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The Economist Book of Isms by John Andrews

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Hasidism A mystical Jewish movement founded in Poland in the 18th century as a reaction against rigid Talmudic worship and offering in its stead joyful worship through music and dance. The movement, from the Hebrew hasid, meaning pious one, began with the preaching of Israel ben Eliezer Ba’Al Shem tov (1698–1760), known by the acronym Besht, who taught that God was immanent in all things and that piety was more important than scholarship. The Hasidim were excommunicated by the Talmudists of Orthodox Judaism in 1772 but continued to grow in popularity in central and eastern Europe. By the 19th century the Hasidim had become ultra-conservative and been accepted again by the Orthodox. By the late 20th century they had become the staunchest opponents ...

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