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or Has·sid also Chas·sid  (KHä′sĭd, KHô′-, hä′-)
n. pl. Ha·si·dim or Has·si·dim also Chas·si·dim (KHä-sē′dĭm, KHô-, hä-)
A member of a Jewish mystic movement founded in the 18th century in eastern Europe by Baal Shem Tov that reacted against Talmudic learning and maintained that God's presence was in all of one's surroundings and that one should serve God in one's every deed and word.

[From Hebrew ḥāsîd, pious, from ḥāsad, to be kind; see ḥsd in Semitic roots.]

Ha·si′dic adj.
Ha·si′dism n.
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Noun1.Hasidim - a sect of Orthodox Jews that arose out of a pietistic movement originating in eastern Europe in the second half of the 18th century; a sect that follows the Mosaic law strictly
Jewish Orthodoxy, Orthodox Judaism - Jews who strictly observe the Mosaic law as interpreted in the Talmud
Chasid, Chassid, Hasid, Hassid - a member of a Jewish sect that observes a form of strict Orthodox Judaism
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When the air became heavy and oppressive on the fast-day of Atonement, the Hasidim, to allow ventilation, opened the windows, but the parnas (the accommodation-minded synagogue president), fearing a possible injury to the voice of the cantor by reason of the draft, remonstrated and insisted that the windows be closed.
Its very validity was at stake in the challenges mounted by the Karaites, who favored a literal interpretation of the Bible unmediated by Talmud, and by the Hasidim, who tried to convert Talmudic study from an intellectual to a spiritual exercise, "elevat[ing] the soul to a mystic state of union with God.
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22) Early zealots in the days of the Maccabees appropriated the term "asidaiot"--Greek for hasidim.
Demonstrators were mostly from two factions of Satmar Hasidim, an anti-Zionist sect within the ultra-Orthodox community whose members are typically at odds but came together on this issue.
In this successor work, he returns to the same geographical and temporal setting but shifts his attention to relations between the Hasidim and the state and its representatives in the context of Polish political history.
Weberman is a member of the Satmar Hasidim, an insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, in Williamsburg and worked as an unlicensed counselor.
Living in Brooklyn, he began meeting Hasidim from the various communities.
Jews made up about one-third of Lemberg's population, and they were either Orthodox, Enlightened (Maskilim), Hasidim or Karaite.
The original Hebrew name of the congregation is Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim and the building itself was finally built in 1833 to support a thriving Jewish community.
About a decade before my own arrival on the scene, a group of Gur hasidim established a satellite community in Arad to accommodate spillover from acutely overcrowded, overpriced quarters in Jerusalem.