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  • Proust was (almost) a Chasid

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    16 hours ago

    When a collection of glittering celebrities gets together, one would normally expect a glitzy, media-friendly event. But in late 2013, a group of high-profile media figures, including Ira Glass of “This American Life” and celebrity chef Dominique Ansel, staged not some dramatic...

  • Atheism, mysticism and ladders

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 16, 2013 | 6:41 pm

    I had a new insight about atheism this week.

    Though my ongoing studies of Chasidism, I am encountering again a refutation of the supposed opposition of philosophy and mysticism. Moses Maimonides, the greatest Jewish philosopher, who is understood rather firmly as being shaped by...

  • Memoirs of Chasidic masters’ liberated Scion

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 6, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    A decade ago, distinguished Orthodox filmmaker Menachem Daum produced and directed the documentary “A Life Apart: Hasidism in America,” a restrained and loving effort to introduce the seemingly strange and alien world of Chasidism to outsiders. Several years later, he produced...

  • Rolling with not so holy Chasidim

    May 14, 2010 | 11:49 am

    Danny A. Abeckaser—or “Danny A.,” as he likes to be called—looks like your typical slick, smooth-talking Sephardic “playa” from Brooklyn.

    He’s wearing a dark blue dinner jacket over a white V-neck T-shirt, showing a smidgen of his chest, where a gold chain and a white beaded...

  • Meditation—not just for your average JewBu anymore

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The model for the day was dying for the sake of rebirth. Think meditation, think spiritual awakening, think psychoanalysis.

    It is the hard work of introspection that is the antithesis of mainstream modern American culture. We are a nation of pleasure-mongers, and cheap thrills from...

  • Roots of the Divine

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For all of you ecologists out there (and I believe every good Jew should be one), you know there's been a lot in the news lately about this new "Healthy Forests Initiative," which was introduced by our government to help thin overcrowded forests. The debate continues among different...