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Section - Question 2.9: What is Lubavitch Chasidism and Chabad?

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   Lubavitch Chasidism, most commonly presented through its
   organizational arm Chabad, is one of the better known groups within
   Chasidism (although there are others). It is an international movement
   with headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
   
   Its major thrust focuses on observing for one's self and transmitting
   to others the beauty, depth, awareness and joy inherent in the
   Torah-true way of life. By doing so, it strives to revitalize Jewish
   life by intensifying the individual's relationship to G-d, and deep
   sense of devotion and love towards one's fellow man.
   
   The name Chabad (Chochmah, Binah, Daat) refers to the three
   intellectual sephiros (Divine Emanations); the philosophy of the
   founder, the Alter Rebbe, stressed the use of the intellect to guide
   the emotions. Thus, each individual chassid had to work on
   himself/herself, rather than simply rely on the Rebbe/Tzaddik's
   saintliness. Another name used in Lubavitch Chassidism is ChaGat
   (Chessed, Gevurah, Tiferes), which refers to the first three of the
   seven emotional sephiros/character attributes which derive from
   Chabad. The empahsis in Chagat Chassidus is on emotional fervor and
   devotion (the Baal Shem Tov's counter to the dry intellectualism
   mentioned earlier.) Consequently, a chassid must attach
   himself/herself to the Rebbe and let his righteousness carry the
   Chassid along.
   
   The Lubavitch Rebbe, as Nasi HaDor (leader of the generation) has the
   responsibility of setting the direction of the generation.
   
   Chabad-Lubavitch philosophy promotes an intellectual perspective that
   strives to helps an individual live in full accordance with the
   Torah-true way of life.
   
   Chabad-Lubavitch operates an extensive outreach effort to encourage
   Jews to return to traditional practices. As part of this effort,
   Chabad operates the Mitzvah Campaigns. The vanguard of the Mitzvah
   Campaigns are the "Mitzvah Tanks". The goal of the Mitzvah Campaign is
   to encourage Jews to perform 10 specific mitzvos, the intention being
   that through their fulfillment, the individual and the family will
   come to experience a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with
   their Jewish Heritage. These Mitzvot are:
    1. Ahavas Yisroel: The love of one's fellow Jew.
    2. Chinuch: Torah Education
    3. Torah Study.
    4. Tefillin: The donning of Tefillin, every weekday, by men and boys
       over 13.
    5. Mezuzoh: The Jewish Sign
    6. Tzedokoh: Giving charity every weekday.
    7. Posession of Jewish Holy Books
    8. Lighting Shabbos and Festival Candles. Chabad provides a Free
       Shabbat Kit, available by calling the Rebitzen at +1 310 326-8234.
       For Candle lighting times anywhere in the USA call 718-774-3000.
    9. Kashrus: The Jewish Dietary Laws
   10. Taharas Hamishpocho: The Torah perspective on married life
       
   Chabad also urges that efforts be made to inform the public at large
   about the nature and meaning of the [5]Seven Laws of Noah. Additional
   information on the Noachide Laws may be found in Part 6 of the S.C.J
   FAQ, Question 12.19, "What does Judaism say about non-Jews?"
   
   Additional information on Chabad may be found in the [6]Chassidic
   Reading List portion of the S.C.J FAQ.
   
   Chabad-Lubavitch is also reachable through the internet; for more
   information, send email to [7]info@lubavitch.chabad.org. Information
   is also available via WWW or Mosaic via the following URL:
   [8]http://www.chabad.org.

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