Hasidism is one of the most dynamic religious movements in the Jewish world today, rising from the ashes of the Holocaust when most of its communities in Eastern Europe were destroyed. This talk will try to situate contemporary Hasidism in historical perspective, going back to the origins of the movement in the 18th century and to its golden age as a mass movement in the 19th. With David Biale, University of California, Davis (lecturer), and Ayala Fader, Fordham University (respondent).
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Sponsor: Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Lehigh University