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What is Hasidism and why is it important?
Biale: Hasidism is a movement of Jewish religious orthodoxy that originated in the south-eastern corner of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the middle of the eighteenth century. From very modest beginnings, it grew by the nineteenth century into perhaps the most dynamic and influential religious movement among Eastern European Jews.

FULL STORY David Biale on Hasidim (Princeton Blog Press)

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