Hasidism: A New Geographic History

Submitted by Anonymous on October 9, 2018 - 10:06am

Hasidic Jews walk in New York

lunch and learn with Marcin Wodziński
reservation required (below)

Oct. 23, 2018 | 12 p.m.
Lattie F. Coor Hall, 4403 | ASU Tempe campus
free and open to all | public parking information

Is it true that Hasidism dominated most of East European Jewry already by the end of the 18th century? What were the borders of Hasidic influence? When, how and why did they change? Which Hasidic dynasties were strongest and why? How strong is Hasidism today? These and other questions inform the lecture about the geography of this most important socio-religious movement in Judaism.

Marcin Wodziński  is professor of Jewish history and literature at the University of Wrocław, Poland. He specializes in Jewish material culture and the social history of Jews in Eastern Europe, especially history of Hasidism and Haskalah. His publications include: Hebrew Inscriptions in Silesia 13th–18th Century (Poland, 1996), Bibliography on the History of Silesian Jewry II (Saur, 2004), Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: A History of Conflict (Littman, 2005), Hasidism and Politics: The Kingdom of Poland, 1815-1864 (Littman, 2013), Historical Atlas of Hasidism (Princeton, 2018), and Hasidism: Key Questions (Oxford, 2018). 

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