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Hasidic Studies: Essays in History and Gender

Ada Rapoport-Albert


This volume shows the erudition of the author's contribution to rewriting the master-narrative of hasidic history. We now know that eighteenth-century Hasidism evolved in a context of intense spirituality. It developed through a process of differentiation from traditional ascetic-mystical hasidism. Its elite leaders only became conscious of a distinctive group identity after the Ba'al Shem Tov's death, and they subsequently spent the period from the late-eighteenth to the early-nineteenth century experimenting with various forms of doctrine, literature, organization, leadership, and transfer o ... More

Keywords: Hasidism, hasidic history, eighteenth-century Hasidism, women's status, gender hierarchy, Habad hasidim, modernist feminism, traditional gender roles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764821
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ada Rapoport-Albert, author