What is Hasidim?

Hasidim

Hasidim/Chasidim (Hebrew: חסידים‎) is the plural of Hasid (חסיד), meaning "pious". The honorific "Hasid" was frequently used as a term of exceptional respect in the Talmudic and early medieval periods. In classic Rabbinic literature it differs from "Tzadik"-"righteous", by instead denoting one who goes beyond the legal requirements of ritual and ethical Jewish observance in daily life. The literal meaning of "Hasid" derives from Chesed-"kindness", the outward expression of love of God and other people. This spiritual devotion motivates pious conduct beyond everyday limits. The devotional nature of its description lent itself to a few Jewish movements in history being known as "Hasidim". Two of these derived from the Jewish mystical tradition, as it could tend towards piety over legalism.

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Hasidim
... Hasidim/Chasidim (Hebrew חסידים‎) is the plural of Hasid (חסיד), meaning "pious" ... nature of its description lent itself to a few Jewish movements in history being known as "Hasidim" ...
Chabad (Hasidic Dynasty) - Customs
... not wear the fur hats common among other hasidim ... Almost all American Chabad Hasidim pronounce Hebrew according to the Lithuanian dialect ... However, many native Israeli Chabad Hasidim pronounce Hebrew according to the Modern Israeli Hebrew dialect ...
Shmuel Bornsztain (I) - World War I
... he acted as a guide and advisor to his own Hasidim as well as Hasidim of other dynasties and non-Hasidim seeking encouragement and support ...
Anarchism And Orthodox Judaism - Historical and Legendary Communities - Hasidim
... Kalonymus Kalman Shapira of Piasetzno had organized a mystical circle of Hasidim, focused on spiritual development and meditation ...
Menachem Shlomo Bornsztain - Becoming Rebbe
... Henoch, on 23 September 1965, Rabbi Menachem Shlomo was asked by the Sochatchover Hasidim to become their Rebbe ... Bornsztain was also asked by the Radomsker Hasidim who had survived the Holocaust to become their Rebbe as well ... He gave himself over completely to his Hasidim, his students, and the community at large ...