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Chassidic Tu B’Shvat Sederim [photo]

A selection of Tu B'Shvat photos from various Chassidic dynasties in Israel

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Braces for 30,000 Travelers to Uman

Tens of thousands of travelers are heading this week to Uman to pray at the grave site of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Vizhnitzer Rebbe, shlita, Hospitalized in New York City

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Mordechai Hager, shlita, has been hospitalized at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.

Chassidic Tu B’Shvat Sederim [photo]

A selection of Tu B'Shvat photos from various Chassidic dynasties in Israel

Skverer Rebbe of New Square Set to Visit Israel

The Skverer Rebbe of New Square is expected to arrive in the Holy Land for a visit at the start of next week.

Thousands of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis Gather at NYC’s Largest Banquet

More than 5,200 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis and communal leaders sat down to exchange news at this year's international emissaries' conference in NYC.

Breslovs Go In, But They Don’t Come Out… [video]

A Breslov convoy snuck into Shechem last night to go to Joseph's Tomb. Some got caught by the PA Police, were beat up, and eventually released.

Uman Jews Fined $15K for Breslov Pilgrims’ Tent City

The city of Uman has fined its Jewish community $15,000 for the erecting an unlicensed tent city to greet pilgrims for the Rosh HaShana holiday.

The Beauty (and the Beast) of Chasidus

Even the subject of sexual relations is discussed quite candidly and in my opinion quite beautifully.

Livni, Bennett Back Bill to Pretend Jews Need Only One Chief Rabbi

The idea of “One Rabbi for One People” sounds lovely, but can Jews really get along with each other if they have nothing to argue about?

Intimacy in a Jewish Marriage

Sexual dysfunction can take various forms for both men and women. If those statistics are right, it is a much bigger problem that I ever thought.

Hit-and-Run Killer of Satmar Couple Charged with Manslaughter

Julio Acevedo, the driver of a car in an accident that killed Satmar Chassidim Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizy in Brooklyn was...

Would-Be N.Y. Synagogue Bomber Sentenced to 10 Years

An Algerian immigrant who admitted to planning to blow up synagogues in New York City was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Ahmed Ferhani, 28,...

Shidduchim: Why Personality Compatibility Matters

Dear Readers: Much of my private practice is devoted to helping couples in conflict resolve their differences. I have discovered over the years that personality compatibility is an essential component of a happy marriage. Many of the couples I see in therapy struggle with reconciling radically different modes of communicating and coping with life’s issues. As a result, it is often the case that arguments ensue, empathy is strained and estrangement sets in. With that as a backdrop, here are several fictitious vignettes of couples that are personality incompatible.

Harmony And Unity

The Gaon, Rav Yisrael Hopstein, known as the Maggid of Koznice, was the prototype of Aharon HaKohen. He loved peace. When the dispute arose between the Chassidim and the Misnagdim he refused to participate in it. When asked to help the cause of the Chassidim, he replied: “Not through quarrels or excommunications can Chassidim hope to win, but only through showing their strength in the study of Torah, prayers, observing mitzvos and doing the work of Hashem.”

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part X)

To the misnaged-opponent, chassidus was not perceived as a different strand of normative Judaism, nor as a movement to uplift downtrodden Jews – but as an existential threat to Judaism itself. And the threat was no longer viewed as a futuristic potentiality; it was a real and imminent danger, for the movement was no longer limited to just the commoner but had infiltrated the ranks of scholars.

The Evolution Of American Orthodoxy: An Interview with Yeshiva University Librarian Zalman Alpert

Books. Some people love them; others claim they can do without them. For Zalman Alpert, they are essentially his life. For the past 35 years, Alpert has served as a reference librarian at Yeshiva University (YU). Educated at Columbia University’s School of Library Services and New York University’s School of Education, where he attained a master’s degree in Modern Jewish History, Alpert is one of those individuals who knows a little (sometimes a lot) about everything. Over the years, he has contributed articles to such works as Encyclopedia of Hasidim; Jewish American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia; Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture; Midstream; and The Jewish Press.

Chassidic Surfers And Psychedelic Judaism: Daniel Weinstein’s Art

Viewers who read Daniel Weinstein's list of artistic influences on his website will get the impression they are dealing with an unusual sort of Judaica, even before they see the art.

Desecration At The Ohel Of Rabbi Elimelech Of Lejask

It was only last week that thousands of Chassidim went to Lejask (Lizhensk) in order to commemorate the 222nd yahrzeit of the tzaddik, Noam Elimelech of Lejask (1717-1786).

Q & A: Gebrockts (Conclusion)

QUESTION: When I recently got married, I discovered that my wife has a different custom regarding Passover, namely, not eating matza and matza products that have been soaked or cooked in water, also known as the practice of 'brocking'. What is this based on? Whosepractice should prevail in our home?Name Omitted By Request

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