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What is a Chassid?

In its most commonly used form the title Chassid lends itself to someone who is a member of the Chassidic movement....

What is the purpose of the uniquely Chassidic attire?

Question: What is the origin of Hasidic attire? I recently read a book that simply wrote Hasidic garb off as a remnant of ghetto life in Europe but...

Why do many Orthodox Jews wear a hat while praying?

Respect  As a sign of respect for whom they are praying to. In Judaism a head covering doesn't merely cover what is beneath it; it...

Why do chassidim wear a gartel (black sash/belt) when praying?

Have you never heard of a “black belt” in Judo-ism? Ok, seriously, the prophet Amos said: “Prepare to meet your G-d, of Israel! ”1...

Chai Elul (the 18th of Elul)

On the 18th of Elul, we celebrate the birthdays of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. The Baal Shem Tov, founder of the...

What is a Nigun?

A Nigun would be literally described as a wordless tune. Yet, within the world of niggunim there is not one standardized style of Nigun. Generally it is...

Why do chassidic men cut their hair short?

a. According to kabbalah, hair should be as short as possible.b. Long hair, and hair styles, normally stem from (and lead to) vanity. Chassidim try not to...

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...

Why do many chassidim pray so late?

1. Chassidus demands that prayer be preceded by strenuous preparation: Immersion in the mikvah, studying chassidus, meditating into the greatness of G-d,...

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...