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'Hasidism: A New History' with David Biale

Thursday, December 7, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Far from a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world. So argue the eight distinguished authors, led by David Biale, of Hasidism: A New History, the first comprehensive account of the movement’s place in modern Jewish history. The book represents an innovative collaboration of scholars from the US, Israel, and Poland. In his presentation, Biale will offer an expanded view of the intellectual, religious, and social history of the followers and leaders of Hasidism. 

David Biale is Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis. Biale is the author of seven books and the editor of four others. He served as the project director and lead author for Hasidism: A New History. He has also completed a biography of Gershom Scholem for the Yale Jewish Lives series, which will be published in June, 2018. His books have won the National Jewish Book Award three times.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Lehrhaus Judaica.