History of Hasidism

The history of Hasidism is filled with salient questions: Who (and what) birthed Hasidism, and how much does it owe to previous Jewish experience and thought? How did the Mitnagdim help shape those they opposed (and vice versa)? This course will ask what innovations in ritual, practice, and beliefs can be attributed to Hasidism, what roles (if any) women played in its history, and how institutions and communities of uncompromising separatism could emerge from its roots. We will ask how Hasidism reinvented itself after the Holocaust in forms so myriad that they included Jewish Renewal among  them.

Rabbinic Pastor
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