Rituals have always been a characterizing and significant aspect of Hasidism. Although ritual practices are often considered rigid and conservative, Hasidism showed tremendous flexibility in composing, reviving, and disseminating old rituals in novel religious settings. Highly visible, easily deliverable, not requiring intellectual background, and embedded in Jewish tradition, rituals and ceremonies were the perfect means by which to popularize pietism and esoteric knowledge among large audiences, while maintaining the prestige of their performers.
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1 The research on which this article is based was supported by the German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), grant no. I-2409-101.4/2015.
The research on which this article is based was supported by the German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), grant no. I-2409-101.4/2015.
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