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The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) was launched on the 10th anniversary of the first Chasidic egalitarian minyan, founded by Rabbi David Seidenberg in NYC in 1995, to help people integrate Chasidic customs, learning, and nusach into new contexts. Over time neohasid has added eco-Torah and earth-centered liturgy to its mission, and is now a member of the Green Hevra. is dedicated to the memory of Maidi Katz, who was a devoted participant in that minyan.

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What's new or current? 5/11/2016

  • Yom Ha'atsmaut ~ Two entries: A Mizrachi Hatikva, and thoughts about JNF and planting trees.
  • The Omer: counters, widgets, Lag B'Omer, Shoah, Yom Ha'atsmaut, Rainbow Day, Ana Bekhoach, nigunim, more...
  • Get the neohasid voting prayer! Use it in the voting booth, or before the election, in your community.
  • Read the whole introduction to Kabbalah and Ecology here!
  • Here are two Prayers for the Earth — use them in the Torah service or for candlelighting:

  • Pope Francis's Prayer for Our Earth, from Laudato Si ~ in side-by-side English and liturgical Hebrew.
  • Y'kum Purkan Lish'maya: Neohasid's prayer for the earth
  • neohasid = ecohasid: 50+ entries under Eco-Torah. Check them out!
  • More on neohasid:
  • Read lechem tafayl journal online! (JTS winter 1990, 1:1)
  • "Confessions of a Jewish Post-Postmodernist", Response '94
  • Kashroots: Noah and the Kosher Laws.
  • Find more of Reb Duvid's articles on food, ecology and Judaism here.
  • Read more about and listen to Reb Zalman z"l's nigun Bati LeGani.
  • Entries on R. Froman, the Moshav band, Rav Kook, the Rebbe's Ohel and more ~ filed under Culture.

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    The words from this song video are from Hoshea 2:20. They are about the messianic rainbow covenant that is yet to come:

    V’kharati lahem brit bayom hahu im chayat hasadeh v’im of hashamayim v’remes ha’adamah v’keshet v’cherev umilchamah eshbor min ha’aretz v’hishkavtim lavetach
        On that day, I will make a covenant for them with the beasts and the birds, with all creatures that walk on the Earth, that bow and sword and battle will disappear from the land, so that all may safely rest.
    Listen to another version of this song by Amen here!

    I guess it's not an oxymoron anymore.

    —David Roskies, JTS professor of Yiddish Literature,
    after the first meeting of the Chasidic Egalitarian minyan in 1995

    לעילוי נשמת עזריאל גודל בן אפרים הלוי וידידיה     for my father

       The real issue of our age is how we make a graceful and ethical descent from the energy peak. ~ David Holmgren      

    Eco-Hasid   Eco-Torah!

    embracing the Earth, confronting climate change
    in our lives and hearts

    Save the Negev
    Hope for the people, hope for the earth

    Bring Chasidic Nusach to your Community is dedicated to bringing the wellsprings of Chasidut as far as the internet can carry them–an open door to Chasidic songs and traditions (aka "Chasidus"), for everyone: women and men, religious or secular, however observant, connected to a Jewish community or not, featuring eco-Torah, egalitarian and eco- liturgies, and cultural reports on the new Chasidus.

    Participate: Add a song or teaching!

    Use it: Learn and teach a new nigun to your community.


  • "Liberation and the Land" ~ Part 2.
  • On the Kabbalah Centre.
  • Eco-Torah: The Land Ethic, Eco-Rambam, more.
  • Basics: Intro to Kabbalah, and a neohasid glossary, and links to everything on Neohasid related to gender issues.
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