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Noun1.Hassidism - 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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Synopsis: Religious traditions in the United States are characterized by ongoing tension between assimilation to the broader culture, as typified by mainline Protestant churches, and defiant rejection of cultural incursions, as witnessed by more sectarian movements such as Mormonism and Hassidism.
Within the world of Hassidism, there are very wide differences between sect and sect.
Therefore, a union with "nothingness" has retained some of its literal meaning in Hassidism, which is heavily based on Kabbalistic symbolism.
I first learned about Hassidism when in the early 60's I read "Tales of the Hassidism" by Martin Buber, a German Jewish philosopher who taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Belz Hassidism, which was nearly wiped out in the Holocaust, is named for the Western Ukrainian town of Belz, near the Polish border.
We see this in his response to Harold Kushner's attempt to understand the existence of evil, and Leibowitz's attitude to the duality represented by the concepts of body and soul, which has led to the development of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism and Hassidism.
In a lecture entitled "Dance Themes of Hassidism and Hinduism," Hadassah argued that Hasidism and Hinduism have much in common, including the use of dance as a means to reach a state of ecstatic transcendence.
He was born in Galicia and educated in the spirit of Hassidism.
4) Buber first gained his reputation as a Jewish renewalist and only subsequently as a registrant of Jewish mysticism and especially Hassidism.