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) 

Reflections and Kvetches 

It's hard to say whether the "new Jewish culture" that neo-Hasidism is at least tangentially a part of is about something more substantial than latte foam. If neo-Hasidism means a style or a trend, hopes to be something more than "trendy", more than style. From the other side of the glass, if we truly need a revolution in how we think about community and religion, or a revelation of new forms of Jewish community, it's hard to explain how singing a nigun can make that happen. Yet that is at least part of the vision of what this neo-Hasidism is or could be about.

This section explores where we're going, where we should be going, and what it all means. It's also a spot to explore some of the misses of this new culture, to air a kvetch or two about other folks and ourselves. You are invited to add your own entry here – see the Contribute section.

Corporate Raiders

The fragility of blessings and the growth of a new Judaism.


Hipsterism vs. the alternative: Will the "new Jewish culture" take us anywhere we want to go?

Spiritual Journeys

"Neo-Chasidus" is an amalgam of trends and people. Who are your fellow travelers in, and out of, the Chasidic world?

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