Hasidim And Mitnagdim – Jewish Virtual Library

| February 2, 2019

Although contemporary Jews often use the word "Hasid" as a synonym for ultra-Orthodox, Hasidism, a religious movement that arose in eighteenth century Eastern Europe, was originally regarded as revolutionary and religiously liberal. Its opponents, known as Mitnagdim, were themselves Orthodox Jews. More than any thing else, the stories that each group told about its rabbinic leaders exemplify the differences among them.

YIVO | Ger Hasidic Dynasty

| February 2, 2019

The Ger dynasty (also Gur), named for the town of Gra Kalwaria in the Warsaw district, had the largest following of any Hasidic group in central Poland until the Holocaust andto a large degree dominated Jewish religious life in the area around Warsaw for some 80 years.

Professor Roman Yushkov is the First Russian On Trial for …

| February 2, 2019

In May 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a draconian law that makes any denial of the official story of Nazi crimes a criminal offense. The law also includes wittingly spreading false information about the activity of the USSR during the years of World War Two or portraying the Third Reich in a positive light. While many people within the alternative media worship Putin as a great White savior, some of us having been paying close attention to many indicators that the former Soviet Union has become increasingly repressive and totalitarian

Anti-Zionism is a rejection of racism and imperialism, not …

| February 2, 2019

We applaud Jewish Voice for Peaces (JVP) recent statement, Our Approach to Zionism, for its unequivocal opposition to Zionism.