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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) 

The words from this song video are from Hoshea 2:20. They are about the messianic rainbow covenant that is yet to come. 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, 11/28/2021

  • Shmitah resources — liturgy, Torah, study sheets, sermons, songs
  • Listen to my interview about Shmitah on the "Judaism Unbound" podcast
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  • Chanukkah! Make an ICE MENORAH, learn nigunim, a fix for Ba'nu Choshekh, teachings on the dreidel, more...
  • Articles on TOI about Chanukah and holy darkness: Ba'nu Choshekh L'Kadesh and Starlight and menorah light
  • New songs (newly composed) on neohasid!
  • "YUGE" TIKKUN OLAM resources, articles, history, text study, including 29 texts on Tikkun Olam that will rock your socks!
  • Get all the Torah verses about loving and protecting the stranger and refugee in one doc!
  • 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 democracy! Pray for protection for the new government, and for its success in the work of uniting the country to pursue meaningful goals like justice, in the face of reactionary forces that deny reality – rachmana lits'lan (God help us)! This prayer is based on the voting prayer:
    May it be Your will, YHVH our God, that You give a listening heart to those whom we have elevated to the government, for rulership is Yours. May You tear out tyranny and despotism, ruin those who cheat and deceive, upend those who oppress the vulnerable. Make the reign of the arrogant disappear from all lands. Pulverize the plans of those who attack democracy. Deny them, make them fail, humble them, soon in our days. And may You give to all the peoples of this country the strength and will to pursue righteousness and to seek peace as a unified force, to uproot racism and violence from our hearts, and to make healing, good life and peace flourish, here and throughout the world.
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  • Bring Rabbi David Seidenberg and telescope to your community to teach about astronomy and the stars - in the sky and in Torah!
  • Deep teachings we can learn from Yedid Nefesh
  • Neohasid's voting prayer has been use around the world for 16 years -- download it here!
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  • You'll find the lyrics to the Youtube video of Shimshai and Assi Rose at the end of this column.
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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 |
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  • 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 the song video, from 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