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What is the difference between the teachings of Chabad and other Chassidic streams?


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Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today?

Yehudah: whats the diffrence between the teachings of Chabad Chassidut and other chassidut?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: Chabad Chassidus tends to be more philosophical

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: other chassidus tends to be more inspirational

Yehudah: more details...?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: chabad chassidus aims to teach the student about G-d, creation, a soul, spirituality, purpose of life, etc.

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: with the goal that the student be able to master the material himself and to become self inspired through meditation and introspection

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: the other Chassidus tends to take a different approach

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: it aims to impart inspirational words of Torah that stimualte the heart and soul and arouse the passion for G-d that is latent in every Jewish soul

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: the difference between the two is that the chabad Chassid will achieve inspiration on his or her own merit

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: but the other chassid who is fed by the Rebbe and the torah that the rebbe teaches

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: will probably or at least possibly attain a higher measure of inspiration

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: since it is fed to him from a higher source

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: however, he will always be source dependant

Yehudah: do other Chassidim learn more simple concepts and chabad go much deeper?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: I would not call any chassidus simple at all

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: the concepts are pretty much the same

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: but chabad chassidus does tend to explain the concepts in much more detail and on many different levels

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: so that the concepts can come alive for the lay person

Yehudah: focus is more on internalization?

Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow: correct

Yehudah: thanx so much..

Yehudah: you were really a great help...

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Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Chabad, an acronym for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, is the name of a Chassidic Group founded in the 1770s. Two of the most fundamental teachings of Chabad are the intellectual pursuit of understanding the divine and the willingness to help every Jew who has a spiritual or material need.
(Pl.: Chassidim; Adj.: Chassidic) A follower of the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of "Chassidut." Chassidut emphasizes serving G-d with sincerity and joy, and the importance of connecting to a Rebbe (saintly mentor).
(Pl.: Chassidim; Adj.: Chassidic) Following the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of "Chassidut." Chassidut emphasizes serving G-d with sincerity and joy, and the importance of connecting to a Rebbe (saintly mentor).
A Chassidic master. A saintly person who inspires followers to increase their spiritual awareness.
The teachings of the Chassidic masters. Chassidut takes mystical concepts such as G-d, the soul, and Torah, and makes them understandable, applicable and practical.
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.