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) 

Spiritual Journeys

"Neo-Chasidus" is an amalgam of trends and people: liberal Jews craving something old-world that's richer than what they grew up with, ex-Chasidim looking for a place to share nigunim, women and men experimenting with deep davening in egalitarian contexts, anyone who is a Chasid without a rebbe, hippie and ex-hippie followers of Reb Shlomo and Reb Zalman, BT's and "chozrim b'sh'eilah", Rastafari on pilgrimage to Uman, people who daven Shlomo nusach at Burning Man or Rainbow, artists exploring Chasidic forms in secular settings, and, of course, Chasidim who are making connections with the wider world. hopes to connect these diverse folks, to document new forms of Jewish culture and help them grow, to open the windows and let the air in and the music out. Here are the entries on Neohasid related to these journeys, from all the other sections of the site.

Contribute to NeoHasid: Where do you fit in? Who are your fellow travelers? Which rebbe reaches you, which one just doesn't do it for you? What kind of support, learning, community are you looking for? How do you connect with God, tikkun olam, prayer, boundary-crossing, the earth, or The Land? You are invited to chronicle your journeys to, through, in, and out of the Chasidic world. Don't call, write!


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