Other Orthodox Jews do not want to change their ways of living to assimilate completely into an excl

Other Orthodox Jews do not want to change their ways of living to assimilate completely into an excl

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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.

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