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What is a Hasidic Jew?

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IraqiVetWife

Asked by IraqiVetWife at 11:28 AM on Feb. 24, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The first line of the Wikipedia entry:

    Hasidic Judaism or Hasidism, from the Hebrew חסידות—Ḥasidut in Sephardi, Chasidus in Ashkenazi, meaning "piety" (literally "loving kindness",[1] IPA: [ħɑsiduθ], [χɑsidus]), is a branch of Orthodox Judaism that promotes spirituality and joy through the popularisation and internalisation of Jewish mysticism as the fundamental aspects of the Jewish faith.


    There's a LONG article on wikipedia; check it out. (I love wikipedia!)
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:32 AM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • its a branch of Orthodox Judaism that promotes spirituality and joy through the popularisation and internalisation of Jewish mysticism as the fundamental aspects of the Jewish faith. It was founded in 18th Century Eastern Europe by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov as a reaction against overly legalistic Judaism. His example began the characteristic veneration of leadership in Hasidism as embodiments and intercessors of Divinity for the followers. Opposite to this, Hasidic teachings cherished the sincerity and concealed holiness of the unlettered common folk, and their equality with the scholarly elite. The emphasis on the Immanent Divine presence in everything gave new value to prayer and deeds of kindness, alongside Rabbinic supremacy of study, and replaced historical mystical (kabbalistic) and ethical (musar) asceticism and admonishment with optimism, encouragement and daily fervour.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:34 AM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • that was from Wikipedia, hopefully no one has messed with it...lol
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:34 AM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • lol, someone beat me to it...
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 11:34 AM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • An Hasidic Jew focuses on joyful observance of their faith. It began for the simpler people of the faith, those who were not wealthy or well-educated. They use more heartfelt prayer, in addition to OR in the absence of traditional set prayers. They follow something close to Kaballah.
    misses_nick

    Answer by misses_nick at 11:36 AM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • There is a full explanation here:  http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/222869/jewish/What-is-a-Chassid.htm


    "a chassid is a pious person -- one who goes "beyond the line of the law" in his duties toward G-d and man."

    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:43 PM on Feb. 24, 2011

  • Thank you! Reading that made me smile :0)
    IraqiVetWife

    Comment by IraqiVetWife (original poster) at 10:06 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

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