Other Orthodox Jews do not want to change their ways of living to assimilate completely into an exclusively American culture. These Jews are represented in The Chosen in the characters of Danny Saunders and his father, Reb Saunders. They are Hasidic (Hah see dick) Jews, and their movement is called Hasidism. The word Hasidic, of Hebrew origin, means pious one . The Hasidic movement dates from the eighteenth century, when a traveling healer and storyteller named Israel ben Eliezer began to preach in Eastern Europe to the common Jewish people. Preaching a Judaism that relied less on books and more on personal experiences, he perceived that Jewish practices of the day, with their overemphasis on fine scholarly issues and complicated ways of studying Jewish texts, were alienating the common Jew. Given the name Ba'al Shem Tov, which means
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.