(formerly The 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? Were founders and leaders transforming or reframing Jewish thought and practice or were they reinscribing existing structures, theologies, and hierarchies? Students will also explore the place of women and Queer Jews in the Hasidic world and ask how institutions and communities of uncompromising separatism emerged from its roots. Finally, we will ask how Hasidism reinvented itself after the Holocaust in forms so myriad that they included Jewish Renewal among them.