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    Chassidic expansion – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. Why do many Chassidic groups isolate themselves from the modern world?

    chasidim dancingA. The Chassidic world lost over 90% of its members in the Holocaust, and today’s Chassidic groups are adamant that Chassidism will not only survive but thrive.

    They have their enclaves in most major locations, and they have large families and strict standards which have allowed such an orthodox expansion in recent decades that not only is their survival assured but they have had an influence throughout the Jewish world.

    Most Chassidic groups keep away from modern phenomena like cinema, television, radio and even unrestricted cell phones. They see such things as a waste of time, a distraction, and a danger to fundamental Jewish ideas and commitments.

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