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Hasidism, Chasidism

1. the beliefs and practices of a mystical Jewish sect, founded in Poland about 1750, characterized by an emphasis on prayer, religious zeal, and joy.
2. the beliefs and practices of a pious sect founded in the 3rd century B.C. to resist Hellenizing tendencies and to promote strict observance of Jewish laws and rituals. Also Assideanism. — Hasidic, adj. — Hasidim, n. pi.
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Noun1.Chasidism - beliefs and practices of a sect of Orthodox Jews
Orthodox Judaism - beliefs and practices of a Judaic sect that strictly observes Mosaic law
Chabad Hasidism, Chabad - a form of Hasidism practiced by Lithuanian and Russian Jews under communist rule; the beliefs and practices of the Lubavitch movement
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The sociologist Max Handman declined to contribute to the Journal because he believed that Jewish culture equated to "mental attitudes," such as "Talmudism, Chasidism [sic] and the Ghetto environment.
His work is influenced by poets Lawrence Ferlingetti and Allen Ginsburg, and Chabad Chasidism, as well as by the music he enjoys.
His teacher was Jiri Langer, the man who taught him about Chasidism.
Chasidism taught that d'veikut ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), cleaving to God, was the ultimate goal of religious life, a goal that the tzaddik could achieve directly but that the common person could reach only indirectly through cleaving to the tzaddik.
I had to learn about Chasidism, about the Jewish High Holy Days.
His sketch of the Baal Shem Tov was the first entry of Chasidism into English literature.
The Pocket Dictionary of Judaism even takes Chasidim and Chasidism to be two different sects.
We see this clearly now in diverse ways in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam: Opus Dei, the so-called Evangelicals, Chabad Chasidism and other varieties of ultra-Orthodoxy, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Keeping the memory alive brings to mind the words of the Baal Shem Tov, one of our great sages, the founder of Chasidism, who grew to greatness on Polish soil: "Forgetfulness leads to exile.