Hasidism: A New History

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Hasidism: A New History

January 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This lecture will present the major findings by a team of scholars about the history of Hasidism, from its origins in the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. This pietistic movement started in a remote corner of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but, by the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it became a central actor on the stage of modern Jewish history. Despite predictions of its demise after the Holocaust, Hasidism today has around three-quarter of a million followers and continues to fascinate Jews and non-Jews alike. David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis, with interests that range across the 3,000-year span of that subject.


January 22
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm