The Partitions of Poland and the Immigrations of Hassidim to the Holy Land

אביש שור

Researchers of history and Hassidism have paid insufficient attention to the attitude of the Hassidic masters toward the political systems of the gentile authorities in Eastern Europe, and their involvement in such matters. These “political” issues would appear to have nothing to do with Hassidism and its leaders. This article will demonstrate the dynamic involvement of great Hassidic rabbis in these affairs, which included metaphysical discussions as well as internal disputes that continued throughout the years during which the partitions of Poland dragged on. 


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