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Can I switch Rebbes?


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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

need_a_lead: how is one suposed to believe in only what their Rebbe said? what about other Chassidim and the rebbe of each? should i learn what they said also?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: how old are you

need_a_lead: bas Mitzvah

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok - you ask a good question, and there is a lot to answer to it. This is the internet, and i am talking to other people, and therefore it might take some time. So, a) let's break it up into smaller questions b) please be patient c) don't ask a new question until we finish with an old one

need_a_lead: ok

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok, so let me start with this example: How does a 10 yeard old know they have the right father? maybe he should look what other fathers do? Maybe he shoudl do a "study", and before he wants to do something, he should ask 10 different fathers, and then chose which one is best for him

need_a_lead: i dont see the problem with that...

need_a_lead: i mean, you should listen to your own father, but kids always say "but his tatty lets him do that and so does his"

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: you don't see a problem with that?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: you think a family could function that way?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: you think a child can have a normal healthy education knowing that when his father says no, he can go to his friend's father and get a yes or maybe?

need_a_lead: no, i agree with you

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok - good. So we just broke up the first part, and established the need to have one guide, or direction in life (i am talking about the important things). Just like a child can't have 8 fathers, so too a person can't have 8 spiritual fathers. This doesn't just apply to a Rebbe, it even applies to a Rabbi - a person needs to find their Rabbi, and not ask a different Rabbi every time they have a question, or else they will end up as Jewishly confused as the child who ends up educationally confused because he has 8 fahters

need_a_lead: ok, correct.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: ok - now, can you study what other Rebbe's teach? Sure! As long as you know that a) You have one Rebbe, and he is the one you have to listen to at the end of the day, and b) you need to make sure you have time to study your rebbe's teachings. In other words: It is ok for a 10 year old to find out what his friend's father said as long as a) he knows that he has to listen to HIS OWN father regardless of what the friends father said, and b) he makes sure that he first knows what HIS father says

All names, places, and identifying information have been changed or deleted in order to protect the privacy of the questioners. In order to preserve authenticity, the chat sessions have been posted with a minimum of editing. Please excuse typographical errors, missing punctuation, and/or grammatical mistakes which naturally occur in the course of informal chat sessions.


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Chassidism » Rebbe » Chassidic Masters

(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
(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.