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Why is number ten significant -- Commandments, men in a minyan, etc.?

The number ten symbolizes perfection. The world was created with ten utterances (Avos 5:1), this is because the Torah, which is the blue print which G-d...

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...

Shouldn't the most worthy person -- not necessarily the son -- become the next Rebbe?

Priesthood, royalty and high priesthood are just a few of the distinctions that are passed from parent to child. Maimonides writes (Laws of Kings 1:7)...

What's the difference between Chabad and other Chassidism?

An Orthodox Jew is someone who abides by all the commandments of the Torah and all Rabbinic decrees. This description applies to Chabad as well as many...

Why do some Jews attack Chassidim, particularly Chabad?

I believe that the friction that exists today between chassidim and misnagdim is not motivated by ideology. When the chassidic movement was founded by the...

Why do Chassidim celebrate their Rebbes' Yahrtzeits?

When a righteous person passes away, it certainly is a tremendous loss for his/her followers and disciples. But the soul of the tzaddik (righteous person)...

Why do people pray at the gravesite of holy people?

Praying at the gravesite of a righteous person can help a person physically as well as spiritually. Our sages tell us1 the reason why Caleb was...

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,...

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...