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Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society

Glenn Dynner


Hasidism, a kabbalah-inspired movement founded by Israel Ba'al Shem Tov (c1700-1760), transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe. This book illuminates Hasidism's dramatic ascendancy in the region of Central Poland during the early 19th century, presenting Hasidism as a socioreligious phenomenon that was shaped in crucial ways by its Polish context. Despite their folksy image, the movement's charismatic leaders are revealed as astute populists who proved remarkably adept at securing elite patronage, neutralizing powerful opponents, and methodically co-opting Jewish i ... More

Keywords: Jews, Hasidism, ba'al shem, zaddik, Israel Ba'al Shem Tov, avodah be-gashmiyut, devekut

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195175226
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Dynner, author
Sarah Lawrence College
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