From its inception, the phenomenon of Hasidism has provoked a series of still unsettled questions: What accounts for the astounding popularity of the movement? What role did women play in Hasidic social formations? How does Hasidism relate to earlier Jewish mystical trends? Was Hasidism a radical or a conservative movement? How did Hasidism leave its mark on Hebrew and Yiddish literature of the modern period?
Join us as we consider these and other themes!
Hosted by the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies
Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley
Marcin Wodzinski, Ph.D.
Professor of Jewish History and Literature
University of Wrocław, Poland
Dr. Wodzinski’s special interests are the regional history of the Jews in Silesia, Jewish sepulchral art, and the social history of Jews in nineteenth-century Poland, specifically the history of Hasidism and Haskalah.
Additional support for Marcin Wodzinski’s visit is from the
Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture