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? 3/26/2015

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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

    Try adding the following Harachaman to your blessing after meals for the Shmitah year, and GO HERE for a musical version and a pdf you can print out.
    הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יָשִׁיב לִבֵּינוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ, לְמַעַן נֵשַׁב יָחַד עִמָהּ, בְּשָבְתָהּ כָּל שְׁנַת הַשְׁמִיטָה

    May the merciful One turn our hearts toward the land, so that together we may dwell with her, in her sabbath-resting during the whole year of the Shmita.

    Haraḥaman hu yashiv libeinu el ha'aretz, l'ma'an neishev yaḥad imah, b'shovtah kol sh'nat hash'mitah

    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.

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