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Hasidism Beyond ModernityEssays in Habad Thought and History$
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Naftali Loewenthal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764708

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764708.001.0001

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Hippy in the Mikveh: The Hasidic Ethos and the Schisms of Jewish Society

Hippy in the Mikveh: The Hasidic Ethos and the Schisms of Jewish Society

(p.33) Chapter One Hippy in the Mikveh: The Hasidic Ethos and the Schisms of Jewish Society
Hasidism Beyond Modernity

Naftali Loewenthal

Liverpool University Press

This chapter and the next consider the same phenomenon from different perspectives. The present chapter is a story of historical processes: the emergence of the enclave form of the haredi paradigm, contrasting with early hasidic inclusivism and the revival of the inclusivist ethos in twentieth-century Habad. Chapter 2, with the ‘Sacred Epistle’ of the Ba’al Shem Tov at its centre, considers the development of Habad outreach in terms of the idea, expressed in the Ba’al Shem Tov’s letter, that the ‘spreading forth of the wellsprings’ hastens the advent of the messiah.

Keywords:   Jewish society, Hasidism, Hungarian ultra-Orthodoxy, Ba'al Shem Tov, talmudic, rabbinic, kabbalistic

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