Hasidim


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Ha·sid

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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But uniquely, notes Heilman, Hasidim claim that the tzaddik, or righteous leader, has a mystical connection to the biblical prophets, which is transmitted through the "holy seed" at the birth of a male descendant.
And while the majority of Ultra-Orthodox movements still treat media-related technological advances with suspicion, Habad were always quick on the uptake, realizing the potential of new technologies to communicate their ideas to both Habad Hasidim and to Jews at large.
Although the first sentence appears unambiguously primitivist in its characterization of Hasidim (European Jews, speakers of a Germanic language, and in this case residents of Prague) as African savages, the subsequent, ostensibly negative appraisal of what he had seen as superstitious seems to call that characterization into question.
Les hassidim se veulent uniques et distincts, nous aussi (We do not like to see the Hasidim proliferate because they remind us of who we were, our national decline, our rejection of the century, and that in a time of orthodoxy we had solidarity and were concerned about our survival.
The Pharisees are defenders of the Law, successors of the Hasidim (the "pious ones") who fought with the Maccabees against the Hellenizing Seleucid kings and were instrumental in preserving the faith of Israel.
Reb Simcha Bunem took several hasidim with him and left on the journey.
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.