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Hasidism and PoliticsThe Kingdom of Poland, 1815-1864$
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Marcin Wodzinski

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113737

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113737.001.0001

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Communal Dimensions of Hasidic Politics

Communal Dimensions of Hasidic Politics

(p.218) Chapter Six Communal Dimensions of Hasidic Politics
Hasidism and Politics

Marcin Wodziński

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes communal hasidic politics, and the relationship between the hasidic elite and the hasidic masses, shifting its focus from the state level to communal politics and the relations between “elite” and “ethnic,” or popular, political participation. It portrays hasidic politics as being chiefly engaged in problems at the macro level, particularly Raphael Mahler's evocative narration of the hasidic leadership of the passive resistance of the Jewish masses. The chapter also include the martyrological historiography of the Lubavitch dynasty, which focuses on the sufferings of the holy men of the Schneersohn family at the hands of the central government. Since the Kingdom of Poland was a highly bureaucratic and centralized state, no political undertakings could be classified as purely local or even provincial. Every intervention in a local matter required universal state-level competencies and triggered administrative procedures reaching the level of ministries or even the central government.

Keywords:   hasidic politics, Raphael Mahler, Jewish masses, Lubavitch dynasty, Schneersohn family, Kingdom of Poland

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