Chasidic Judaism: What is it and where did it come from? (Episode #134)

Michael of “Xai How Are You” and I discuss the history of the Chasidic / Hasidic movement, a Jewish lay mystical and pietistic movement, which originated among Ashkenazi Jews in Eastern Europe in the 1700s, flourished in the 1800s, survived the pogroms and world wars, and in recent years has been reborn as both a pillar of Orthodox Judaism and a bridge to the Reform and secular worlds. Suggested Further reading: “Hasidism: A New History,” by Biale, Assaf, Brown, Gellman, Heilman, Rosman, Sagiv, and Wodzinski.

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