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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. Its first aim was to help people integrate Chasidic customs, learning, and nusach into new contexts. Over time, neohasid has added eco-Torah and earth-centered liturgy, as well as gender-liberating liturgy, to its mission, and was also a founding member of the Green Hevra represented at many Jewish environmental events. 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, 6/13/2024

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  • TISHA B'AV: Download Laments/Eikhah, Learn about Tisha B'Av and refugees, learn nigunim here (including Reb Zalman's Nachamu).
  • Get all the Torah verses about loving and protecting the stranger and refugee in one doc!
  • Click here for all the Shmitah/Sabbatical year resources on neohasid!
  • Rainbow Day! (June 3-4 in 2024)
  • 15+ Earth prayers on neohasid ~ including Borei Nefashot art cards, and Kaddish for a Human Minyan
  • Click here for Kiddush Levanah - the Blessing of the Moon!
  • A prayer for the land and the State of Israel, for democracy and for wise judges, for our times. The third paragraph works as a prayer for the whole land in this time of war.
  • Here is a prayer for democracy and against tyranny, everywhere, with Ukraine and the U.S. foremost in mind. It can be recited in the prayer against minim in the Amidah. I also say it everytime I open my News feed app. This prayer is based on the 2004 version of neohasid's voting prayer. Click here for a PDF or here for a JPG.
    May You tear out autocracy, tyranny and despotism, ruin those who cheat and deceive, and upend those who oppress the vulnerable. Make the reign of the arrogant disappear from all lands.
    May the people attacking democracies everywhere stumble and fail, and may their plans be as nought. Stop them, humble them, bring on their downfall, soon, in our days.

    May You give to all peoples the strength and will to pursue righteousness and seek peace as a unified force, so that violence be uprooted, and healing, good life and peace may flourish.

    [Add urgent issues of the hour here]

    תְעַקֵּר רוֹדָנוּת וְטִירוּנִיָא וָעָרִיצוּת
    וּתְשַׁבֵּר רַמַאִים
    וּתְמַגֵּר עֹשְׁקֵי נִדְכָּאִים
    תַעֲבִיר מֶמְשֶׁלֶת זָדוֹן מִן הָאָרֶץ
    תַּכְשִׁיל פּוֹגְעִים בְּדֵמוֹקרָטִיָה וְתָּפֵר תַחְבּוּלוֹתָם
    תְכַלֵּם וְתַשְׁפִּילֵם וְתַכְנִיעֵם בִּמְהֵרָה בְיָמֵינו

    תִּתֵּן לְכָל אֻמּוֹת הָעוֹלָם הָכֹּחַ וְהַרָצוֹן
    לִרְדֹף צֶדֶק וּלְבַקֵּשׁ שָׁלוֹם כְּאַגֻדָה אַחַת
    לֲעַקֹר חָמָס וּלְהַצְמִיחַ רְפוּאָה וְחַיִים טוֹבִים וְשָׁלוֹם

    May God help the United States throw off the forces arrayed against democracy, and may God let Ukraine triumph over Russian imperialism. May the Palestinians attain freedom and democracy, and may Israel act and be seen as a force for making that happen.

  • Listen to Rabbi Seidenberg's interview about Shmitah with "Judaism Unbound" and with Wilderness Torah
  • Newly composed songs by Rabbi David Seidenberg
  • "YUGE" TIKKUN OLAM resources, articles, history, text study, including 29 texts on Tikkun Olam from the 2nd century to the twentieth

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  • Read the Introduction to Kabbalah and Ecology
  • Reb Duvid's articles online: Times of Israel | Jewish Journal | Tikkun magazine | Tikkun Daily | Huffington Post | The Jew and the Carrot | Scribd |
  • Reb Duvid's liturgy on other sites: opensiddur | ritualwell
  • 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.

  • Here are the lyrics to Shimshai's song video based on Hoshea 2:20:

    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 of the field and with the birds of the skies, and all creatures that crawl on the Earth, and bow and sword and war I will break from the land, so that they all will lay down in safety.

    Music by Shimshai with Assi Rose on accordion. You can 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