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Hasidism IncarnateHasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism$
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Shaul Magid

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804791304

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804791304.001.0001

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(p.171) Postscript
Hasidism Incarnate

Shaul Magid

Stanford University Press

The Conclusion returns to the main thesis with an emphasis on viewing Hasidism’s “incarnational thinking” in light of the development of Modern Jewish Thought. I introduce what I call the “Maimonidean matrix” which describes the template of modern Jewish philosophical and theological thinking up the second part of the twentieth century. Although Hasidism di have a significant impact of late nineteenth and early twentieth century romantic thinkers that made up the neo-Hasidic movement in Eastern Europe, Hasidism’s popularity soared among non-Hasidic Jews after the war in Israel and the Diaspora, especially in America. As a contemporary and somewhat speculative coda to the book, the Conclusion gestures to the ways in which Hasidism’s thinking about issues raised in this book had had an impact on the (re)construction of modern Judaism in the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty first century.

Keywords:   Maimonides, New Age, immanence, secularization, Neo-Hasidism

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