July 29, 2011 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #598308
If a Chosid marries a Litvak are the children Chasidish or Litvish?
And must one wear a lange rekel to be classified as a Chosid?July 29, 2011 4:16 pm at 4:16 pm #1043890
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein in Igros Moshe says if a Litvak man marries a Chassidishe women–he has the final word on certain things.July 29, 2011 4:17 pm at 4:17 pm #1043891
Perhaps this thread title should be changed intermarriage means something quite different.July 29, 2011 4:38 pm at 4:38 pm #1043894
MichaelC: Isn’t that the case whichever way? The minhagim go according to the husband, and halachicly the wife adopts her husbands minhagim.July 31, 2011 4:19 am at 4:19 am #1043895
Yeah, it’s a big problem these days. So many people lost to this intermarriage.July 31, 2011 4:28 am at 4:28 am #1043896
Who loses them? The Litvaks or the Chasidim?July 31, 2011 4:53 am at 4:53 am #1043897
To me, a chassid is something in the heart and soul. I really don’t know what the “lange rekel” has to do with it. I guess you are signifying to others that you ascribe to the philosophy?
Or, one element of chassidus is the “am hashem”. Chassidus attempts to make jews into a distinct nation, with a distinct language, and mode of dress. Therefore they wear the “lange rekel”. They don’t seem to care to much about a distinct land though, generally speaking.
Whatever the case, i still beleive that chassidus is a philosophy, and a way of life. I don’t attach much importance to the “levush”, but its a nice detail, IMO.July 31, 2011 7:54 am at 7:54 am #1043898
I really don’t like the title of this thread. Can a mod please change it?
Thank you.July 31, 2011 8:05 am at 8:05 am #1043899
Intermarriage does not necessarily mean different religions. It is a generic term:
marriage between members of different groups.
marriage between a man and woman of different social classes.July 31, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am #1043900
Nobody loses. If they raise a family of shomrei torah umiyzvos, the ribbono shel olam wins.July 31, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm #1043901
Rabbosai, we MUST “Intermarry”.
There is a shortage of girls among chassidim and a shortage of boys among litvaks!!!!July 31, 2011 1:18 pm at 1:18 pm #1043902
THIS IS AWFUL! When 2 Jews of different minhagim marry, it is called 2 JEWS MARRYING! Not intermarraige! We just lost so many gedolim. We saw how all kinds of Yidden came together to look for a lost child. WAKE UP ALL OF YOU! If you want Moshiach and you want to bring nachas to your Father In Heaven, lets see things that bring people together b’simcha not this kind of divisive talk.
It is disgusting!July 31, 2011 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm #1043903
ChassitvishJuly 31, 2011 1:52 pm at 1:52 pm #1043904
BP is already full of “Chasidvishe” families, as you can see on Shabbos: the husband in a streimel, the wife with a langeh shaitel. Personally, I think it’s beautiful because the distinctions between the groups seem to be diminishing. “Achdus, together we will stand, until we reach the holy land…” (and we hope, in the holy land as well!) 🙂July 31, 2011 2:02 pm at 2:02 pm #1043905
Hacham, that may be the literal meaning but the word intermarriage connotes something else.July 31, 2011 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm #1043906
IUse, I never heard about that. Are you sure?July 31, 2011 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm #1043907
Hacham. If I called you a Nazi, would you be insulted or would you shrug it off and say well, technically, I’m not a member of that political party.July 31, 2011 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm #1043908
ursula: A langeh shaitel is far from a sign of someone being a Litvak.July 31, 2011 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #1043909
Marriage amongst the Shevatim is referred to as intermarriage in the Torah. (Its mentioned it was a Simcha when the Shevatim were allowed to again intermarry with Shevet Binyomin.)July 31, 2011 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm #1043910
shlishi: maybe a langeh shaitel is not a sure sign of being a litvak, but pillbox hats with a fake hair fringe, or a white band over the bob shaitel on Shabbos are serious parts of the female chassidishe levush. Granted, a woman can be chassidish and not wear those things, but very few litvishe women (aside from those who just don’t know the appropriate headgear for each group) would wear them. However, when a woman is wearing on her head only a longish shaitel, you can’t tell just by looking whether she is litvish or chassidish. So, it seems the lines are blurring.July 31, 2011 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm #1043911
One can wear a short or 3/4 rekel(jacket) and be considered Chassidish. If you are not familiar of real Chassidic clothing for men take a tour of such as G&G or G&B clothing for men who are Chassidic in levush and behavior. Unfortunately there is a new group who consider themselves Chassidic but they are modern Chassidic and we will not get into that Ervev 9 days. Many women who consider themselves Chassidic are not examples to follow because they want to be trendy and dance on two weddings. These women do not look Chassidic nor Litvish but modern who follow the styles dictated by the lowest of Paris. Unfortunately, some so called frum companies adapt to the styles but in my opinion it is as the store that was selling pig meat with a hechsher!! For a woman Tznius is most important as learning Torah for a man.
We grew up in a real Chassidic home with our father Z”L who wore a rekel and hat even around the house. Anyway, one of us married a real Litvish boy and he is ehrlich, frum and the family Rav. My sister follows all his minhagim and it was never an issue. When someone once commented to her that she can wear so and so because she is Litvish she answered that’s modern!
Yes, in the beginning it was hard but B”H she adjusted and even davens Ashkenaz. When someone commented that all sons in law were different, she commented “one takes The Bochur not a Bochur”.July 31, 2011 7:45 pm at 7:45 pm #1043912
The simcha was in that they made shalom.July 31, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm #1043913
Although the Minhagim of the husband might be followed, the mother’s father can have a big influence on the chinuch of the children.August 1, 2011 1:27 am at 1:27 am #1043914
Ms. Critique, agreed. A chassidishe teacher was asked by her student why “Litvishe meigen alles”. The teacher put her lesson aside and gave a long answer, saying, among other things, “One thing I can tell you, girls. The Vilna Gaon’s rebitzin did NOT wear a denim skirt with a red T-shirt.”August 1, 2011 4:44 am at 4:44 am #1043915
How frequent are Litvish-Chasidish/Heimish marriages?August 1, 2011 3:04 pm at 3:04 pm #1043916
My gradfather, a born and bred litvak (came to america prior to WWI in his early 20s with nothing but his Litvish minhagim – succa on shmini atzeres, tefilin on chol hamoed, ate gebrokhts, no kittel by the seder, had no “shin” in his alphabet) took 4 sons in law who were all from chassidishe families – when asked about it by us grandchildren many years later (in the 70s) he replied, back then, the only considerations for a shidduch were, was he a mench and was he shomer torah umitzvos. It didnt matter if he wore a bekkesha or a zoot soot).August 1, 2011 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #1043917
“A langeh shaitel is far from a sign of someone being a Litvak.”
Yeah, and “Chasidvishe” is not the phrase that comes to mind either (the word I was thinking cannot be posted in the CR)
And I agree, the word “intermarraige” is mis-appliedAugust 2, 2011 1:18 am at 1:18 am #1043918
Apushata, your grandfather was so right.August 2, 2011 3:07 am at 3:07 am #1043919
Does there have to be a “hard and fast” rule about whose minhagim to observe?
Let me ask this question: If I can, on my own, choose to become a Chosid (Belz, Satmar, Lubavitch, Breslov, whatever…), then why can’t an “intermarried” couple make that decision on their own?
Likewise, if a Chossid can “leave” his chassidus and join the Yeshivish community on his own, then why can’t an “intermarried” couple decide to do so on their own?
The WolfAugust 2, 2011 3:19 am at 3:19 am #1043920
A person is not supposed to change his minhagim.August 3, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm #1043921
I am a Yekke who just found out that my family is actually Sephardic. My wife’s family is Satmar but she follows Breslov philosophy. She follows what I follow when it comes to Minhag and yes, I asked if I needed to”revert” to my Sephardic roots and was told no by two big poskim. So there you go…
Here’s the thing. My best friends are Gerim who follow Lubavitch and an Ashkenazi who was mekareiv Eidat HaMizrach. Who cares? We are all Jews. Wives follow their husbands and everyone is happy.August 4, 2011 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm #1043922
Yehuda Tzvi: You mentioned in another thread that your great great grandfather was from Lithuania and you only know that you have Sefardic blood due to a DNA test. Mere DNA results are certainly no reason to change one’s minhagim in any event.
BTW, how are you Yekke if you shtam from Lithuania?August 4, 2011 3:57 pm at 3:57 pm #1043923
That was the yekkeshe part of lita.August 4, 2011 6:55 pm at 6:55 pm #1043924
I am Baal Teshuva and my father’s fathers died when my father was very young. My father had no idea where his father was from. I therefore took on my Mother’s family minhagim.
Of course we don’t change minhagim due to DNA testing. The idea is to show that minhagim change and people move around. If not, how could the entire Chasidische velt take on Nusach Sefard?August 4, 2011 6:58 pm at 6:58 pm #1043925
Oh and before apushatayid can snark off another obnoxious comment. We found a distant cousin who had a family tree showing that my recent paternal family lived in Lithuania. Again, I ashed a sheila and was tol,d not to change from the German Minhagim I hold.August 4, 2011 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm #1043926
“BTW, how are you Yekke if you shtam from Lithuania?”
Why does this bother you? I know Sephardim from England and Satmar chassidim from Uruguay. Over the course of the golus, Jews from all over the world have moved about to many different places (sometimes willfully and sometimes they were forced) and retained their original minhagim in their new home.
It should be pointed out, that all Polish, Russian and Litvishe Jews, are descendents of “ashkenazim”.
How does one snark?August 4, 2011 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #1043927
I am from a completely Litvishe family and recently married someone with a strong Chassidish background. Being the wife, I am of course following the shitos that my husband follows. It definitely takes and open mind on both sides to understand eachother hashkafically, though. Chassidish and Livishe mentality are very different from eachother. I feel that as long as a husband and wife respect eachother, the blend of Chassidish and Litvishe chinuch is very beautiful. I feel lucky to be able to raise my future family, i”yh, with a taste of both worlds.August 5, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am #1043928
I was referring to: “That was the yekkeshe part of lita.”August 5, 2011 3:43 am at 3:43 am #1043929
I’m still wondering how one “snarks”.
What happens when a yekke and a chassid get married? The wedding starts exactly 2 hours late.August 5, 2011 4:35 am at 4:35 am #1043930
A person is not supposed to change his minhagim.
And yet, Chassidim don’t turn away non-Chassidim and vice-versa. So, again, if a person could choose to adopt (or abandon) a chassidus on his own, why could a married couple not choose to do so?
The WolfAugust 5, 2011 4:40 am at 4:40 am #1043931
Your premise that one can simply “choose” to change chassidus is where you are mistaken.August 5, 2011 4:49 am at 4:49 am #1043932
Your premise that one can simply “choose” to change chassidus is where you are mistaken.
Perhaps not change, but one *can* choose if he is not in one at all. I know that if you walk into a Satmar shul, a Chabad shul, a Breslov shul and others, they will not turn you away and say “you can’t belong to this chassidus because you’re yeshivish.”
The WolfAugust 5, 2011 5:04 am at 5:04 am #1043933
Satmar won’t condition joining to dropping your family minhagim.August 5, 2011 6:53 am at 6:53 am #1043934
(Noun) SNARK… Snide remarks.
Synonyms (snide comments): sarcasm
(Verb) SNARK (third-person singular simple present snarks, present participle snarking, simple past and past participle snarked)
To express oneself in a snarky fashion.August 5, 2011 6:55 am at 6:55 am #1043935
apushatayid, my comment above was for you, not for shlishi who asked a valid question. Don’t know why you couldn’t chop that and quoted his post.August 7, 2011 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #1043936
We tell our kids that we are chasidim of the Litvishe Rebbe.August 7, 2011 3:38 pm at 3:38 pm #1043937
“Your premise that one can simply “choose” to change chassidus is where you are mistaken.”
Not at all. I know of a skverer family that recently became Satmar (for some mysterious reason:-/)August 7, 2011 3:51 pm at 3:51 pm #1043938
What makes it mysterious msseeker?August 7, 2011 5:51 pm at 5:51 pm #1043939
Whats ironic is, when a litvak turns chasidish, the chasidim try to console the family by sayin “we’re are all bonim of Hashem”, “its all the same Torah etc”.
However when a chasid turns litvish, they get into a frenzy as though the world was collapsing!
So to what extent is it the same Torah?August 7, 2011 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm #1043940
That’s because when a chossid decides to call himself Litvish, he doesn’t exactly have in mind to sit down in Lakewood and learn for 20 years. He just wants to be more modern.
PM, If you don’t know, all the better.
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