16. A History of Hasidism

Origins and Developments

  1. Alan T. Levenson
  1. Gadi Sagiv

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch16

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How to Cite

Sagiv, G. (2012) A History of Hasidism, in The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism (ed A. T. Levenson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch16

Editor Information

  1. University of Oklahoma, USA

Author Information

  1. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196376

Online ISBN: 9781118232897

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Keywords:

  • history of Hasidism, origins and developments;
  • Hasidism, a Jewish pietistic movement;
  • Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth;
  • emergence of Hasidism, cross-European pietistic;
  • Jewish religious context, Kabbalah, of Jewish mysticism;
  • The Baal Shem Tov (Besht), and his contemporaries;
  • Hasidic courts, central institutions;
  • Hasidism, the State and the Jewish Enlightenment

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Setting

  • Beginnings: The Baal Shem Tov (Besht) and His Contemporaries

  • After the Besht

  • The Ethos and Its Conveyance

  • The Opposition to Hasidism

  • Becoming a Movement

  • Spread and Diversification

  • Hasidism, the State and the Jewish Enlightenment

  • Toward the End of the Nineteenth Century

  • Hasidism in the Twentieth Century

  • Hasidism in the Twenty-First Century

  • Further reading