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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Definition of a Chossid?

a girl asked me the other day how to define a chossid. so let's compile a top 10 list. help me out:

1. one who goes beyond the 'letter of the law'.

2. eizeh hu chossid: hamischassid im koinoi (Tikunei Zohar)

3. one for which "Worldly affairs do not disturb or distract him. Every individual can, and every individual must, attain this level."

5. All his affairs "are G-dliness." Though this level "is not distant from you etc.," it is still not within everyone's reach.

6. a lamplighter

what else?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you skipped # 4!

4:17 PM

 
Blogger nobody said...

of course, i am a chossid of category #3.

4:18 PM

 
Anonymous Some Guy said...

Number Four:
You Gotsta Kick A**

I once heard a similar question: What defines a CHABAD chossid in our times?

The best answer I've heard is: Someone who can make a chilul lubavitch.

Definately applicaple to chassidism in general, and in a certain way, to all of judaism.

11:42 PM

 
Anonymous brocha said...

6. One who commits himself to seek out his colleague’s welfare. sefer hasichos kayitz rashab

6:39 PM

 
Anonymous Delirious Damsel said...

Happy Chanukah to family and friends!

Chanukah celebrates the "Eternal Jew" - the shining light that can never be snuffed out.

Soo... Following in the shadow of Arch-Blogger "Nobody", I'll posit the following assignment:

LIST TEN DEFINITIONS that describe the Jewish Spark... Now - that's my idea of clean chassidic fun!

My sudden inspiration is from the video "Lights" which portrays "essential Jewishness" through imagery of dancing Alef-Beis letters. Particularly the letter Alef. Alef: Oneness; a seamless connection with G-d.

So that's my first definition...

A Freilichin Chanukah!

1:03 PM

 

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