Directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky
At the beginning of this fascinating documentary, Leonard Nimoy (who shares the narration with Sarah Jessica Parker) notes, “Hasidim are a minority within a minority. They arouse controversy among other Jews, no less than among gentiles.” The film explores some of that controversy, though filmmakers Daum (who lives in Crown Heights, home to the Lubavitch Hasidim) and Rudavsky paint a mostly loving portrait of this distinctive branch of Judaism.
Outreach to Hassidic (extremely Orthodox Jewish) communities is a wonderful mystery. Here in London we’ve been accustomed to initiating conversations without our Jews for Jesus T-shirts, making sure to talk about the gospel, but usually not in the first sentence. But because outreach to these communities is still somewhat new, we have a lot to […]
Growing up in Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, I had tremendous respect for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community known as the Hasidim. Though they lived in a world apart from the rest of us, they had a tremendous impact on my early desire to know more about the God I prayed to every night, and even—indirectly—on my calling […]
Yoel and Adel Ben David live in San Francisco. Now both aged 30, they married when they were 20 and were involved in the Hasidic Breslov movement. Here is their story. I was born in Israel and lived there for the first three years of my life,” Yoel begins. “My father worked for a hotel […]
Book Title: The Wolf Shall Lie With the Lamb: The Messiah in Hasidic Thought Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: March 1, 1993 Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; First Softcover edition Genre: 1. Religion2. Religion & Spirituality ISBN: 978-0876683392 Reviewer: Scott Rubin Review Date: March 1, 1993 At a time when the Lubavitcher Hasidim have nearly proclaimed […]
A BASIC TRAINING IN JEWISH SPIRITUALITY: DIVINITY IN OURSELVES. That was the name of the class offered by the SFJCC (San Francisco Jewish Community Center) institute for Jewish Living and Learning. The instructors were Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ms. Eve Ilsen. The ad promised exciting results from the weekend’s lectures: Whatever your life path has […]