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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
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.
The Early Years
A brief biographical overview of the founder of the Chasidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760).
The Chassidic masters were revolutionaries of their time. Breathing new life into a world that was still reeling from the pogroms and expulsions of the middle ages, they set Jewish thought on a new course. In this last installment of the Rebbe's Teachings...
In the face of all our many imperfections, what does it mean to hope for - and attain - redemption? In this last installment of “Love. Joy. Truth.” join us as we explore the utility of failure, and the meaning of redemption.
The philosophy of G-d’s oneness (Tanya Ch. 20-21)
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 4
We are introduced to a novel definition of the levels of tzaddik and rasha in Tanya, which is worlds apart and far more complex than simply describing someone as either righteous or wicked. (covering chapters 9-11)
A Journey Through Tanya, Lesson 2
What is the true nature of the human condition, and what is the inner makeup of the Jew? How are we to understand the reality of a soul, and what is the unique persona, faculties and expressions of the soul? (covering chapters 1-4)
Return: Five Paths for Getting Closer to G-d - Lesson 2
Earnestly embracing the moment as a way of experiencing intimacy with G-d.
The "Average" Jew, Lesson 1
Souls: We've all got 'em. But what is it about the soul that makes us into who we are? In this week's lesson, learn about the twin souls of man, the garments that they're clothed in, and most important of all: What it really means to be an 'average' Jew.
Welcome to the Tanya - a classic, Chassidic text, written 200 years ago, that turns all preconceived notions of what it means to be human upside down. Do we have one soul or two? What does it mean to be righteous? And are we supposed to take life seriousl...
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