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  • The Mission Continues

    As in the past so it remains today - we were and still are under the selfsame commitment to adhere to the directions of the Gedolei Yisrael, who stand guard against breaches of purity threatening our camp. When we were required to ask – we asked. When we were instructed to depart – we left. The moment we are summoned back to raise the flag, every other consideration is pushed to the side and we answer: We are ready!

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  • Harav Yisrael Friedman zy”a, the Rebbe of Husyatin

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    The ancestral chain of Harav Yisrael Friedman, the founder of the Husyatin chassidic court, originates with the holy Baal Shem Tov. The Husyatin chassidus has its roots in Galicia and eventually came to Tel Aviv, during the turbulent years between the two World Wars.

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  • Maccabi'im Gravesite

    In honour of Chanukah, we will discuss a fascinating, ongoing investigation attempting to establish the place of burial of Mattisyahu Kohen Gadol and his family.

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At Three Years – 'Chalake'

There are three main places that people do the 'Chalake'- by the grave of Shimon Hatzadik, Shmuel Hanavi and by Rashbi in Meron.

N. Lieberman 14/10/2009 09:00
The custom of 'Chalake' is a ceremony where the hair of a three-year old Jewish boy is cut for the first time, leaving only the sidelocks intact, so as to fulfill the commandment of "You shall not clip the corner of your hair".

The word 'Chalake' means 'to cut' in Arabic. Therefore, some people claim that the custom is derived from Islam, as the Muslims traditionally cut their hair over the gravesites of their forefathers. However, most opinions regard "Chalake' as an ancient Jewish custom which fulfills the commandment of leaving sidelocks, and the profound joy that accompanies the ceremony is derived from the fact that the child is educated to keep the commandments.

Many people have the custom to celebrate the 'Chalake' in Meron, at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, amidst song and dance. Others traditionally perform the ceremony on Lag Ba'omer, on the 18th of Iyar, which is the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shimon, even though the boy's third birthday takes place before that. It is customary to put a skullcap on the boy's head on his third birthday; many, however, do it even before the age of three.

Many Jerusalemites have the custom of conducting the 'Chalake' at the gravesite of the Prophet Samuel, while others celebrate it at the gravesite of Simon the Righteous.

The source of the custom of 'Chalake' is derived from Kabbalah, and is referred to by Rabbi Chaim Vital in his book:"The holy Ari would take his little son to Meron together with his extended family, where they would shave off his hair, as is the custom, and they made it into a day of joy and celebration."

Some people have the custom of donating the equivalent amount of money of the cut-off hair to charity.

The Ashkenazi custom is to recite chapter 160 of Psalms during the 'Chalake', while the Sephardim add several other prayers as well.