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) 

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"What's New" Log of previous updates

Here's a log of previous entries in the "What's New" section of the homepage, working backwards. As you can see, this log was kept carefully through the beginning of 2011. Since then it's been intermitent. Many entries have been updated over time. Last year the video of the covenant song was added to the homepage; somehow the Omer iPhone app didn't make it into the log. The entry for R. Menachem Froman zts"l has changed now that he has passed away, may his memory inspire us to do acts of kindness and peace. Note that most, but not all, of the links below should work.

~ 3/2013

  • Read lechem tafayl journal online! (JTS winter 1990, 1:1)

  • A Kavvanah for Bedikat Chametz on the earth and the soil.
  • ~ 2/2013

  • Here's a new dance tune from the Tzanzer chasidim!
  • Yoram Getzler z"l was a creative force in Israeli Jewish Renewal. Listen to Yoram Getzler's instrumental versions of nigunim and piyutim here.
  • got a shout-out near the end of a NY Times article about Chulent. See our page about Chulent related to the article here!
  • ~ 3/2012

  • Waking Up the Chamets! – A strange rule about Chamets can teach us profound lessons.
  • ~ 1/2011

  • Shalom Aleichem — a new song from Debbie Friedman, t'hei nishmatah b'gan eden.
  • Da Lekha for Tu Bishvat rerecorded.
  • Please say prayers for Rabbi Menachem Froman. Read more about him here.
  • 11/4/2010

  • Midrash on Noah and the Preservation of Species – PDF with Study Guide.
  • Kashroots: Noah and the Kosher Laws.
  • ~ 6/2010

  • Y'kum Purkan Lish'maya: A prayer for the earth ~ Something we need now more than ever.
  • A reference sheet on the Sefirot from Dr. Eliezer Siegel.
  • 2/25/2010

  • Purim ~ A few Torahs and songs. Plus the Apparition of the Holy Virgin Esther, which you can see right on this page. [Now moved to Purim section] All praise to the Holy One!
  • [entries for what's new log from Rosh 2009–Tu Bishv'at 2010 were not recorded]


  • Everything about Tu Bish'vat on neohasid, including a seder plan, text study sheet, and update on the JNF.
  • 1/7/2009

  • A prayer for Inauguration, based on the voting prayer.
  • 12/26/2008

  • Israel demolished the straw-bale eco-mosque built by Jews, Moslems and Christians together on Christmas.
  • 11/18/2008

  • I would like to dedicate the prayer for voting to the memory of Grace Paley, one of my rebbes. May her dynamic presence and political savvy inspire us to action.
  • Everything about Chanukah on Neohasid!
  • 11/2/2008

  • A prayer for voting, revised for the 2008 election. This prayer was covered in Associated Press, MSNBC, JTA, Forward, NJN and lots of blogs!
  • 10/6/2008

  • Everything Sukkot is here including a how-to guide for a simple sukkah, ushpizin, and Torah about the holiday.
  • An updated Hu Ya'aneinu for Yom Kippur eve, and an updated Al Chet for the environment, for 5769.
  • 9/25/2008

  • The High Holidays on Neohasid, including a Hatarat Nedarim from Reb Zalman, a Chabad tune for Hayom, and a dance nigun for G'mar Chasimah Tovah.
  • 8/5/2008

  • Everything related to Tisha B'Av: Download 2008 Eikhah with linear English and Hebrew; Reb Zalman's Nachamu, Richard Kaplan's Kinah for Gan Eden, reflections on Israel and Tisha B'Av.
  • 7/1/2008

  • Human Rights and Ecology ~ an intro and link to Reb Duvid's article in Tikkun
  • 6/15/2008

  • Reb Zalman's Bati LeGani ~ for my father
  • For Tisha B'Av: A complete translation of Eikhah with Hebrew; Reb Zalman's Nachamu
  • The Rebbe's Ohel  |  •  Whose hat?
  • 5/22/08

  • Lag B'Omer + Rainbow Day
  • Blessing the Fruit Trees
  • 5/5/2008

  • The Giving Tree for Yom Ha'atzma'ut
  • 4/30/2008

  • Dremlen Feygl for Yom Hashoah
  • 4/16/2008

  • How to count the Omer!
  • "Liberation and the Land"
  • 3/18/2008

    Pirim* (Purim) Sameach! Happy Purim and Equinox!
    You are listening to "Die Ganze Magilla Nigun" sung by Reb Elimelech's choir.
  • A bissel Torah from Izhbitz and the song Shoshanat Yaakov.
  • 2/3/2008

    You are listening to Eve Ilsen singing Tante Devorah's Nigun


    Happy Rosh Chodesh to you and to the Trees!

  • Tu Bish'vat Resources, including the One-page Haggadah recently published in JPS' holiday series
  • On the Kabbalah Centre.
  • 12/7/2007

    You are listening to a version of "Ana BeKhoach" used for meditating on the candles of Chanukah
    A brokhah from Reb Naftali Citron for Chanukah

  • For Chanukah: on "Mi Yimalel", meditating on the candles, why we spin the Dreidel, and an index Chanukah songs and Torah (this will grow over the chag, iy"h!)
  • Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic, Maimonides and ecology, seeking proposals for Rainbow day, and eco-Kabbalah. Go to StoptheFlood! for lots more Eco-Torah!
  • Revised links pages, sorted, expanded and sifted.
  • An expanding glossary. Also, "The Chakras and the Sefirot".
  • 9/21/2007

    Embrace is hinted at in the Sukkah...
  • Ushpizin: Inviting the mothers to your sukkah
  • New page with links to everything on related to egalitarianism, including new liturgy for Geshem and for the Avot blessing.
  • High Holidays: ...and now: a Rebbesoul Avinu Malkeinu, plus more.
  • Basics: An intro to Kabbalah...
  • Indexes: By holiday or shabbat use, by genre, and by Chasidic lineage.
  • Eco-Torah: See the index page of the "StoptheFlood!" section.
  • Don't leave NeoHasid without listening to Dovid Din's Shir Hama'alot.
  • 9/12/2007

    May you be inscribed for life and love. May all our relations from all walks of life (four-legged, many-legged, finned, by belly, wing, cilia, xylem, rhizome, etc.), be inscribed for life, sustenance and abundance.
  • High Holidays: Adam Yesodo, Avinu Malkeinu (Chabad, both sung and instrumental), an environmental Al Chet, an egalitarian Hu Y'aaneinu, a teaching on Avinu Malkeinu, reflections on Tashlikh, Clapping for God!, more.
  • Basics: An intro to Kabbalah, and a glossary. Several new pages on Kabbalah have been added: on the Sefirot, on creation, on important themes in Kabbalah, and on terms for light, awakening, etc.
  • Grace Paley died August 25 in Thetford VT. She was an extraordinary woman, teacher, and truthteller. Aleha Shalom.
  • 7/2007

    LISTEN TO STREAMING AUDIO of five recently added songs    


  • Download a translation of Lamentations.
  • Five new tunes: Efes Bilt'kha, Ashrei Ha'am, The Pastakh, a Karliner dance nigun, and "Reb Gedaliah's nigun" from Dovid Zeller z"l.
  • Hear the complete Breslov Tsur Mishelo from Emilia Cataldo, available here for the first time!
  • Basics: learn about the ideas and Hebrew terms used on NeoHasid through a basic intro to Kabbalah, and through a glossary of terms used on NeoHasid.
  • Index pages for songs grouped according to holiday or shabbat use, according to genre, and according to their Chasidic lineage: all have links under the banner of the main Nigunim and Songs page.
  • Eco-Torah: all the new and old eco-related material on NeoHasid is accessible through the index page of the "StoptheFlood!" section.
  • 3/25/2006

    A Zissen Pesach!
  • A dance nigun for "V'hi She'amdah" to replace the tune most folks know
  • A nigun for the second Psalm of Hallel, B'tseit Yisrael, "When Israel went out of Egypt"
  • The Mystery of Charoset, with more Pesach-related Torah linked here
  • Dispatches from the Future of Yiddishkeit

  • Chulent, the extraordinary weekly gathering of X-O's, haredim and others exploring the "handbreadth" between heaven and earth
  • Jennifer Bleyer's article on Chulent, from The New York Times
  • 2/18/2007

  • Nigun Ha'Ari (Dovid Din), an instrumental rendition by Yoram Getzler.
  • Reb Shlomo's famous lullaby.
  • 1/30/2007

  • A Karliner torch song from Eve Ilsen.
  • Atah Chonen from Reb Moshe Aharon.
  • Some Torah and prayer for Tu Bish'vat, with more links.
  • 1/1/2007

  • Adam yesodo me-afar – a Yom Kippur d'veikes nigun
  • 12/25/2006

  • An unusual Christmas medley from Santa Monica Farmer's Market.
  • 12/4/2006

  • Transforming Jewish culture – the art of Karen Liebowitz.
  • Add your two cents - use the comments field below each page.
  • 11/30/2006

  • A Chanukah nigun from Hazan Richard Kaplan.
  • A Breslov nigun from RebbeSoul's (practically) new album!
  • Ben Zion Solomon in Concert: info.
  • Three new Torah entries have been added: "The mute world", 'With your lips", and "Dominion".
  • Rewritten with new content - the StoptheFlood! section
  • 11/07/2006

  • A PRAYER FOR VOTING—Don't just vote – do something! This prayer is about making your vote an act of personal commitment to change.
  • 8/21/2006

  • Some new Breslov nigunim, using the new equipment!
  • 8/4/2006

  • Check out Beautiful Struggles (links to sites about people's struggles with Chasidus and Yiddishkeit) and our wish list for specific things you can contribute to NeoHasid
  • Log of previous "what's new" lists.
  • 3/16/2006

  • A Pesach dance nigun for the counting of the Omer from Stoln ~ sung by Reb Duvid
  • A story about the miracle of compassion and Rebbe Mordechai of Neshkiz from Yitzhak Buxbaum
  • An old standard for Yedid Nefesh in waltz time, sung by Emilia Cataldo ~ one of the best-known, in Madrigal-like harmony in two voices
  • The Skolier Ana BeKhoach as sung by the Berkeley Chevre ~ a rough cut but a sweet one
  • How did you get here (on the spirit level)? Contribute to the Spiritual Journeys section
  • The X-O phenomenon

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