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François Guesnet, Antony Polonsky, Ada Rapoport-Albert, and Marcin Wodzinski

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764753

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764753.001.0001

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The Narcissism of Small Differences?

The Narcissism of Small Differences?

Rituals and Customs as Hasidic Identity-Markers

(p.151) The Narcissism of Small Differences?
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 33

Gadi Sagiv

Liverpool University Press

This chapter highlights the problematic nature of every attempt to characterize the diverse Hasidic groups, schools of thought, and sects, which comprise the Hasidic movement. It talks about three well-known Hasidic leaders: ’the Yehudi,’ Simhah Bunem of Pshiskhe, and the Rabbi of Kotsk, who are generally considered founders of the distinctive Pshiskhe–Kotsk school but differed greatly in their respective spiritual orientations. It also explains Hasidism as a collection of distinct and often conflicting groups that comprises one charismatic leader each, who usually belongs to a dynasty of hereditary leaders. The chapter discusses the awakening of the collective consciousness of belonging to one movement among the disciples of the Magid of Mezeritsh. It describes the fragmented structure of the movement that was inherent from its earliest formative period.

Keywords:   Hasidic groups, Hasidic movement, Yehudi, Simhah Bunem, Rabbi of Kotsk, Pshiskhe–Kotsk school

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