In my last post I discussed the Sefer Takanot Vehadrachot, which essentially serves as a sort of life guidebook for Toldos Aharon Hasidim. The Sefer includes a compiled list of the main takanot (decrees) that they must live by to stay part of the sect. Now, let's discuss a few takanot: 1. Every Hasid (that lives in Jerusalem) must … Continue reading Toldos Aharon Takanot – Prayer
In my introduction to the hasidic sect of Toldos Aharon I discussed the "Takanot" (decrees) that Toldos Aharon hasidim must keep in order to be a part of the group. It is not without reason that I referred to Toldos Aharon hasidim as modern day Essenes. They are in my opinion, the most strict group of Jews in … Continue reading Sefer Takanot Vehadrachot – Toldos Aharon
Despite having a loyal group of followers in Satmar, Hungary, Reb Arele made a decision to move to the British Mandate of Palestine. His decision came after the death of his Rebbe, the Rav of Bluzov as well as another unusual occurrence. One morning on his way to the mikveh he noticed graffiti on the door of his … Continue reading Reb Arele And Eretz Yisrael
In Reb Arele's biography HaRebbe HaKadosh there is a discussion of his following in the town of Satmar (located in Hungary). His followers mainly consisted of working men, but he also recruited some top Yeshiva Bochurim (learned students). Reb Arele played the role of "Rebbe" for his group of followers, yet he refused to take that title. Instead, … Continue reading Reb Arele And His Followers In Satmar
Part of Reb Arele's Derech Hashem was fasting, denying himself pleasures, and other forms of self-denial for the sake of God. One interesting practice Reb Arele had was self-flagellation. This practice was only mentioned once in the Sefer HaRebbe HaKadosh, but stood out me. The practice has a long history in Christianity and Islam, but I … Continue reading Reb Arele and Self-flagellation
In my previous post I discussed the basics of the Sefer "Rebbe HaKadosh," which chronicles the life of Reb Arele. One of the most interesting chapters in the book is the discussion of Reb Arele's derech Hashem (his way of serving God). Learning Reb Arele's derech is crucial for understanding the Hasidic sects that stem from him … Continue reading Reb Arele’s Derech Hashem
Rav Aharon Roth, known to his followers as Reb Arele, is the patriarch of Shomrei Emunim, Toldos Aharon, and Toldos Avrohom Yitzchak. Understanding Reb Arele, is key to understanding these sects and what they are all about. I would highly recommend reading Reb Arele's biography "Sefer Rebbe HaKadosh." Here is a picture of the sefer: The sefer runs … Continue reading Sefer Rebbe HaKadosh – Biography of Reb Arele
An introduction to one of the most insular and fervent hasidic sects, Toldos Aharon.