Hasidic Judaism came into this world around the 18th century. During this time many of the Jewish people sought out a new approach to their Jewish life. Baal Shem Tov is the founder of Hasidic Judaism. He encouraged unschooled and underprivileged people to focus on mysticism and to be more emotional. One must be, “Less focused on gaining knowledge and more focused on feeling exalted”(http://judaism.about.com); this was one of Baal’s main focuses. From that, Hasidic Judaism was created; successors to Baal or a rebbe/rabbi, headed different groups or courts, which were derived from the original form of Hasidism. The United States was introduced to Hasidism through immigration. During the 1940s and 1950s Hasidism flourished, bringing more and more Hasidic courts. Rapid growth of the Hasidic courts, made New York known for having one of the largest populations of Hasidic Jews in t...
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