Hasidism originated in southeastern Poland, in mystical circles centered on the figure of Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, but it was only after his death in 1760 that a movement began to spread. Challenging the notion that Hasidism ceased to be a creative movement after the eighteenth century, Hasidism: A New History argues that its first golden age was in the nineteenth century, when it conquered new territory, won a mass following, and became a mainstay of Jewish Orthodoxy. World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the Holocaust decimated eastern European Hasidism. But following World War II, the movement enjoyed a second golden age, growing exponentially. Today, it is witnessing a remarkable renaissance in Israel, the United States, and other countries around the world. Join us at YIVO with David Biale (Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis) for the launch of this new book , the first comprehensive history of the pietistic movement that shaped modern Judaism.
About the Authors:
David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis.
David Assaf is professor of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University.
Benjamin Brown is professor of Jewish thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Uriel Gellman is lecturer in Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University.
Samuel Heilman is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Moshe Rosman is professor of Jewish history at Bar-Ilan University.
Gadi Sagiv is senior lecturer in Jewish history at the Open University of Israel.
Marcin Wodziński is professor of Jewish studies at the University of Wrocław.