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Definition of Hasidism

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principles and practices of the mystical Jewish sect founded in 18th-century Poland by Baal Shem-Tov
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Noun
1. beliefs and practices of a sect of Orthodox Jews
(synonym) Hassidism, Chasidism, Chassidism
(hypernym) Orthodox Judaism
(hyponym) Chabad, Chabad Hasidism
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Hasidic Judaism carries forward the mystical aspects of Traditional Judaism into the Modern Period. They are essentially Orthodox and usually quite observant. Their mystical beliefs--deriving from the Kabbalah--give them much stronger belief in supernatural intervention in this world and in the divine guidance of God. The best known hasidic movement in the US is the Lubavitch or Chabad movement, whose leader--Rebbe Menachem Schneerson--died a couple of years ago.
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Hasidic Judaism from the (Sephardic pronunciation: ; Ashkenazic pronunciation: ), meaning "piety" (or "loving-kindness"), is a branch of Orthodox Judaism that promotes spirituality through the popularization and internalization of Jewish mysticism as the fundamental aspect of the faith. It was founded in 18th-century Eastern Europe by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov as a reaction against overly legalistic Judaism. His example began the characteristic veneration of leadership in Hasidism as embodiments and intercessors of Divinity for the followers. Contrary to this, Hasidic teachings cherished the sincerity and concealed holiness of the unlettered common folk, and their equality with the scholarly elite. The emphasis on the Immanent Divine presence in everything gave new value to prayer and deeds of kindness, alongside rabbinical supremacy of study, and replaced historical mystical (kabbalistic) and ethical (musar) asceticism and admonishment with Simcha, encouragement, and daily fervor. This populist emotional revival accompanied the elite ideal of nullification to paradoxical Divine Panentheism, through intellectual articulation of inner dimensions of mystical thought.

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