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table talk

Table Talk  is an homage to the rebbe’s tisch (Yiddish for table). There the Hasidic Rebbe would share novel Torah interpretations, and his Hasidim would dance and sing into the night. Many books of Hasidic thought are in fact transcriptions of the sermons and stories delivered around these tables. It was at the tisch that one learned not just how to think or how to study, but how to live Hasidically.


Yet those long tables traditionally had one man seated at the head, spatially signifying a rigid social hierarchy. Our proposed tisch is circular. Table Talk will feature many voices, all sharing a way to live neo-Hasidically — but never the way.

We invite you to join us in these conversations around our virtual table.

Welcome to the very first Gashmius Haggadah Supplement, a selection of Jewish sources – classical and contemporary, from a wide variety of Hasidic and other Jewish traditions – that we’ve compiled in the hopes of adding meaning to your seder this year. 

Poems by Donna Spruijt-Metz

January 21 2024

Photo by Emily Glick

the prayer column

Dr. Shaul Magid
September 4th, 2023

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD
September 6th, 2023

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
September 8th, 2023

Rav Micha'el Rosenberg
September 11th, 2023

Rabbi Nancy Flam
September 13th, 2023

Reb Pinchas of Koretz used to say that “people think they pray to God. But this is not the case: prayer itself is the essence of God.”

The “essence of God,” however, is indescribable, and can only be known experientially. How can we cultivate a relationship with the “essence of God” that enables us to encounter for ourselves what is beyond words? We asked five leaders from different segments of the Jewish world to tell us about their practices and experiences of prayer. Perhaps the ways that they maintain their relationships with the divine can help us to develop our own.

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