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Hasidism Line breaks: Has¦id|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈhasɪˌdɪz(ə)m/
(also Chasidism, Chassidism, or Hassidism)

Definition of Hasidism in English:


[mass noun]
A mystical Jewish movement founded in Poland in the 18th century in reaction to the rigid academicism of rabbinical Judaism. The movement declined sharply in the 19th century, but fundamentalist communities developed from it, and Hasidism is still influential in Jewish life, particularly in Israel and New York.
Example sentences
  • People continue to be afraid and uninformed or misinformed about the mystical side of Judaism, both in terms of Kabbalah and Hasidism.
  • Many think that the Jewish emphasis on joy dates back to the 18th century advent of Hasidism.
  • Modern Hasidism evolved in 18th-century Poland, where its leader, Ba'al Shem Tov, taught a return to faith and piety.

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Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly