a non-profit organization, was established in 1994 to spread the teachings of Chassidus
Chassidus was founded in 1734
by Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) Baal Shem Tov. It aims to inspire Jews with
the mystical concepts of the Kabala, teaching everyone at their level
how to understand these concepts and use them to build a personal, loving
relationship with G-d, approaching the study and observance of Judaism
with greater depth and vibrant enthusiasm.
Since then, the Baal Shem
Tov's disciples through the generations have developed these themes, inspiring
millions of Jews to explore their spirituality, enhancing their lives
with renewed joy and appreciation of life's significance and infinite
Heichel Menachem, centered
in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, utilizes a wide
range of traditional media and state-of-the-art technology to make the
teachings of Chassidus available to everyone in a variety of languages.
Here is a sampling of our services:
Heichal Menachem's busy new bookstore (at 1581 52nd Street,
Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York, 11219) offers the full range of
in-print Chassidic texts and literature, tapes of lectures on Chassidus
and Chassidic music, videos of Chassidic events etc. - in a variety
of languages You can order from this web-site or by phone (718-633-7979, ext. 2).
In-depth live lectures at Heichal Menachem's Borough Park
center and elsewhere by renowned authorities on Chassidic mystical
philosophy, such as Rabbi Yoel Kahan (in Yiddish) and others. For
more information Call (718) 972-2272.
- CHASSIDUS VIA TELEPHONE:
From phone-numbers in New York and scores of larger Jewish communities
in North America and around the world, you can call at no charge
to hear a fascinating array of interesting lectures and shorter
treatments of Chassidic texts, history, music and more, in several
languages. Click here
for this popular service
- TAPES & CDs:
Lectures etc. from Chassidus Via Telephone, both current and from
previous years, and also of live classes, are available on tape and/or CD
Heichal Menachem's bookstore.
- PUBLICATION DEPARTMENT:
Heichal Menachem is in the forefront of efforts to make Chassidus
accessible to everyone. Especially noteworthy is its acclaimed "Chassidus
M'vu'eres" series (in Hebrew). The original text of selected
individual discourses of Chassidic philosophy by Rabbi Shneur Zalman
of Liadi (1745-1812). founder of the Chabad (intellectual) school
of Chassidus, is divided into digestible portions, punctuated, and
clarified with an in-depth commentary. Accompanied by definitions
of terminology, summaries, and expansions of basic concepts referred
to in the text, the format is understandable even to beginners.
Until now, the revolutionary mystical concepts expounded in these
remarkable texts have been virtually inaccessible to the uninitiated.
Now, for anyone who reads Hebrew, Chassidus M'vu'eres presents them
on a silver plate in their inspiring beauty. These booklets are
issued periodically. Those previously issued are now being revised
and assembled into book form. The first two imposing volumes, comprising
about half the booklets issued to date, are now available.
"Heichal HaBaal Shem Tov" is a Hebrew-language quarterly
at a high intellectual level, devoted to research into the teachings,
practices and history of the past three centuries of Chassidic personalities
and dynasties. Manuscripts of teachings and personal correspondence
of Chassidic masters and their disciples are published here for
the first time. Fascinating articles encompass in-depth explanation
of Chassidic mystical and philosophical concepts, record and explain
Chassidic customs and practices, clarify biographical material on
Chassidic personalities, and trace periods, events and trends in
Chassidic history, and much more, all drawn from original sources.
Each issue closes with a vibrant and learned correspondence from
its avid readers.