By assuming the vernacular of Hasidic storytelling in "Hassidic Tales, with a Guide to Their Interpretation by the Noted Scholar", Woody Allen borrows from the tradition of Hasidic Judaism
and exploits it to point out the shortcomings of organized religions.
From the 1950s until his death in 1994, Menachem Mendel Schneerson--revered by his followers worldwide simply as the Rebbe--built the Lubavitcher movement from a relatively small sect within Hasidic Judaism
into the powerful force in Jewish life that it is today.
The heroes of his stories, such as rabbi Yisrael Ben Eliezer who founded Hasidic Judaism
, the main strain of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, in the 18th century, may even have God-bestowed supernatural powers such as telepathy or X-ray vision, but only within certain limits.
Matisyahu returns to Israel on tour with new positive, hopeful songs that combine hasidic Judaism
, jam band rock, hip hop and reggae.
The Fogelmans came to Worcester from Brooklyn in 1942 to spread the Lubavitch movement of Hasidic Judaism
, especially the teachings of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendell Schneerson, who became the group's beloved Rebbe or leader, and they opened the school four years later.
How much were satirical treatments of religious believers influenced by Jewish enlightenment attacks on Hasidic Judaism
, some of them likewise written by people of unquestioned orthodoxy?
Although Hasidic Judaism
and lesbian separatist subcultures may
American-Protestant fundamentalism represents "world transformation." Based on their own self-definitions, Lubavicher Hasidic Judaism
and the Lefebvrist Catholics of France are portrayed respectively as "world creating" and "world renewing." A helpful table in the appendix shows dominant and evolving patterns over time of all 20 of the studied cases.