Sages and Dreamers: Biblical, Talmudic, and Hasidic

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This may be the right path for you — consider it carefully. The men scurry by in long black coats; their hair hangs in corkscrew curls. Some of the better known courts are (in alphabetical order): Amshinov, Alecsander, Belzer, Bobover, Bostoner, Boyaner, Breslov, Ger (Gur), Karlin-Stoliner, Kloisenberger, Lubovicher (Chabad), Modziter, Muncatz, Radziner, Satmar, Skvirer, Slonimer, Tauscher, Vizhnitzer, etc., etc., etc.

The Tales of Rabbi Nachman

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In turn, these notions were passed on to his saintly students and successors, and shaped the Hasidic doctrine of the Tzadik or Rebbe (righteous leader who channels Divine sustenance to his followers). The covering of the face symbolizes the modesty, dignity and chastity which characterizes the virtue of Jewish womanhood. Many New Age ideas can be found within the ancient study of Kabbalah. And his works, even the interpretations of Jewish mystical concepts such as the overflowing wine goblet or the spiritual marriage of God and the chosen people, have a lovely fantasy quality.

Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl: Upright Practices, The Light of

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Footsteps represents anywhere from 10-25 percent of the people who leave, and the number of new people who come each year is rising steadily. The Napoleonic conquest, short as it may have been, precipitated the disintegration, inducing a general upheaval in the empires of the centre and east. Far from pioneering the equality of men and women in Judaism, the Hasidic movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries conceptualized gender in conventional terms drawn unquestioningly from the classical rabbinic, philosophical and kabbalistic sources.

All Is in the Hands of Heaven: The Teachings of Rabbi

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Borenstein published his story on a personal blog and talked to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office about his legal options. Some organizations, like Chabad (Feori) and Keroor (the umbrella body for non-Chabad communities), have engaged in local community building, while others, like Migdal Ohr, have until recently engaged in interesting Russians in their Judaism and then getting them to schools and yeshivas elsewhere as quickly as possible. They might notify the DA after they’ve been to the DA that we’re not pressing the case,” Hikind said.

Tales from Reb Nachman: Parables Told by Rabbi Nachman of

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Through this “raising of the sparks,” the Immanent Divine Glory or Presence (Shekhinah) is liberated from Her exile back into union with the sefirot-aspect of God known as Tif’eret. (This union is symbolically expressed by Kabbalists in openly sexual images of a bride coming to her husband, to the chagrin of rationalist modern Jews and mystics interested in the formless, transpersonal Divine.) In other words, Kabbalah represents a radical way of clearing, sublimating and interiorizing attention so that one becomes a conduit (“pipe,” zinor) for a Divine field of blessing love and healing power (berakhah) that helps restore all creation into the radiant “image and likeness of G-d.”[3] After being covert for much of this century, known only to a few mystics and post-war Israeli scholars, Kabbalah in the last two decades has sprung forth from its hidden recesses through the increasingly public work of these mystics and scholars in conjunction with the curious diggings of Jewish Baby Boom seekers looking for a deeper connection to their tradition.

Moses Cordovero's Introduction to Kabbalah: An Annotated

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Hasidism came to revive the Jews physically and spiritually. So he lit the candle in the forest and performed the other mystical actions, and his deeds were acceptable on high and had the desired effect. Karlin Stolin, which rose already in the 1760s in a quarter of Pinsk, also encompasses a few thousands of adherents. He was succeeded by his son Yeḥi’el (1828–1894), who established a court at Aleksander (Aleksandrów, near Łódź ), ultimately making it the second largest Hasidic dynasty in Poland (after Ger).

Joseph Perl's Revealer Of Secrets: The First Hebrew Novel

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While I was committed to maintaining religious observance when around family and community, I was no longer a believer. In the academic world this trend has been changed, beginning with the scholarly work of Gershom Scholem, though some of the figures in this field give secular interpretations of Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, that can differ with philosophical views from inside the movement. The Besht directed his first efforts at members of the aforementioned pietist elites, hoping they would recognize both his exceptional spiritual powers (which were particularly obvious in his ecstatic prayer) and the legitimacy of his charismatic leadership.

Sparks Beneath the Surface: A Spiritual Commentary on the

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This is why this things have gotten so complicated and confused. His pupils, however, preserved his views on seclusion: "When a person wants to 'seclude' himself, he has to be with another person. We want bring that to everybody and not just a certain group of people," Goldshmiedt added. There is a perennial question who's Jew? but this is one that never arises for the Hasidim, especially the men, who are immediately and always identifiable as such by their distinctive black garb.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: A Biography of the First

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Hasidic (sometimes spelled Chasidic) Judaism is a very vocal sub-group that wields influence beyond its small numbers. I don't say we're perfect, but no one is perfect. Imprisoned in 1927 and then released, he wandered through Russian, Latvian, and Polish cities, finally reaching New York in 1940, where he reestablished his court. They are, from most stringent to least observant: Chasidic (Hasidic), Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. In addition, some countries have large numbers of missing Jews, those who do not identify with being Jewish in any way.

All the Days of Her Life

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A mitzvah done for G‑d’s sake, with great joy and purity of heart, is very precious to the Creator. Rabbis from the Belz Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill have said women driving cars contravenes “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and the conventions of hasidic institutions, according to a report by the Jewish Chronicle. The social division between the sexes begins early in childhood and lasts throughout life.