Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Czarist Official's perception of Chassidim

This post on mentalblog.com links to a photo of an original report by a Russian official regarding the second arrest of the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch. Here is a partial translation of this report:

This sect known as 'Karolini' or Chossids consists of Jews in the Byelorussian and Lithuanian gubernias under the leadership of Rabbi Borochovich [Zalman ben Boruch, the Alter Rebbe], whose mystery consists of, during prayer, yelling with all their might, climbing the walls, and through this reaching uncounciousness, and not having any other thoughts. Also, blind obedience to their leader, and under his order disregard for their possessions...


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