David Biale, one of the most creative of contemporary historians of the Jewish people and a former contributing editor to Tikkun, has assembled a crew of outstanding male thinkers (David Assaf, Benjamin Brown, Uriel Gellman, Samuel C. Heilman, Moshe Rosman, Gadi Sagiv and Marcin Wodzinski) to create a definitive history of the Hasidic movement in Judaism, whose 875 pages tell the objective, scholarly story of how this religious movement developed.

You can learn about how Hasidism spread from a founding circle of disciples of the Baal Shem Tov to the development of rabbinic dynasties to the great destruction of huge numbers of Hasidim in the Holocaust to its revival in the U.S. and Israel in the past 70 years, never missing a twist or turn in how each Hasidic rabbi had an impact and who opposed them (what they used to call the...

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