Hasidism & Its Discontents

Traditionalists as well as modernists opposed Hasidism on social, theological and cultural grounds.

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Furthermore, the Maskilim maintained, Hasidic life was gov­erned by a superstitious belief in the supernatu­ral powers of the Zaddik to change the naturalorder. Eventually, the Mitnaggedim made com­mon cause with the Hasidim in opposition to the Haskalah, which was not slow to hurl similar accusations against the traditionalist Mitnaggedim.

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Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.