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Studying Hasidism: Sources, Methods, Perspectives
edited by Marcin Wodzinski
contributions by Vladimir Levin, Edwin Seroussi, Maya Balakirsky Katz, Gadi Sagiv, Levi Cooper, David Assaf, Shaul Magid, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Uriel Gellman and Galit Hasan-Rokem
Rutgers University Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-1-9788-0422-7 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0421-0 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-0425-8
Library of Congress Classification BM198.3.S78 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 296.8332072


Hasidism, a Jewish religious movement that originated in Poland in the eighteenth century, today counts over 700,000 adherents, primarily in the U.S., Israel, and the UK. Popular and scholarly interest in Hasidic Judaism and Hasidic Jews is growing, but there is no textbook dedicated to research methods in the field, nor sources for the history of Hasidism have been properly recognized. Studying Hasidism, edited by Marcin Wodziński, an internationally recognized historian of Hasidism, aims to remedy this gap. The work’s thirteen chapters each draws upon a set of different sources, many of them previously untapped, including folklore, music, big data, and material culture to demonstrate what is still to be achieved in the study of Hasidism. Ultimately, this textbook presents research methods that can decentralize the role community leaders play in the current literature and reclaim the everyday lives of Hasidic Jews.

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