Hasidism is a sect within Orthodox Judaism that emphasizes fervent prayer, maintaining a deep connection with a grand rabbi, insularity, and strict adherence to Jewish law. The sect was founded by the Baal Shem Tov in 18th century Poland. Today, Hasidic Jews primarily live in New York City, London, Antwerp, and all throughout Israel. Hasidism … Continue reading What is Hasidism in Judaism?
Hasidic Jews wear sidecurls or "peyos" to differentiate themselves from others, as a stringency in Jewish law, and as a mystical/kabbalistic practice. Unsure what I mean by sidecurls? Here is a picture of a Hasidic Jew with sidecurls: Now, let's dig a little deeper to truly understand the three primary reasons why Hasidic Jews wear … Continue reading Why Do Hasidic Jews Have Sidecurls?
I've gotten a few messages from readers wanting to learn more about women in Hasidic life and Hasidic women rules. So I decided to write a post about the "takanot" or decrees in the Toldos Aharon sect that relate to women. All of the takanot in this post can be found in the sefer Takanot Vehadrachot. This is … Continue reading Hasidic Women Rules – Toldos Aharon Takanot For Women
Hasidic Vs Orthodox. What's the difference? Let me get right down to it: Hasidic Jews are a sect/movement within Orthodox Judaism. All Hasidic Jews are Orthodox, but not all Orthodox Jews are Hasidic. There are various sects within Orthodox Judaism and the Hasidic movement is only one of them. If you are not very familiar … Continue reading Hasidic Vs Orthodox: What’s The Difference?
This post is primarily based on the sefer Neitzutzei Tomer, which is a compilation of quotes and stories from Reb Yoel Teitelbaum, the founder of Satmar chassidut. The sefer is broken up into various subjects such as chassidut, Torah learning, holidays, education, shabbat, etc. For those of you that are more visual, here's a picture of … Continue reading Education In Satmar
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