- By Glenn Dynner

Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society

  • Title: Men of Silk: The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society
  • Author: Glenn Dynner
  • ISBN: 9780195382655
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • Men of Silk The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society Hasidism a kabbalah inspired movement founded by Israel Ba al Shem Tov c transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe In Men of Silk Glenn Dynner draws upon newly

    Hasidism, a kabbalah inspired movement founded by Israel Ba al Shem Tov c1700 1760 , transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe In Men of Silk, Glenn Dynner draws upon newly discovered Polish archival material and neglected Hebrew testimonies to illuminate Hasidism s dramatic ascendancy in the region of Central Poland during the early nineteentHasidism, a kabbalah inspired movement founded by Israel Ba al Shem Tov c1700 1760 , transformed Jewish communities across Eastern and East Central Europe In Men of Silk, Glenn Dynner draws upon newly discovered Polish archival material and neglected Hebrew testimonies to illuminate Hasidism s dramatic ascendancy in the region of Central Poland during the early nineteenth century Dynner presents Hasidism as a socioreligious phenomenon that was shaped in crucial ways by its Polish context His social historical analysis dispels prevailing romantic notions about Hasidism Despite their folksy image, the movement s charismatic leaders are revealed as astute populists who proved remarkably adept at securing elite patronage, neutralizing powerful opponents, and methodically co opting Jewish institutions The book also reveals the full spectrum of Hasidic devotees, from humble shtetl dwellers to influential Warsaw entrepreneurs.

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    1. Important read for anyone wishing to understand history of Hasidism as opposed to philosophy / theology of same. Good use of both internal and external sources. Differs from Rossman who is more dismissive of internal sources and from the various and sundry hagiographers out there. Somewhat narrow focus on Hasidism in Central Poland vs. Galicia or Ukraine but with implications for wider hasidic world nevertheless. This is also not a book about Hasidic origins in C18 but rather about why and how h [...]

    2. A careful, scholarly look at the rise of Hasidism in Poland during the 1700s, a time remarkable for its changes in that country, and subsequently. As always, seeing how political necessity interacted with the Jews is painful, and anyone who has read history of that period is not going to find anything new. What they will find is the Jew's-eye view of various famous and semi-famous Hasidic figures, the charlatans as well as the truly holy leaders. Traces how wisdom from the Baal Shem Tov and Rebb [...]

    3. Informative and interesting work on the history of the spread of Hasidism into Poland. The authors insights/analysis were well argued and supported. I specifically was intrigued by the many references to female followers, who flocked to Rabbis for their blessings and miracles. There's a great section on the rich and powerful woman Temerel Sonnenberg-Bergson who exerted a lot of influence and was a big supported of the Hasidic Zaddikim, so much so the Seer of Lublin bestowed her with the honorifi [...]

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