Neo Chassidut: What Makes it Chassidut and What Makes it Neo?
March 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmSuggested Donation: $18
ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Chassidut began in the 18th century with the teachings of Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer also known as the Baal Shem Tov. The movement grew and attracted hundreds of thousands of followers across Europe. Chassidut also attracted a great deal of antagonism and a whole movement of “mitnagnim” meaning “opposition.” This lecture explores the kabbalistic and theological underpinnings of this dispute and explores why Chassidut is making a comeback today.
ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Rabbi Shlomo Barya Nadiv Schachter, the son of the late Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Z’L, is a musmach of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and a certified Shochet and Menakker. Rabbi Shlomo Schachter specializes in creativity within Jewish texts, balancing Halachic rigor with Chassidic insights and philosophical examination. Rabbi Schachter was also an American Football Coach in Israel; defensive coordinator of the three time IFL champion Judean Rebels as well as the defensive line coach of the Israeli National Team. Rabbi Schachter particularly enjoys speaking on the subjects of Neo-Chassidut, Do It Yourself “DIY” Mitzvot, Football and the Torah, Organic Theology and the Halachic legacy of his father. Rabbi Schachter holds a degree in Modern Religious Thought from Oberlin College where he was a three year varsity letter winner at defensive end while still keeping Shabbos. He also studied and practiced alternative medicine including acupuncture and reflexology.