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Hasidism
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I. Modern Hasidism – II. Ashkenazi Hasidism

I. Modern Hasidism

Hasidism is the largest and most important Orthodox Jewish religious movement of the modern period. Founded in southern Russian by Rabbi Israel Baʾal Shem Tov (acronym Besht) in the middle of the 18th century, it spread throughout Europe in the 19th century. Today its strongholds are in the great cities on the East Coast of the USA and in Israel. Before the Holocaust, the movement had several million members; today it numbers sev…

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Dan, Joseph, “Hasidism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_02870>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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