Hasidism: The Radical Lifestyle and Behavior of Hasidic Jews

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The Hasidic lifestyle may be radically different than other lifestyles but it Hasidism is considered normal for Hasidic Jews. Hasidism began in the 1730s and created a unique religion focused on God and the Talmud. Their purpose in life, lifestyle, beliefs, and views set them apart from the rest of the world. Hasidism, instituted by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, centers around the concentrated study of the Talmud and its application to Jewish lives. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov and his followers “created a way of Jewish life that emphasized the ability of all Jews to grow closer to God [in] everything they do, say, and think” (Jewish-Library). He also led European Jewry away from Rabbinism and toward mysticism which encouraged the poor and …show more content…
Although they retain Eastern European culture, they have succeeded in vocations in the U.S.A. “After WWII, the diamond industry became very popular among Hasidim in the United States” (HasidicNews). Today, most Hasidim are “very successful small business owners... men are expected to provide for a livelihood and women are expected to have many babies and run the house” (HasidicNews). A Hasidic man is always required to wear a black suit, and a Hasidic woman never wears pants, or sleeves shorter than elbow, or any flashy attention-drawing dress (HasidicNews). A typical Hasidic boy begins school at the age of three and around age six he attends a two-hour "secular" class. Roughly at the age of ten he studies the Talmud. At about age thirteen, he celebrates his bar Mitzvah and is sent to "Yeshiva Ketane" (Junior Talmudic school). After all this is through, he marries and begins a family of his own. According to Jewish customs, “women will also never hold any public position, or assume any leadership role in the community that involves men” (HasidicNews). “Hasidic worship services will often include singing, dancing, and a general enthusiasm for life” (Patheos.com). Chiefly, the lifestyle of a Hasidic Jew is considerably different than the typical American family. Hasidim profess that they are called by God to go out into the world and share their beliefs. “Hasidism focuses on personal experiences of God instead of ritual and religious education. They
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