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Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society

Glenn Dynner

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195175226
eISBN:
9780199785148
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175226.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Hasidism, a kabbalah-inspired movement founded by Israel Ba'al Shem Tov (c1700-1760), transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe. This book illuminates Hasidism's dramatic ... More


Hasidism in Central Poland, 1754–1830

Glenn Dynner

in Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195175226
eISBN:
9780199785148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175226.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter highlights the regional distinctiveness of Polish Hasidism and attempts to quantify its regional expansion. Polish Hasidism shared the broader theological and experiential features of ... More


Charlatans or “Lovers of Israel”?: Evaluating Hasidic Populism

Glenn Dynner

in Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195175226
eISBN:
9780199785148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175226.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates the movement's grassroots appeal through its miracle working enterprises, arguing that Polish zaddikim were neither charlatans, nor were they, technically speaking, “popular” ... More


Rabbis, Rebbes and Other Humanists: The Search for a Usable Past in Modern Yiddish Literature

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112030
eISBN:
9780199854608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses modern Jewish literature in Eastern Europe where the rise of secular forms of Jewish self-expression coincided with the Kulturkampf between Hasidism and Haskalah. It explains ... More


Hasidism: Key Questions

Marcin Wodzinski

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190631260
eISBN:
9780190631291
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190631260.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Innovative and multidisciplinary in approaches, the book discusses the most cardinal features of any social or religious movement: definition, gender, leadership, demographic size, geography, ... More


Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism

Shaul Magid

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791304
eISBN:
9780804793469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791304.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Hasidism Incarnate argues that much of modern Judaism in the west developed under what it calls a “Christian gaze,” that is, reacting to Christianity by defending Judaism, positing that Judaism is ... More


Malkhut as Kenosis: Malkhut and the Zaddik in Ya’akov Koppel Lifshitz of Mezritch’s Sha’arei Gan Eden

Shaul Magid

in Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791304
eISBN:
9780804793469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791304.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the work of Ya’akov Koppel who lived on the cusp of the Hasidic movement. The chapter focuses is the doctrine of the zaddik and its similarities to the Christian notion of ... More


The Zaddik: The Interrelationship between Religious Doctrine and Social Organization

Immanuel Etkes

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the zaddik. The bulk of the scholarship concerned with the position of the leader in hasidism has been focused on the ideology, usually referred to as the doctrine, of ... More


Personal Redemption in Hasidism

Morris M. Faierstein

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter studies personal redemption in hasidism. The question of messianism or redemption is one area where the distinctions between the popular and élitist aspects of hasidism can be clearly ... More


Hasidism as a Socio-religious Movement on the Evidence of Devekut

Mendel Piekarz

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses hasidism as a socio-religious movement on the evidence of devekut. Nothing throws the socio-religious élitism in hasidism into sharper relief than the treatment of devekut. ... More


The Fluidity of Categories in Hasidism: Averah lishmah in the Teachings of R. Zevi Elimelekh of Dynow

Yehoshua Mondshine

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter investigates the concept of ‘sin for the sake of Heaven’ (averah lishmah) in the teachings of R. Zevi Elimelekh of Dynow. In broad terms, there are two types of ‘sin for the sake of ... More


The Prayers of the Zaddik

Louis Jacobs

in Hasidic Prayer

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100240
eISBN:
9781800340312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100240.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the doctrine of the Zaddik with respect to Hasidic prayer. The Zaddik is the spiritual superman whose holy living not only provides his followers with inspiration for their ... More


From the Historical Besht to the Usable Besht: The Image of the Ba’al ShemTov in Early Habad

Moshe Rosman

in Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba'al Shem Tov

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyzes the image of the Besht as a man who fit in with the institutions, doctrines, and practices of his time. It points out how the Besht was considered a religious or social activist ... More


Leadership

Marcin Wodziński

in Hasidism: Key Questions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190631260
eISBN:
9780190631291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190631260.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter attempts to add yet another perspective to the already extensive scholarship on the tsadikim, which has been based so far mainly on elitist, rabbinical sources of a normative, rather ... More


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