transcribed and recorded historic “nigunim”
Song has always been at the heart of Chassidic life and practice. Nigunim, usually wordless melodies, have long held a central place in prayer, study and gatherings. Many are considered acts of Divine musical inspiration, with some of the most uplifting w...
The backroom of a Brooklyn landmark building served as the global hub for Jewish connectivity
This is the story of how a handful of young Chassidim set out to build a global communications network in the era before Periscope, Skype, VoIP, or even satellite or Cable TV. Their actions would sow the seeds for dozens of future Chabad-led forays into d...
New materials and online classes for monumental 1912 work
It’s 5:30 a.m. and faxes and e-mails are coming in nonstop. A maintenance worker hauls fresh chocolate cookies off a truck while another stacks endless pairs of non-leather shoes into a wooden shelf.
The Friedman family of Crown Heights has branched out all over the world, taking the music of their patriarch’s Bobover roots with them.
The National Jewish Retreat began Wednesday at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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