The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

About NeoHasid 

In 1995, the year after Reb Shlomo Carlebach z"l died, a group of friends on the Upper West Side of Manhattan came together to form the very first Chasidic egalitarian minyan, organized by David Seidenberg and led by David and Shaul Magid.

On Shabbat B'reishit (the shabbat right after Simchat Torah), we davened (prayed) together for the first time, meeting once a month for several years. A wonderful community of committed people from many walks of Jewish life, including ex-Yeshiva-niks and currently Orthodox yidn, Conservative and Reform rabbis and rabbinical students, etc., etc., began to gather to dance and sing, share Torah and meals.

One decade after that first minyan, was created by Rabbi David Seidenberg to help folks integrate Chasidic song, learning, and nusach into their davenning and communities and to explore embodied Torah. It evolved to focus on eco-Torah and to share liturgy that honors our relationship with the Earth and/or expresses gender parity.

Reb Naftali Citron, rabbi of the Carlebach Shul (aka "The Shul") in Manhattan, offered a blessing for the Chanukah after we started. Here's what he said:

The Rebbe and Reb Shlomo each in their own way taught me that there is no limit to where you can bring the light into the world. The depth of the light of Chasidus is what the whole world needs as the winter sets in and the long cold nights are upon us. From the Rebbe of Lubavitch I learned the darker the night the sweeter is the light. From Reb Shlomo I learned how that sweet light is in every human being if we can just help uncover it. May all the travelers to this site be blessed to find Holy words to help see the sweetest light in every Neshamah. ~ Brother Naftali Citron

Rabbi David's teaching

Rabbi David Seidenberg has taught throughout North America, in Europe and in Israel, and would love to teach in your community.

The creator of, Rabbi David teaches text and music, Jewish thought and spirituality, in their own right and in relation to ecology and the environment. Areas of specialty include Kabbalah and Chasidut, Talmud, davening, evolution and cosmology, sustainability, Maimonides, Buber, dance, and more. David has smikhah (ordination) from the Jewish Theological Seminary and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and he holds a doctorate on Kabbalah and ecotheology from JTS.

Publications/Events by R. David Seidenberg

Online publications, news about classes, etc.


Some pages to help you understand (a little) what Kabbalah is about.


Definitions of Hebrew and Aramaic words, and other technical or poetic terms on NeoHasid, with variant spellings, personal asides, etc. Almost 100 terms!

Egalitarian =

Egalitarian can have a lot of meanings - and we mean all of them.


Reb Duvid's writings and academic presentations

The Mission will connect people from all walks of life, practicing all forms of Judaism and spirituality, with the ruach (spirit) of the Chasidic tradition...

What We Hope to Accomplish

You can read more about Neohasid's mission here: on egalitarianism, community, inclusiveness, and enriching the nascent Neo-Chasidus that is spreading throughout the Jewish world.

Our goals provides resources to help people learn and use Chasidic traditions to deepen their davening, regardless of their affiliation, gender, observance, religious identity...

"What's New" Log of previous updates is dedicated to the memory of Maidi Katz

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