(50.) Stephen Fredman, "Allen Ginsberg and Lionel Trilling: The Hasid and the Mitnaged
," Religion & Literature 30, no.
Yet it was to Maimonides that the rebellious young Ahad Ha-Am was drawn and whose thought epitomized for him shilton ha-sekhel, "the supremacy of reason." (2) It was his exposure to Maimonides that finally changed him from a mitnaged
to a maskil.
"In every house, in every study hall and in every store and street, nothing was heard besides, "Mitnaged
and Hassid, Hassid and Mitnaged
." At first the women made mistakes since they didn't know which butcher shop was Mitnaged
and which was Hassidic, and so they mixed up the products.
The breaking off of Shas represents on the one hand the coming of age of Sephardic ultra-Orthodoxy; but Shas broke away from Agudah under the encouragement, and supported through the years by the patronage, of the Lithuanian (mitnaged
) religious authority Rabbi Eliezer Shach, and Shach did this in large measure to weaken the hasidic influences in Agudah and its guiding light, the Council of Torah Sages.