Hasidic Groups

"I mean there’s a lot more to it," he said. "This is a simplistic introduction. There are some Hasidic groups which are more emotional, focusing more on emotional aspects, like Belz or Ger. The emotional forms are found in Hasidic groups that evolved in Poland.

"Chabad or Lubavitch, which are really two interchangeable words, is a much more intellectual approach. It evolved in Lithuania, which was the center of Jewish intellectualism and scholarship two hundred years ago. The works of the great rabbis of Chabad are considered to be classics of Jewish philosophy and theology. These classics are studied in many universities and almost every center of academic studies, as well as Biblical studies. You’ll find the works of Chabad philosophy studied by a significant constituency. There are many people who, while they are not Hasidim, find they’re interested in Hasidic philosophy.

"Now, our Chabad focus is basically on developing an intellectual awareness and understanding of spirituality," Rabbi Eliezrie clarified. "Then, through that awareness we develop a sensitivity to godliness which affects our day-to-day living." He explained that the Jew observes six hundred and thirteen commandments and is obligated to fulfill his role in sharing basic values of belief in God and morality with all of society.






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