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A shtiebel (Yiddish: שטייבל, pl. shtiebelekh or shtiebels, meaning "little house") is a place used for communal Jewish prayer. In contrast to a synagogue, a shtiebel is far smaller and approached more casually. It is typically a room in a private home or a place of business which is set aside for the express purpose of prayer. It may or may not offer the communal services of a synagogue. Yiddish (Yid. ... A synagogue or synagog (from Greek συναγωγη, transliterated sunagoge, place of assembly literally meeting, assembly) is a Jewish house of prayer and study. ...

Shtiebels were common in Jewish communities in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. They were popularly preferred to large synagogues by Hasidim, and continue to exist in contemporary Israel and the United States. In Israel, minyans are held in storefront shtiebelekh in major business areas around the clock; whenever ten men show up, a new minyan begins. Concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust The Holocaust was Nazi Germanys systematic genocide (ethnic cleansing) of various ethnic, religious, national, and secular groups during World War II. Early elements include the Kristallnacht pogrom and the T-4 Euthanasia Program established by Hitler that killed some 200,000 people. ... Hasidic Judaism (from the Hebrew: Chasidut חסידות, meaning pious, from the Hebrew root word chesed חסד meaning loving kindness) is a Haredi Jewish religious movement. ... Minyan (Hebrew: plural minyanim) is traditionally a quorum of ten or more adult (over the age of Bar Mitzvah) male Jews for the purpose of communal prayer; a minyan is often held within a synagogue, but may be (and often is) held elsewhere. ...

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Olas Shabbos - Shemos, 5760 - Torah.org (831 words)
The story is told of a successful young shopkeeper in pre-war Europe who used to daven (pray) in a chassidishe shtiebel (shul), and who owned two sets of clothing.
One day, as he stood in his store absent-mindedly making sure his beard was rolled up neatly, it hit him that he was living a sham: To the street, he was a successful and worldly businessman.
Yet before setting foot in shtiebel, he meticulously made sure that he was no different than his friends.
Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager Vizhnitzer Rebbe (2576 words)
To all who entered his sphere of influence he opened a door to the enjoyment of the Shabbos; to sense its happiness and to open one's heart and soul to its flood of purity and sanctity, contentment and ecstasy.
The shtiebel was filled with all kinds of Jews, all types of Chassidim, attracted to the Rebbe's voice and look as to a magnet.
The entire shtiebel trembled as the sound reverberated, as all were pervaded with his joyful presence.
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