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.
By Shmuel Boteach. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1993. 273 pages. $30.00. At a time when the Lubavitcher Hasidim have nearly proclaimed their leader, Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, as the Messiah, Jewish believers would do well to understand something about Hasidism, the mystical variety of Orthodox Judaism that has existed for the past two hundred years […]
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 […]