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Description - Men of Silk by Glenn Dynner

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 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 Details

ISBN: 9780195382655
ISBN-10: 019538265X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Glenn Dynner

Glenn Dynner is a Professor of Religion at Sarah Lawrence College

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Men of Silk by Glenn Dynner
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