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What is Chabad?
A. Chabad is a movement founded by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (a city in Belarus) about 200 years ago. He was a student of the successor of the...

Why don't Chassidic men shave?
A. Negative Mitzvah #44 states that one should not shave. However, there is wiggle room in Halachah.It is forbidden for a man to shave his face with a...

What is Chassidism?
A. Chassidism is the Judaism-revolutionizing, Moshiach-bringing movement that swept across and overtook classical Judaism in the early-to-mid 1700s. It was...

Is there a Jewish way to meditate?
Jews do meditate. Yet there is no one way of Jewish meditation. There are various methods of Jewish meditation. They range from simple meditations, such...

How did Chassidic philosophy come to be?
Chassidic philosophy came into existence at a very tumultuous time in Jewish history. Three hundred years ago, the Jews of Eastern Europe and Russia...

What is the difference between Chassidism and Orthodox Judaism?
To someone who is not a Chassidic or Orthodox Jew, it may be impossible to distinguish between the two. (All those black clothes!) However, there is a...

How can Chassidism demand joyfulness when there are so many problems?
Problems in the world? That's precisely why Chassidism demands a positive attitude.Chassidism stresses happiness because being happy smashes obstacles....

Why do some randomly open a Jewish book and search for prophetic wisdom?
I don't know about the prophecy part--haven't heard that at all. But there is something to the idea that to remain connected to your teacher's...

What does "spiritual" mean?
Physical things are instances of Creation we measure and define. Spiritual things are what is there before we define them.The vast majority of the cosmos...

What is this idea of Rebbes providing a blessing?
Question:  It also seems that Rebbes of the past are highly revered, almost idolized. What is this idea of Rebbes providing a blessing? I thought...

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