Men of Silk
The Hasidic Conquest of Polish Jewish Society
By (author) Glenn Dynner
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Men of Silk by Glenn Dynner
Book DescriptionHasidism, 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195382655
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Glenn Dynner
Yankel's Tavern, Paperback (January 2015)
In Yankel's Tavern, Glenn Dynner investigates the role of Jews in tavern-keeping in the Kingdom of Poland between 1815 and the uprising of 1863-4 and its aftermath.
Men of Silk, Hardback (May 2006)» View all books by Glenn Dynner
Hasidism is a Kabbalah-inspired Jewish spiritual revival that centers on charismatic leaders and miracle workers known as "Zaddikim." This book provides a critical look at Hasidism's stunning transformation into a mass movement, by highlighting the variegated region of Central Poland.
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Author Biography - Glenn Dynner
Glenn Dynner is a Professor of Religion at Sarah Lawrence College
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