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Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Essays in Habad Thought and History

Naftali Loewenthal


The Habad school of Hasidism is distinguished today from other hasidic groups by its famous emphasis on outreach, on messianism, and on empowering women. This book provides a critical, thematic study of the movement from its beginnings, showing how its unusual qualities evolved. Topics investigated include the theoretical underpinning of the outreach ethos; the turn towards women in the twentieth century; new attitudes to non-Jews; the role of the individual in the hasidic collective; spiritual contemplation in the context of modernity; the quest for inclusivism in the face of prevailing schis ... More

Keywords: Hasidism, Habad school, outreach, messianism, female empowerment, Judaism, mystical faith, rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764708
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naftali Loewenthal, author