Sunday, June 3, 2007


How do we define chassidus? Is it piety, going beyond the letter of the law - lifnim mishuras ha'din? (le-havdil) Is it a philosophical movement like neo-platonism and existentialism? Is it a sub-culture like alternative rock? What is chassidus today? Has it changed since the Baal Shem Tov? What do I want from chassidism and what does it have to offer me? Is chassidus a new idea or an ancient one? What did the Baal Shem Tov add or change?
Food for thought we will try to explore some of these ideas in up-coming posts...

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