<html> <head> <meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=unicode"> <title>Hasdism Baal Shem Tov - Shneur Zalman</title> </head> <body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=WordSection1> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='color:black'>One in Messiah Congregation </span></b></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><b><span style='color:red'>The information below is from the Encyclopedia <span class=SpellE>Judaica</span>, jewishvirtuallibrary.org and JewishEncyclopedia.com </span></b></p> <p>&nbsp; </p> <p><b>This file is small, but potent.<br> <br> These men below started their own version of a religion in the 1700's which today is only a small segment of Judaism.</b> </p> <p><b>The movement, Hasidism started only in the <span style='color:red'>1700's</span> from the Ukraine on the Polish Russian border (<span class=SpellE>Podolia</span></b>) by <b>Rabbi <span class=SpellE>Yisrael</span> Baal Shem <span class=SpellE>Tov</span>. (1698 - 1760)</b> </p> <p><b>Then also in the 1700's, <span class=SpellE>Shneur</span> <span class=SpellE>Zalman</span> (1745-1813), founded the <span class=SpellE>Chabad-Lubavitch</span> movement, He is from of <span class=SpellE>Liadi</span>, (<span class=SpellE>Liadi</span> was a small town in imperial Russia) </b></p> <p><b><span style='color:black'>Following <span class=SpellE>Schneur</span> <span class=SpellE>Zalman</span>, there have been seven other <span class=SpellE>Lubavitcher</span> <span class=SpellE>Rebbes</span>, each designated by his predecessor. </span></b></p> <p><b>Rabbi <span class=SpellE>Menachem</span> Mendel <span class=SpellE>Schneerson</span>. (1902-1994) </b>was chosen as the<b> seventh <span class=SpellE>Lubavitcher</span> <span class=SpellE>rebbe</span> in 1950. </b><span class=SpellE>Schneerson</span>, known as the <span class=SpellE>Rebbe</span>, served as the heart and soul of <span class=SpellE>Chabad</span> for 44 years, he was the spiritual leader, as well as, intellectual and organizational leader of the movement. <b>In 1994, <span class=SpellE>Schneerson</span>, at the age of 91, died childless and with no designated successor. <span class=SpellE>Chabad</span> leadership decided that he would be the final <span class=SpellE>rebbe</span>, this decision sparked much speculation and expectation that <span class=SpellE>Schneerson</span> was the Messiah.</b> </p> <p><b><span style='color:red'>Things to consider:</span></b> </p> <p><b><span style='color:black'>This sect started only in the 1700's, <span class=GramE>( and</span> is refuted</span> by many rabbis )</b> </p> <p><b><span style='color:blue'>This explains the dress code,</span></b><span style='color:blue'> </span><b>from the Polish Russian border (<span class=SpellE><span class=GramE>Podolia</span></span></b><span class=GramE> )</span> and <b>(<span class=SpellE>Liadi</span> was a small town in imperial Russia)<br> <br> <span class=SpellE>Lubavitch</span> is the name of a small town in Russia </b></p> <p><b>Rabbi <span class=SpellE>Menachem</span> Mendel <span class=SpellE><span class=GramE>Schneerson</span></span></b><span class=GramE> <span style='font-size:10.0pt'>.</span></span><span style='font-size:10.0pt'> </span><span class=GramE>is</span> not the Messiah, he has never even been to Jerusalem. </p> <p>Rabbi <span class=SpellE>Shneur</span> <span class=SpellE>Zalman</span> (1745-1813) published the <i>Tanya</i>, in 1796 which includes <span style='color:black'>Transmigration of souls - </span><span style='color:red'>&quot;reincarnation,&quot; or &quot;metempsychosis&quot;). </span>There is no definite proof of the existence of the doctrine of <span class=SpellE><i><u>gilgul</u></i></span><i> </i>in Judaism during the Second Temple period. In the <u>Talmud</u> there is no reference to it. <span class=GramE>( <b>Doctrine</b></span><b> Refuted by <span class=SpellE>Saadia</span> )</b> </p> <p><b>Impregnation of Souls: </b>A quite new development of <b>the doctrine of metempsychosis </b>was the theory of the impregnation of souls, propounded by the cabalists of the Luria school. </p> <p>---------------------------- </p> <p><b>What I am saying is, let's stay with Scripture.</b> </p> <p><span class=GramE><b><u><span style='color:blue'>Jer.6</span></u>[</b></span><b>16] Thus <span class=SpellE>saith</span> <span class=SpellE>Yehovah</span>, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and</b> <b><span style='color:red'>ask for the </span><span style='color:black'>&quot;old paths&quot;</span></b> <b>, <span style='color:red'>where is the </span><span style='color:black'>&quot;good way&quot;</span></b> <b><span style='color:red'>, and &quot;</span></b> <b><span style='color:black'>walk&quot;</span></b> <b><span style='color:red'>therein</span>, and <span style='color:red'>ye shall find rest for your souls</span>.</b> </p> <p><b>But they said<span class=GramE>,</span> we will not walk therein.</b> </p> <h5 align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><a href="javascript:print(document)"><span style='color: black'>[Click Here to Print] </span></a><o:p></o:p></span></h5> <form> </form> <center><input type=button value=Back onClick="history.go(-1)"></center> </div> </body> </html>