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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
An overview of the general nature of Jewish mysticism, its place within Judaism, the unique aspects that distinguish it from non-Jewish mysticism, and the significance of its dissemination in modern times.
The Kohen shall dissolve [the writing] in the bitter waters (5:23) G-d says: Let my name be erased in the water, if only to bring peace between man and wife. - Sifri "…and he skips over me with love (Song of Songs 2:4)" - Great is G-d's love for Israel; H...
Letter No. 146:
This letter was addressed to R. Moshe Leib Rodshtein who was serving as the director of Agudas Chassidei Chabad in Chicago at this time. B”H, Tuesday, 26 Adar, 5704, Brooklyn Greetings and blessings, a) Your letter (enclosed in the letter sent to my rever...
The most succinct definition of Jewish mysticism is found in the Zohar . Said R. Shimon: Woe to the man who says that the Torah merely tells tales and ordinary matters. (The Torah contains many narratives, especially in the Book of Genesis (Bereishit), wh...
From the preceding passages of the Zohar we have a profound understanding of the very nature of the Torah in general, and of its mystical dimension in particular. Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah and Chassidism, are nishmata de'orayta (the very soul of the ...
The soul-body analogy is not just a nice metaphor. It is meant quite literally and evokes the very nature and relevance of Jewish mysticism. On the human level, the soul is `unique, altogether pure, concealed, abides in the innermost precincts of the body...
An exclusive study of nigleh - the exoteric Torah, may equip the student with Torah-knowledge. He may acquire profound scholarship. Nonetheless, it allows also the possibility that the student-scholar remain separate from the Torah itself. On a crude leve...
To the Mekubbal or Chassid, the mitzvot are not only categorical imperatives of formal morality, acts of obedience and submission to G-d. The term mitzvah is an idiom of tzavta - of being joined together. It implies being unified with the very act of the ...
The principle of unity is fundamental to Judaism, expressing itself in each of the major concepts of our faith: G-d, Torah, and Israel. Achdut Hashem, the Unity of G-d, is a fundamental and all- comprehensive principle of Judaism, second only to existence...
It may appear paradoxical, but the emphasis on the universal, on the ultimate oneness of all, also emphasizes the particular. For everything created by G-d, thus everything that is part of the universal, is created for a distinct purpose, with a distinct ...
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