a week ago
We Chassidim have a couple of unique Customs, and by a couple, I should really say many.
Previously, when we discussed why Chassidim go to a rebbe for Yom Tov, (to find that post just search the #traditionsexplained hashtag) I mentioned that in a Chassidish community the Rebbe is the shepherd of his flock in the most literal sense and everything is centered around the Rebbe's guidance and teachings. In order for the Chassidim to have contact with their Rebbe on a more frequent basis, the Chassidim developed the practice of the Tish.
The word Tish in Yiddish means a table. When going to a Rebbe's Tish you are actually joining the Rebbe's table and participating in the meal physically and symbolically. As mentioned, the Rebbe isn't only our spiritual guidance, we go to him to learn about all the mundane daily tasks hence the Tisch. One of the ways we participate at the Tish is by eating shirayim, literal meaning leftovers, that has been passed around for the Chassidim to eat. It is believed that those who eat shirayim from the Rebbe will merit to Yiras Shomayim (awe of heaven) and many other blessings. There are many Chassidish tales of miraculous healing, blessing of wealth or piety after receiving shirayim from a Rebbe. Besides for the meal portion of the tish (I know we Chassidim cover the food topic thoroughly) the actual Tish includes singing, dancing and Dvar Torah.
If you want to have a true Chassdish experience, start at a Rebbe's Tish.
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