Category: Chassidus

Lag Ba’Omer – One Big (Printing) Mistake?

Every Lag Ba’Omer, thousands of Chassidim and others travel to Meron to the grave of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai to celebrate his death. The only problem is, we have never heard of someone celebrating the death of a person! The Chasam Sofer reportedly even once asked, “Since when is it that the day a tzaddik dies is a holiday?”

Apparently it’s all based on a misprint from something the Ari”ZL wrote. It was the Ari’s practice to visit R’ Shimon Bar Yochai’s grave, since it has been common practice to visit the graves of Tzaddikim for centuries. Now, when R’ Chaim Vital recorded the Ari”ZL’s writings, he kept them private.

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From Neo-Nazi to Hasidic Jew

“I try to forget, but I can’t.” BY KATHERINE WILTON, THE GAZETTE MONTREAL – Pawel Bromson grew up in Poland where he and his skinhead friends sometimes roamed the streets of Warsaw, terrorizing Jewish, Arab and black children. On one…

The Hasidic Drugdealer – BBC

BBC recorded a few years ago the life and lifestyle of an English Satmar Hasid who was released after 9 years in prison for drug trafficking. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

Gebrokts!

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 461:4) writes that one fulfills the Mitzvah of Matzoh with matzoh shruyah – gebrochts, soaked Matzah – as long as the Matzoh remains intact and whole. This is based upon the Gemorah itself (Psachim 41a) which…

Oprah’s Visit to Hasidic Brooklyn

Clearly Oprah is exploring the previously hidden and shunned culture of Chabad Chassidus. Visit Jewish.TV for more Jewish videos. Oprah Winfrey spent a day visiting Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, NY. At the end of the day, Rabbi Motti Seligson of…

What did Avraham Avinu wear?

Why, a Shtreimel and Bekishe, of course! That’s the standard “cut and paste”” answer you’ll get for this question. But here’s an answer that might – or might not – surprise you. Translation: “Said the Holy Genius of Sanz, may his…