Rabbinic Dynasties

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
November 2, 2017 15:37

Prof. Samuel Heilman examines the politics of succession in today’s hassidic dynasties

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SATMAR HASSIDIM celebrate Lag Ba’omer in Kiryas Joel, New York, in 2012

SATMAR HASSIDIM celebrate Lag Ba’omer in Kiryas Joel, New York, in 2012. (photo credit:MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS)

Thanks to large families, a retention rate that approaches 80%, and anti-modern beliefs and practices that privilege community, tradition and mysticism, the number of hassidim has increased to about 350,000 in North America, 445,000 in Israel, and 100,000 in other places around the world.

Hassidic communities have survived – and thrived – despite (and because of) the threats posed by Nazism, Soviet communism, geographical dislocation, secularism, assimilation and the death of charismatic leaders.

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