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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

    מוטי, ויקיפדיה העברית

    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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The Jewish Merchant

Why don't Chabad Chassidim wear Shtreimels?

N. Lieberman 09/12/2009 10:00
The Chabad Chassidus, which originates from Russia and Ukraine, is not characterized in today's world by the custom of men wearing Shtreimlach and Kapotahs, as opposed to all the other Chassidic courts originating from the same area.
Actually, Chabad Chassidim of today wear the classic 'kneitsh' hat that represents the Litvish community, as well as the 'sirtuck' jacket, that resembles the Litvishe 'frock'.

This happened as a result of the will of the Admor HaMaharash of Chabad, the third Admor in the Lubavitch dynasty, to disguise himself as a simple merchant rather than being recognized as a Chassidic master.

It came about as the Maharash had to leave Russia and travel to far-away communities for health reasons, communities in which he was unknown.

Inevitably, Chabad followers took on their Rabbi's attire, hence the classic Chabad garb of today.

However, the Maharash's efforts to disguise himself didn't always succeed.

During one of his journey, he came to the city of Belz, where he was introduced to the Admor Rav Yissachar Dov, as a merchant. The Admor, already blind by then, immediately replied: "He most certainly is a merchant, as the verse says: 'for Its (the Torah's) merchandise is superior to all other merchandise'"…