Eminent Hasidic Spiritualist, Hershy Schnitzler, Lectures at Thursday Night Chulent
One of the most exciting figures in the Haredi spiritual but non-observant Jewish world is Hershy Schnitzler. With a cult-like persona he attracts gaggles of adulators and devotees. For the May 17 Chulent gathering in Kensington, Brooklyn Hershy showed up fashionably late like a Hasidic Rebbe, except that he was bare-headed and his beard was not nearly as long.
After some passionate trance-like crooning of some traditional Hasidic folk songs in Yiddish accompanied by musical instruments, Hershy was finally ready to give his lecture. Topic of the day? The besht –founder of Hasidus!
In a piercingly insightful and profoundly revealing half-hour presentation, Hershy demonstrated how the very elemental ideas of Hasidus as originally expounded by the Besht have been unrecognizably altered and forgotten. The besht was far from a halakhically observant Jew, asserts Hershy.
Hershy was on a brief visit to New York. He has now returned to his home town Miami where he is active in a Carlebach-type congregation.
Watch the lecture below.