Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society

Men of Silk The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society Hasidism a kabbalah inspired movement founded by Israel Ba al Shem Tov c transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe In Men of Silk Glenn Dynner draws upon newly

  • Title: Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society
  • Author: Glenn Dynner
  • ISBN: 9780195175226
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hasidism, a kabbalah inspired movement founded by Israel Ba al Shem Tov c1700 1760 , transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe In Men of Silk, Glenn Dynner draws upon newly discovered Polish archival material and neglected Hebrew testimonies to illuminate Hasidism s dramatic ascendancy in the region of Central Poland during the early nineteentHasidism, a kabbalah inspired movement founded by Israel Ba al Shem Tov c1700 1760 , transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe In Men of Silk, Glenn Dynner draws upon newly discovered Polish archival material and neglected Hebrew testimonies to illuminate Hasidism s dramatic ascendancy in the region of Central Poland during the early nineteenth century Dynner presents Hasidism as a socioreligious phenomenon that was shaped in crucial ways by its Polish context His social historical analysis dispels prevailing romantic notions about Hasidism 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 institutions The book also reveals the full spectrum of Hasidic devotees, from humble shtetl dwellers to influential Warsaw entrepreneurs.

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