Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Due to popular request and to not conflict with the Mattisyahu concert, the Hasidic Holiday Celebration changed to Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 pm at 4900 Sioux Drive, Boulder.
While most Jews celebrate Rosh Hashonah at the beginning of the school year, Chassidim tend to add extra times for celebration and introspection. This Wednesday night and Thursday is the 19th day of the month of Kislev, which is celebrated as the new year of Chassidism. It was on this date, in the year 1798, that the founder of Chabad Chassidism, (and noted author of the Tanya) Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), was freed from his unjust imprisonment in Czarist Russia due to libel on him from his opponents. More than a personal liberation, this was a watershed event in the history of Chassidism, heralding a new era in the revelation of the "inner soul" of Torah teachings that has positively influenced all practice of Judaism today.
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